2018 (UK), Thriller/Science Fiction, 2h 19m
Starring: Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, T.J Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, Mark Rylance & Simon Pegg
The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Spielberg has seemingly done the impossible: balancing sugar-rush nostalgia with an involving story to create a pure, uncynical, cinematic ride that recaptures the magic of his early work.
The CGI and special effects here are visually stunning – they look so real and most of the time you forget that the scenes set in the OASIS are not live action.
What makes this movie fantastic is it’s relevance to the world today, whilst also taking you on an amazing nostalgia trip back to the 80s and 90s pop culture and video games; there is literally a reference or cameo a minute, and that’s where most of the fun comes from.
The acting was so-so (and Mark Rylance was downright terrible), but I didn’t expect anything less from what I was expecting to be a daft action flick – but the magical world and adventure we’re taken on more than makes up for it!