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Are you ready? Of course you are! If you weren't ready for Ready Player One, why would you be here? Steven Spielberg's big budget adaptation of Ernest Cline's best-selling novel is probably the event of March, and certainly of Easter Weekend's box office. But with big films come big expectations, and even bigger reactions. Which means it's the perfect movie to talk out during this week's special Rate and Discuss!
While crowd reaction is still compiling, the critical community seems to have deemed this film as a fresh offering. Though there are some caveats, as our official review offered the following summation, which seems to be the consensus:
While not quite peak Spielberg, Ready Player One is a fun exploration of pop culture with a fantastic sense of spectacle that mostly makes up for some weak plotting.
The critics appear to have their minds made up, but have you, the audience, formed your thoughts on Ready Player One? If so, feel free to share them in the comments at the end, along with the answers to the following discussion questions:
Which key challenge do you think was the most exciting?
If you had an OASIS account, what would your avatar look like?
How do you feel this film ranks on the scale of Spielberg's blockbusters?
As a fan of the book, what was the best / worst change this adaptation of Ready Player One made?
Do you think Ready Player One worked better in its source material, or do you think the film was an improvement over the various issues fans have had with Ernie Cline's novel?
Does Ready Player One rely too heavily on 80's nostalgia to work with the changes in IP referenced?
With the film fresh in your mind, it's now time to give Ready Player One your official seal of approval or disapproval! Using our poll below, rate the film on a scale of 0 to 5, and feel free to explain your rating in your comments at the end of the game!
Before we leave you to potentially step back into the OASIS, we have some suggested reading to throw your way. In particular, if you haven't seen the film in IMAX 3D, it's highly suggested that you do so at once! You can see why when you read our To 3D or Not To 3D column! And if you're interested as to just how different Ernest Cline's book is from the screenplay he helped shape into the Ready Player One movie, we have a laundry list of the biggest differences between both. Last, but not least, we talked to screenwriter Zak Penn during the press day for the film, and he shared with us just how easy Steven Spielberg made the process of securing the rights to the referenced materials in the film.
That's it for our Rate and Discuss for Ready Player One! Share your thoughts, and if you want to read more about the film, you can head to our coverage page for the film and gorge on the content available.