READY PLAYER ONE
Directed by Steven Spielberg (2018)
The POV of an Avatar
Written by Ioannis Makro
I picked to begin Moviemaniac’s Blog, with one of my favourite movies of 2018.
The pictures are all from the amazing scene which will be analysed in the last section.
The story for those (unlucky) who haven’t seen it (yet):
Year 2045. A dystopian world where virtual reality entertainment dominates real life. When James Halliday, the genius creator of this virtual reality universe dies, he releases a video in which he challenges all users to an “easter egg hunt” of three keys. The prize is his mythical fortune. An orphaned teenager, obsessed with this game, tries to win the contest in an adventurous journey.
Admiring a genius:
Steven Spielberg has made over 30 movies in his career. Yet every time he re-invents himself. Ready Player One has been partly criticised as too nostalgic, as a homage to pop culture with incomplete characters. However, looking closely it is much more than that.
It is a blockbuster symphony of the master and patriarch of blockbusters. It is a movie which is 50% film and 50% video game. It is also an allegory of future worlds which are in close proximity to our past and present, much closer than the genre of science-fiction usually implies. So, while we admire the genius of James Halliday in the movie, we cannot turn a blind eye to the genius of Spielberg.
A key scene to watch again and again:
“I don’t want to make any more rules, I am a dreamer, I build worlds”. This is the first big turn in the plot. Yet, in the same time it is like a self- reference from Spielberg. But most importantly it is an amazing scene - a window to a future world- where we are subdued not only to the avatar’s point of view who watches the humans talking. We are subdued to a new reality; we as humans are not watching the avatars, the avatars are watching us.