(This review may contain spoilers).
I haven’t read the book this movie is based on, but I still really enjoyed watching it and I thought that many of the visual effects were stunning; though I did wonder how big a budget the movie had to include all sorts of pop culture items.
I liked the whole idea of people effectively living in virtual reality and relying so heavily on their technology, as I think that’s the way the world truly could end up going. And it was good to see the hunt for the egg – though apart from Wade and H, I couldn’t really see much of the players interacting with each other.
I did like Art3mis, even though she did come across as a fairly stereotypical tough girl. And the whole Wade developing feelings for her kind of fit with his character, but I still found myself rolling my eyes at some of the very corny dialogue he spouted.
I was kind of disappointed when The Shining was brought into play, as I felt that the major changes really didn’t fit in with what had been shown of Halliday’s character.
I would have liked a bit more detail about the world outisde the Oasis, especially when it came to the loyalty chambers, as it wasn’t clear what they were and how they could be legal when they were first brought up.
There were some really good elements of foreshadowing in this movie and, even though it didn’t really feel like danger when they were in the Oasis, there was enough happening outside that it did feel like the characters’ actions had real consequences.
This was a movie I very much enjoyed watching and it’s one I would watch again in the future. And will probably buy on DVD when it comes out.