Ready Play One
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Based on the novel by Ernest Cline
If you missed it, check out my review of the Audiobook (I loved it)
2. It wasn’t anywhere close to the book!
3. I still liked it?
I know what your thinking – How can I like the movie if it is nothing like the book? Honestly? I am not sure myself. I am super conflicted! I feel like I should dislike the movie, but I just can’t find it in my heart to hate it. Don’t get me wrong, the book is waaaay better, but I still liked the movie.
I went in with low expectations, which helped. The movie trailer prominently featured a car race that didn’t exist in the book. There was also Iron Giant and Chucky, both of which I am fairly certain weren’t in the book (or at least weren’t big enough to warrant a spot in the trailer). So I knew from the get-go that they changed a lot of stuff. It makes sense that they had to change some stuff because there was so many obscure references in the book that it would be impossible to include them all. But I thought they would just pick and choose from the references in the book not choose completely new pop culture references.
They didn’t just change the references they changed some major plot points. I can’t go into more detail without spoiling anything, but I was surprised by the changes they made. Some worked and some didn’t. I had more issues with this than with them changing the references used. Plus there was some parts that I don’t think I would have understood if I hadn’t read the book? I am not sure someone with no background knowledge would have understood?
While the Oasis was not what I imagined, I thought they did the real world perfectly. The Stacks were exactly how I pictured them. Plus I really liked the cast for all the characters except Aech. (There wasn’t necessarily anything wrong with the acting, it just wasn’t how I pictured it.) I really really liked the actor they got for Parzival. He did a great job of being cute, nerdy, and bad a$$ all wrapped up in one.
I am going to have to give this two ratings because I can’t reconcile my three initial thoughts into one.
Rating as an adaption of the book: * (1 out of 5)
Rating as a stand alone movie: **** (4 out of 5)
Basically it was a good movie, but it didn’t follow the book so I can’t give it a good rating!
Have you seen the movie? Read the book? Both? What are your thoughts? (On the book, or the movie, or the trailer, or the book vs the movie, or anything?)
Please tell me I am not the only one who still liked it despite it being such a bad adaptation?!?!?!