Ready Player One – An Okay Film That Slightly Improves on an Okay Book

Ready Player One – An Okay Film That Slightly Improves on an Okay Book

A couple of months ago, I posted my book review of Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. I had a lot of mixed thoughts about it, so it turned out pretty long… you can read it here if you want to see what I thought!

The day after I finished the book I went to see the film in the cinema, and my god, I was TORN. I tend to be very sensitive about how close film adaptations are to their books, and Ready Player One had me torn in two. I won’t go into it to much here… here’s my review of the film and how it compares to the book.

A couple of months ago, I read Ready Player One by Ernest Cline and it was... okay. Then the film came out and I had NO idea what to make of it when I saw it. Here's my attempt at a review...

The Positives

World Building

My very first opinion of the film was that it was that it set up the world and the characters very well. The book is packed full of world building – like, I think it’s about 85% description – so I wondered how this would translate to the screen. It actually did pretty well – there was a lot of explaining in the form of narration at the beginning, but they did a good job of picking the most important parts of Cline’s extensive world building to highlight.

Appearance

I was also impressed by the appearance of the main character, which pretty much matched the image I had in my head when reading the book, and the look of the real world as well as the virtual world inside the OASIS. It all looked great, and again, almost exactly how I imagined it!

This is where the similarities ended, though. The rest of the film was SO different, and I was overwhelmed with the changes. That’s not to say that these changes are a bad thing, though… there’s a mix of both. Some changes left me a bit irritated because I loved them in the book, whereas others vastly improved on their respective sections in the book.

Challenges

Possibly the biggest change is the challenges that the ‘gunters’ have to do in a bid to win the game – and this was one of the changes that was a huge improvement on the book. The book’s challenges are, quite frankly, a bit boring, and when I read them I was a bit confused how they’d translate. So, I wasn’t shocked to see that for the film, the challenges were completely revamped to make them more exciting, more intense, and a lot more dramatic.

The rest of the changes, though, didn’t impress me as much… instead, they left me feeling a bit disappointed that they changed some of the best bits of the book.

The Negatives

Art3mis

Art3mis is another ‘gunter’, and someone that Wade looks up to. He reads her blog, and she’s practically famous in the ‘gunter’ community. In the book, he doesn’t meet her throughout the whole book (until they’re forced to at the end). She’s worried about meeting Wade in real life because she thinks he’ll find her hideous due to a large birthmark on her face and the fact that she’s overweight.

However, in the film, Wade literally meets Art3mis within 20 minutes. Not only that, but she has the faintest little birthmark and she’s conventionally Hollywood attractive and thin. Not at all how I imagined someone who hides her appearance behind a beautiful online persona, and definitely not someone who matches her description in the book.

I really liked the suspense of him meeting Art3mis and the rest of the gang in the book, and the build-up to their meeting with Wade wondering if they’d look like their virtual characters. But in the film, he kind of stumbles across them and it’s all very unplanned and convenient. Ugh, I didn’t like it.

Romantic Emphasis

While I’m on the subject of Art3mis, they did the exact thing I expected (and dreaded) from a high-budget Hollywood film: they focused waaayyy too much on the romantic relationship between Wade and Art3mis. The book didn’t have too much emphasis on the romance between them. It was there, sure, but it wasn’t really at the forefront of the story. In the film though, it took up far too much of the story, and it was boring!

Super Long Battle Sequence

Another thing I hated was how long the battle sequence went on at the end of the film. In the book, I appreciated that the battle only lasted a couple of chapters. I’m not a huge fan (if a fan at all) of battle sequences, which is one of the reasons I don’t like superhero or action films. So when the big battle scene in Ready Player One lasted about 4 hours, I was ready to either fall asleep or leave. 😀 It just wasn’t needed – it was dragged out for way too long and it reminded me a lot of the scene in Avatar, where it could have lasted 5 minutes instead of 5 hours.

Summary

I’m sure there are other things I’ve missed out of this review, but I’ve tried to remember as much as I could. As much as I wasn’t a big fan of the book, I still wanted the film to be a good adaptation. It was a very odd experience, because there were a lot of things that were great and improved so much on the book, but there were possible a lot more things that I didn’t like.

Generally, it’s a fun film to go and see, and I think the consensus is that if you haven’t read the book, you’ll like the film a lot. But as someone who finished the book just a day before I saw the film, I just couldn’t help but compare the two. Maybe if I hadn’t read it, my opinion would be a lot more positive… but I’ll never know. 😀

What did you think? Have you read the book, seen the film, or both? And if you’ve seen both, how did they compare for you?

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Love, Simon – A Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Book

Love, Simon – A Perfect Adaptation of a Wonderful Book

In the past couple of years, Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli has been HUGE in the book blogging community. People have been loving it, and for good reason! It’s full of great LGBT rep, and perfect characters that you can’t help but love. You can read my review of the book here.

Love Simon film review

I finally read this book this year when I found out that the film adaptation, called Love, Simon, was being released. I’m glad I read it first because it made me SO excited to go and see the film! Here’s what I thought…

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Everyone deserves a great love story. But for seventeen-year old Simon Spier it’s a little more complicated: he’s yet to tell his family or friends he’s gay and he doesn’t actually know the identity of the anonymous classmate he’s fallen for online. Resolving both issues proves hilarious, terrifying and life-changing. Directed by Greg Berlanti (Dawson’s Creek, Brothers & Sisters), written by Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger (This is Us), and based on Becky Albertalli’s acclaimed novel, LOVE, SIMON is a funny and heartfelt coming-of-age story about the thrilling ride of finding yourself and falling in love.

 

🎬 UK Release: 6th April 2018
🎬 Director: Greg Berlanti
🎬 Starring: Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg, Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel, Tony Hale

Love, Simon: My Thoughts

I’ll cut straight to the chase: Love, Simon was SO GOOD and SO close to the book!! I think it helped that the author had a lot of input (I think). I absolutely loved the cast – every character was cast perfectly. Some of them might not have been how I imagined them, but every single one of them was captured perfectly (so much that I forgot how I imagined them in the first place). Simon’s parents were perfect too, and I loved the dynamic of his family.

The way they did the Blue mystery was great, with all of the ‘suspects’ taking turns to be in Blue’s place so we were teased into believing that each person was Blue. The whole thing is a bit less mysterious in the film and I thought it was fairly obvious who it was early on (maybe because I already knew). However, I feel like it’s a lot easier to be more mysterious in a book, so this didn’t bother me one bit.

There were a couple of things they were different from the book, but I didn’t mind these at all because they were all pretty insignificant. For example, book Simon has 2 sisters, but in the film he has 1; in the book, Leah plays drums in a concert, but doesn’t in the film; etc. The only thing that niggled me a bit (okay, maybe a lot) was the fact that (warning – spoilers) in the film, Leah suddenly told Simon that she was in love with him. That doesn’t happen in the book, does it?!! I was a bit surprised at that.

The ending, where Simon finds out who Blue is while sitting on a ferris wheel in front of a cheering crowd, was cheesy as heck – but it was perfect for a film like this. It’s the sort of film where you don’t care about bits being cheesy. It was the best ending, and definitely lived up to the ending in the book.

Love, Simon was so good, especially if you love a great feel-good film that perfectly captures the essence of the original book. It’s also great for LGBT representation, which we can never have enough of!

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Call Me By Your Name: Beautiful Setting & LGBT Representation

Call Me By Your Name: Beautiful Setting & LGBT Representation

It’s not often that I go and see a film that I know absolutely nothing about, but when I saw that Call Me By Your Name had been nominated for various big awards (including Best Film, Best Actor, and Best Adapted Screenplay at the Oscars), I wanted to see what the fuss was about. It came out a while ago but it was showing in my local theatre where they often show films that didn’t have a wide release, so I had to take the opportunity to see it!

I wasn’t sure at first what I’d think of it at first because I didn’t know anything about it, but I ended up really enjoying it! Here are my thoughts…

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The Shape of Water: Exceptional Cast, Beautiful Story & Gorgeous Music

The Shape of Water: Exceptional Cast, Beautiful Story & Gorgeous Music

Oh my goodness, if there’s a film this year that has completely blown my socks off, it’s The Shape of Water. I was so excited to see this film for ages before it came out, and I was even more excited that I got to see it early at a Cineworld Unlimited screening at the end of January. Now, to top it all off, it just won Best Picture at the Oscars and I couldn’t be happier!!!

The Shape of Water dominated the 2018 Oscar nominations and went on to win Best Picture. Here's my review of one of the most beautiful films this year!

I won’t say too much in this introduction because that’s what the review is for, so I’ll get straight to it. Here’s what I thought of The Shape of Water… (Spoilers: it’s incredible.)

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Does It Deserve the Hype?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri: Does It Deserve the Hype?

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri seemed to dominate the BAFTAs this year, with awards going to Frances McDormand for Best Actress, Sam Rockwell for Best Supporting Actor, and it even won the biggest award of the night, Best Film. It’s been hyped for its incredible acting, writing and story – but do I think it lives up to the hype?

The hype from both critics and audiences for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri has been crazy, so I decided to see for myself if it deserves it!

I went to see the film a few weeks ago without really knowing a great deal about it apart from that Frances McDormand is in it, so this was another film I was going into without having many expectations or opinions. Here’s what I thought!

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