Page To Screen Review – Ready Player One

Posted April 2, 2018 by Kathy in Page to Screen / 12 Comments

Last year I read Ready Player One and loved it (my review), so I was counting the days for the movie to hit the theaters.  Since I was on vacation I was able to watch the movie on the premiere day, but I walked out of the theater feeling a little disappointed.

Warning – the following contains spoilers for both the novel and movie.

What did I like?

  • The cast – I thought the casting was perfect and they all did a great job portraying the characters I loved. Tye Sheridan (Parzival/Wade) and Mark Rylance (Anorak/Halliday) were perfect!
  • The special effects – the movie is directed by Steven Speilberg so it comes as no surprise the CGI was going to be high quality and entertaining.


What didn’t I like?

  • The story – there were so many changes from the book I was getting frustrated watching the movie!  I know there are always changes made to movie/TV adaptations but there were so many key elements that were changed:
    • How the main characters meet – it was rushed and because of this you don’t see Wade’s true passion as a Halliday fan.
    • The quests – in the book each quest included a long trial, which I understand would make the movie over 2 hours long, but I was hoping to see some of the scenes brought to life. The movie versions were short and completely different from the book.
    • The 80’s references – this wasn’t a focus as it is in the book. I grew up in the 80’s which is why I loved the book.  I miss the feeling of nostalgia while I was watching the movie.


Final thoughts

As a fan of the book you will probably be disappointed with the movie.  But if I step back and don’t compare it to the book, I think the movie was good.  I’ll watch it again once it goes on DVD.

Have you seen a movie/TV adaptation of a book you loved or hated?




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12 responses to “Page To Screen Review – Ready Player One

    • Kathy

      I hope you enjoy both. Even though I was disappointed with the movie, it was good on it’s own. Thanks!

    • Kathy

      I read the book last year so the details are still fresh. It was still entertaining even though I was disappointed. Thanks Grace!

  1. I saw this on Sunday and really enjoyed it – but I haven’t read the book yet. I had heard similar comments, so I decided it was safe to watch the movie and read the book later. I have to say, not having read the book I didn’t notice the things you point out. Like I got that Wade was really a passionate Halliday fan. And the 80s stuff still came back to me great. But I can definitely understand how the book could do it that much better and make the movie feel lacking. I have that feeling all the time.

    Oh and the movie was already 2 hours 20 minutes… I only know because I assumed it was your typical 1 hour 30 minutes and was late meeting my husband because of it LOL. So I can only imagine if they did the longer quests lol! Great post!

    • Kathy

      The book goes into a lot of 80’s tv, movies and music, so I had a huge smile while reading it. The movie was already long so I understand them cutting out a lot of details. Oh well lol. Thanks Berls!

  2. I have been hearing a lot of fans lamenting about this adaptation. Sorry you were disappointed. Sadly, I had tried to listen to this in audiobook format, and it was not working for me. I might try to pick the book up again. People love it so much, and I really did enjoy the first part of it, but then it got repetitive for me, and I am a ruthless DNFer.

    • Kathy

      The book does have a lot of details of Halliday’s past, so the pace is slow in parts. That does make it hard for an audiobook, so hopefully reading the book will be a better experience for you. Thanks Sam!

    • Kathy

      I think waiting to rent on dvd or watch on cable is a good idea. It was good but I don’t think worth the price of a movie ticket. Going to the movies is so expensive now because of the reclined seats. Thanks Katherine!

    • Kathy

      I need to start going in with low expectations for books I love lol. If you decide to read the book I suggest you listen to the audiobook. Actor Wil Wheaton performance was amazing. Thanks Melanie!