The problem with being in the Ukraine is that I cannot get my movie fix. Movies here are dubbed and there are no English sub titles, so for 5 weeks I’ve had to give up watching new releases. When I received an invite to the prescreening of Ready Player One I basically sobbed myself to sleep because I couldn’t attend (slight exaggeration but you get my drift). So I did the next best thing and sent my brother! He penned some thoughts for me about the movie in the best no spoiler sense. This is what he had to say:
Trailers are tricky things. Sometimes you can derive an entire story from a single one, sometimes the best jokes are used and other times the trailer leaves you wanting more. For me, Ready Player One’s trailer did the latter for me. So I had to see it.
Ready Player One finds a host of every conceivable pop culture reference and makes it. There’s an easter egg in every scene. If you grew up playing Mario, watching movies, reading comics or owning noobs in a FPS – you should watch this film. Actually, book to watch it twice because you’ll likely need to re-watch it to catch all the surprises, but it would be well worth it. The movie is out in cinemas on 29 March. It isn’t an identical homage to the novel but the little things about each scene will make it worth the watch. Yes, some characters are easily forgotten and the storyline isn’t as strong as the book BUT the pop culture references will make you want to visit the OASIS again and again.
I spoke to him as he left the cinema and while he wasn’t 100% sold on the writing he was in love with the easter eggs he mentioned above and told me I needed to go see it. So I will, on my return. I think the folks at Warner Bros. were feeling my fomo because they’ve offered me something to make up for me having to miss the release of this movie:
3 RAD READY PLAYER ONE HAMPERS
These hampers are any geek girl’s dream. I’d 1v1 anyone for that sweat shirt alone! The hampers are valued at R1400 and each one contains what you see in the pictures above. It the perfect way to display your gaming geek nerd side and celebrate the movie.
Okay, now to the winning part. To get your hands on one of these 3 hampers all you need to do is the following:
- Comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite video game of all time is and why
- Send out a tweet, Instagram pic or post on the Tech Girl Facebook page wall sharing your READY PLAYER ONE moment (be as creative with that as you want 😉 ). The social post needs to include @TechGirlZA or tag me in it so I can see. You’ll also need to use the hashtag #ReadyPlayerOneZA
So basically one blog comment and a social media post. You can choose your preferred platform. I’ll choose my 3 favourites on Tuesday 3 April. So you have until then to enter.
Let’s celebrate our love of geek and gaming. Please be aware that this competition is only open to individuals currently residing in South Africa.