Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One gets a new nostalgia-stuffed trailer including a tribute to Spielberg's own movie Jurassic Park. Ernest Kline's novel comes to life in the hands of Spielberg, who now circles back around to nostalgia-mine the pop culture he himself largely created. Kline co-wrote the movie's script along with Zak Penn.
Set in 2045, Ready Player One depicts a world on the brink of collapse. Desperate people escape their troubles in the OASIS, a VR universe created by the brilliant James Halliday (Mark Rylance). Upon his death, Halliday leaves his fortune to the person who can find an Easter egg hidden within the OASIS. This of course ignites a world wide contest, with everyone wanting to score the ultimate prize. When Columbus, Ohio trailer park dweller Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) joins the contest, he finds himself in a fantastical treasure hunt through a universe where the pop culture of the past comes to frenetic life. Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, and T.J. Miller also star together with Simon Pegg.
Warner Bros. has released another Ready Player One trailer, once again focusing in on the movie's many (many many) pop culture references. Keep your eyes peeled and you'll even see a guest star from Steven Spielberg's own Jurassic Park. A person could probably spend days picking out all the Easter eggs jammed into the clip. In addition, the trailer also teases Wade Watts' hero arc as he rises from humble trailer park denizen to VR hero. The movie's visual effects are on full display in the new clip (see the video in the space above).
A previous trailer for Ready Player One leaned even harder into the '80s angle by using Van Halen's "Jump" as the musical soundtrack. The new clip is more whimsical, employing an ethereal version of "Pure Imagination" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The connection back to Willy Wonka makes sense given the movie's story. Like Charlie Bucket, Wade Watts lives in a dismal, soul-crushing world. And also like Charlie he receives a spark of hope by entering a crazy man's contest. The world of Willy Wonka of course was one that appealed to kids of earlier generations. Nowadays, kids don't want to disappear into a fantasy universe of chocolate rivers, everlasting Gobstoppers, and little weird singing orange people. They want to vanish into a video game where they can play as their favorite characters from other video games, movies, TV shows, and books.
In the '70s and '80s, Steven Spielberg rose to become the prime purveyor of escapist cinematic fantasy. But later on, Spielberg became more serious and his fantasies were invaded by a certain sense of gloom and foreboding. Though Ready Player One looks like a giddy video game on the surface, one detects more serious undertones lurking around. What does Spielberg truly have in store for audiences with Ready Player One? Is the movie just another popcorn thrill ride? Or does the old man have something deeper he wants to say with his dystopian trip through a world of "pure" recycled imagination?
Source: Warner Bros.
- Ready Player One (2018) release date: Mar 29, 2018