If it’s a geeky thing from the ’80s or ’90s, Ready Player One is here to take a giant dump on it.
A newly spotted batch of posters for the March 29 film from Steven Spielberg amount to visual remixes. Each one resembles the poster from a Gen X classic like Beetlejuice or The Lost Boys, only it swaps in a bunch of Ready Player One characters.
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It’s not clear how they’re officially connected to the movie, though SlashFilm notes they’ve been spotted at the Ready Player One Experience in Miami. But if you’ve been groaning at trailers that feature visual riffs on these same classic movies, these posters aren’t likely to change your mind.
To be fair, we don’t know how the final movie will turn out. The book by author Ernest Cline has been panned by some for exploiting geek sensibilities, wrapping overt references around an otherwise vapid and frequently problematic story.
Based on the trailers so far, however, Spielberg’s taken some liberties. And if there’s anyone alive who understands how to speak the language of geek-friendly blockbusters from the final two decades of the 20th century, it’s him.
The internet, of course, responded with ample amounts of snark. There are plenty of defenders out there, too. Snark is just more fun to read.
Someone made the ready player one posters and thought to themselves “yeah thats an epic win”
— Young upgrade 🤔🙏🏿 (@Zappytwee) March 6, 2018
The only thing these Ready Player One posters have elicited from me other than questioning humanity’s existence is a need to see The Iron Giant.
— S.M. Pollard (@SM_Pollard) March 6, 2018
Look, I get what Ready Player One was trying to do with these posters. It was just really not executed in the best way.
— Adrian Holmes (@holmboi) March 6, 2018
Okay. Ready Player One vs Stranger Things 2 retro posters are perfect examples of good and bad use of nostalgia.
Good: Using unique assets and placing them in the same place as previous posters.
Bad: Photoshopping classic assets with new things over them. It screams “rip off”. pic.twitter.com/dqcT1syr9H
— Charles Lai (@comtar) March 6, 2018
Even more funny than the ready player one posters is the reaction of people when they discover they are real
— 𝕂𝕚𝕥𝕥𝕪🐱 (@NSFKitty) March 6, 2018