Prepare to be mad about 'Ready Player One' exploiting your geek loves again

Prepare to be mad about 'Ready Player One' exploiting your geek loves again

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.

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.

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