Breaking news: Geek Twitter is being melodramatic.
"Ready Player One," directed by Steven Spielberg from the Ernest Cline novel, is opening in theaters March 29. A lot of people already don't like it, for varying reasons -- some based on the book, some not. It seems cool to not like it, or at least to not like the new posters. That became clear to anyone checking out Twitter on Tuesday after the new posters starting making the rounds.
You can check out all of the posters at /FILM; they "pay homage" to nostalgia movies like "Back to the Future," "The Iron Giant," "Rambo," "The Breakfast Club," "The Lost Boys," "Beetlejuice," "Blade Runner," "The Goonies," "Risky Business," and more. "Ready Player One" digital characters are inserted in the posters, as you can see from the examples in tweets below.
Some fans -- and /FILM, among other outlets -- liked the posters, but the movie title got itself trending on Tuesday because of all the non-fans roasting the [bleep] out of it:
This pretty much sums up this whole Ready Player One poster situation pic.twitter.com/bzZBNRrSnS— PTSD Bibble (@PTSDGuts) March 6, 2018
In this era of extensive political, cultural, and social tensions, it's really heartwarming to see that the entire spectrum of geek and nerd fandoms have come together in pure, undiluted hatred of "Ready Player One".— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) March 6, 2018
I'm going to pretend that all of them hate it for the same reasons I do: it is yet another shitty "dude loves manic pixie dream girl while dropping 135 references that make him seem cool and cultured" excuse for sci-fi. I'll hold out for @ava's adaptation of Octavia Butler, thx.— Jo Yurcaba (@JoYurcaba) March 6, 2018
i for one think the Ready Player One posters are fantastic because they tell you exactly what you're getting—the replacement of substance with reference with no real thought past that pic.twitter.com/Qp3DwHvvq0— 🇮🇹🇸🇿🇺 (@Itszutak) March 6, 2018
The opportunity we're missing here is to photoshop even worse Ready Player One posters— Kate Leth 🦇✨🌈 (@kateleth) March 6, 2018
This Ready Player One movie is nostalgia for people who never had nostalgia before.— Joe Fourhman (@fourhman) March 6, 2018
I was going to say that READY PLAYER ONE is the best example of taking a slam-dunk, take-my-money geek property and making it repellant to that audience, but I keep forgetting that JUSTICE LEAGUE was actually a thing that was released. pic.twitter.com/1aZQcB63rF— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 6, 2018
i duno even on top of everything else it bothers me a lot that Ready Player One's marketing consistently points out The Iron Giant in a big combat scene given that The Iron Giant as a film centered entirely around antiwar themes and roundly condemning mindless violence— Moom (@MOOMANiBE) March 6, 2018
it's the purest form of referential trash, pulling something out of its context in a way that completely robs it of its original meaning, even HARMS that meaning— Moom (@MOOMANiBE) March 6, 2018
ready player one should be 100 minutes of someone standing at the bottom of an enormous landfill that is slowly filled with funko pops, first burying the person at the bottom, then overflowing, breaching the oceans, suffocating the earth— Zac Bertschy (@ActionZacku) March 6, 2018
Ready Player One is a fun reminder that everything I've ever loved is garbage and I'm garbage and the world would be better if people like me didn't exist— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) March 6, 2018
I hate it so much because it is a mirror that shows me my true self. Just like the cave in Empire Strikes Back.— Olly Moss (@ollymoss) March 6, 2018
My fellow Americans, we should all get together and eat some bbq anywhere but Brooklyn and talk about how much we hate "Ready Player One".— Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) March 6, 2018
-- platform for my 2020 presidential campaign
I thought Schindler's List would be the most depressing movie by Steven Spielberg but Ready Player One is shaping up to take that spot.— That No Good Rotten Megos (@Megos95) March 6, 2018
Ready Player One looks so amazingly creatively bankrupt. It's making everything it references less cool by association and that's as impressive as it is sad.— 👑 Princess Daphne 👑 (@daphnetrodon) March 6, 2018
Hmm...I'm not sure what to say about these Ready Player One spoof posters. pic.twitter.com/7fVIxxCahE— SB-2749 (@SuperBluey2749) March 6, 2018
Me @ the terribly edited Ready Player One posters "homaging" classic films pic.twitter.com/HO1GYm2jen— Sean @ Cú Chulainn diet (@Stairfax) March 6, 2018
It's amazing how cynical a world can be to allow the 50 Shades series to be a hit, yet will crucify Ready Player One before it's released based on posters. I don't understand geek culture anymore; they've forgotten how to enjoy things, opting for sarcasm and rancor as a default.— rxsheepxr (@rxsheepxr) March 6, 2018
Guess I shouldn't even admit that I think those Ready Player One spoof posters are kinda cool. Fun, harmless marketing.— John Squires (@FreddyInSpace) March 6, 2018
Just generally exhausted with how much we all hate everything. pic.twitter.com/N9BPKapHyh
"Ready Player One" may or may not deserve its current roasting, but that last guy has a point. Hate and cynicism are pretty exhausting. (To the tweet right before his -- don't worry, "Fifty Shades" still faces way more sarcasm and rancor than "Ready Player One.")
Here's what the movie is actually about:
"The film is set in 2045, with the real world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But people have found salvation in the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday died, he left his immense fortune, and total control of the OASIS, to the first person to win three keys, unlocking the door to a digital Easter egg he hid somewhere in his seemingly infinite creation. His challenge launched a game that gripped the entire world, but after five years the scoreboard remained tauntingly empty...until now.
An unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan)—under his avatar name, Parzival—finally conquers the first contest, instantly becoming a celebrity...and a target. Ruthless corporate mogul Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) proves he will stop at nothing to beat Wade and take over the OASIS, and suddenly the virtual stakes are all-too-real. Ultimately realizing he cannot win alone, Wade joins forces with his friends—now the High Five (Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki). Together, they are hurled into a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS."
"Ready Player One" opens in theaters on March 29, 2018.
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