The Iron Giant in Ready Player One

Ready Player One Trailer #3 (2018) “Come With Me”

Ready Player One is a book I loved, and I have never felt that any of the trailers that have been presented for Steven Spielberg’s upcoming adaptation of the book felt like they were on point, and that continues with the final trailer, which is an homage to the Willy Wonkaesque quest that players will go on in the OASIS to find the hidden keys.  I have no confidence in Steven Spielberg as a director anymore, either as a serious film maker or a crafter of the kind of blockbusters he created as a the driving financial force in Hollywood.  There seems way more emphasis on Easter Eggs and cameos in this trailer than the actual plot, which is more than enough to sell the story.  If they’d pushed The Iron Giant this much before his own movie, more people would have seen that animated classic.  He’s gotten more screen time than the plot.  I hope I’m wrong, but I think this film is going to go horribly off the rails.  Ready Player One opens in March 29, 2018.

Set in the near future, Ready Player One follows outcast teenager Wade Watts (Sheridan), who escapes from his bleak surroundings by logging in to the OASIS, a globally networked virtual utopia where users can lead idyllic alternate lives. When eccentric billionaire who created the OASIS dies, he offers up his vast fortune as the prize in an elaborate treasure hunt. Along with gamers from around the world, Wade joins the adventure, and quickly finds himself pitted against powerful corporate foes and other ruthless competitors who will do anything, in the oasis or the real world, to reach the treasure first. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cook, Leticia Wright, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, and Ben Mendelsohn.
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6 thoughts on “Ready Player One Trailer #3 (2018) “Come With Me””

  1. About two years ago I had never heard of Mark Rylance or Ben Mendelssohn, and now they are the main selling points of this movie for me. The premise seems clear enough. Gift wrapped for Spielberg, to make a huge return to form, too. If we were in store for THAT, they would be selling the film that way. Instead this looks overwrought, muddled, and bogged down by other people’s IP’s. I want to be wrong, I want to say an ad campaign can give you the wrong idea about a movie. But for a huge Spielberg sci fi release to be marketed in such a confused way, it must reflect the actual movie, because given the source, it sounds like it would be really easy to make this movie look coherent, even if it is not. They must be trying to convey something.

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      1. I have the greatest casting choice too, to play the new Indy: Alden Ehrenreich.

        No, wait. There should be no new Indy movies at all all. It should just END.

        But since it will not, consider that Steve might be the only things standing in the way of an obnoxious modern day reboot. Do you think I’m joking? Even if Disney does not go that far, Indy needs to stay pure. As long as Steve and Harrison are alive, I want their teeth clamped around this. Harrison will step aside gracefully because of his age, but if the only way Steve will remain is by directing, so be it. Without George at his elbow, things will be much improved, and Bridge of Spies was great, and Tintin (the original Dr. Jones, godammit) was all kinds of wonderful. I’m not as worried as I probably should be.

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  2. You know what they were trying to do, right? It seems pretty obvious to me right now. The plan was to sell this as a pop culture mashup for the ages.

    Because who doesn’t love the Iron Giant? Trick question. It remains a cult film. A wonderful cult film, a beloved cult film, but nevertheless.

    And yet they are pushing the Iron Giant like he is Mickey Mouse.


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