You may not know this, but between the two hosts of this show, one likes to read a lot (J) and one doesn’t (Q), but one thing we both agree on is that the book Ready Player One is balls-to-the-wall amazing. The feeling of most after reading Ernest Cline’s breathtaking debut novel was that it could never be adapted into a film because getting the rights to even half of the pop culture references made in the books would be impossible. Well, impossible for anyone but Steven Spielberg. So when it was announced that Spielberg would be directing the movie adaptation, our hearts skipped a beat. We covered a teaser TrailerTown from Comic-Con this year, but we never had a good look at the film itself. Now, all that has changed…

Watch the new full-length TrailerTown for Ready Player One right here and then read our Top 5 thoughts about it below:

Top 5 Things About the Ready Player One Trailer

  1. Musical Theater – Huge parts of the book play off or reference music from the 80s and early 90s, so when the TrailerTown starts off with Depeche Mode’s “World in My Eyes” and then takes an abrupt leap (pun intended) into Van Halen’s “Jump,” we were ready to jump into our Ecto-1’s and follow Wade Watts into virtual battle. Then, to cap it all off, we got a Back to the Future sting at the end? Let’s do this!
  2. Referencing References Referenced – Easily the best part of Cline’s novel was his perfect use and amalgamation of pop culture references. Here’s a short list of all the ones seen so far in the two relased TrailerTowns: Iron Giant (The Iron Giant), Chucky (Child’s Play), Light Bikes (Tron), Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Harley Quinn & Deathstroke (DC Comics), Conan the Barbarian (Conan the Barbarian), Gandolf (Lord of the Rings), Deadpool (Marvel), Delorian (Back to the Future), Duke Nukem (Duke Nukem Games), A-Team Van (The A-Team), Lara Croft (Tomb Raider series), Christine (Stephen King’s Christine), Ryu & Chun-Li (Street Fighter), KITT (Knight Rider), Interceptor Car (Mad Max), Tracer (Overwatch), Voltron (Voltron), Mach 5 (Speed Racer), and King Kong (King Kong), and those were just the ones we saw. We need a nap now.
  3. When With Ben – The cast of Ben Mendelsohn as the evil IOI President bent on controlling the OASIS was a genius movie. If you need someone to play an intimidating corporate douche, hell-bent on power and control, you can’t do much better than Mendelsohn.
  4. The Real World – In order to have a movie with this story work, the “real” world in the film has to be an overcrowded cesspool that people would need to escape from into a virtual world. Spielberg has seemingly nailed the look of the real world in this TrailerTown, almost as if he pulled the design straight from the book descriptions.
  5. Fun Run – Our last favorite thing about this TrailerTown is simply how much fun this movie looks. Yes, there will be changes from the book. Yes, there may be too much CGI for our liking. And yes, there may be more modern-day references than 80s references than we’d like. But overall, if the filmmakers are dedicated to giving us as fun of a ride into the OASIS as the book did, then we won’t have too much to compain about when it comes to the small things.

That’s it! What did we miss? What other easter eggs did you catch in the TrailerTown? We’re already prepped to strap on our gear and leap into the OASIS next March, will you be joining us?