Ready Player One trailer breakdown

One major ’80s reference remaining is, of course, the DeLorean. Spielberg cut most of Cline’s references to his own movies, but he kept the Back to the Future vehicle from the movie he executive-produced. “So many of the iconic moments chosen by Ernie happened in the era I was very much involved in. I had to leave a lot of myself out, or I would’ve had to defer to another director,” Spielberg said.

Parzival cruising around the Bethesda Fountain in Central Park is a new addition to the story. It’s from the film’s big race in the OASIS’ Manhattan. Inside the DeLorean are the correct dates from Back to the Future:

Ready Player One trailer breakdown

Some other recognizable vehicles? Max Rockatansky’s car on the left side of this shot.

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As the Sixers get ready for the race, the killer car from Stephen King’s “Christine” is in view, as is The A-Team’s vehicle. Standing next to the red Plymouth Fury is video game icon, Lara Croft.

ready player one trailer breakdown

Riding the bike from Akira is one of the best players in the game, Art3mis. “These avatars are sometimes the idealized version of themselves or a completely different creation,” Cooke said at Comic-Con. “In motion-capture, we had to adopt different characteristics and different physicalities.”

Playing over the chase in Manhattan is “Tom Sawyer” by Rush, which is Halliday’s favorite band in the book. He coded every game of his while listening to Rush. Watts has every Rush song, bootleg, and music video, too. The cover of the Rush album 2112 is a part of the book, and so is the song “Temples of Syrinx.”

Scorpion battle

One of the many better modes of transportation than a DeLorean? A giant mechanical scorpion. The shot below is from a game of Joust in the film. In some other shots from this sequence, there are ostriches all over the place and an egg in plain sight. What a shot! I love how colorful and vibrant Spielberg’s vision of the OASIS is. This isn’t a dystopia film drained of color.

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Freddie Kruger and Duke Nukem are in the fight. Watts’ best friend in the OASIS is Aech (Lena Waithe), with whom he swaps movies and video game references. They talk about all things James Halliday, too. Aech, as what appears to be an Orc holding Master Chief’s gun from Halo, is seen taking out Freddie Kruger and Duke Nukem in this shot.

Ready Player One trailer breakdown

And here’s a close-up of Aech in the OASIS

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The final image is a big tease for anyone who’s read the book: the glass key. During the Manhattan race, Aech is driving a famous monster truck, Big Foot.

Ready Player One trailer breakdown

During the big race, Parzival sticks with the DeLorean. The crowd at Comic-Con went bonkers for this part of the trailer. The license plate is Watts’ username.

ready player one trailer breakdown

Parzival won’t always need roads.

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The trailer ends with a teaser for fans of the book: the glass key and egg.

Ready Player One opens in theaters March 30, 2018.

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