Ready Player One has been highly anticipated for the last several months.
It seems like audiences may FINALLY be getting a video game movie – sort of
– that is ACTUALLY WELL DONE.
Directed by Hollywood legend Steven Spielberg,
Ready Player One is STACKED with cultural
references and Easter Eggs, which is pretty great,
considering our protagonist Wade’s goal
is to find the Easter Egg hidden by the creator of this virtual world, called Oasis.
So to get you hyped about the film,
we’re counting down our top 10 Easter Eggs You Missed in Ready Player One.
And of course, as with all of our easter egg videos,
there ’ s some spoilers in here,
so you’ve been warned.
10 Back to the Future
The iconic car from the Back to the Future franchise,
the DeLorean has made many an appearances throughout pop culture
as a reference to the famous sci fi film.
In Ready Player One, you can spot Parzival (par-ze-vall) driving one,
with his name on the car’s license plate.
The character also gets his hands on an artifact called the Zemeckis Cube,
which looks like a regular Rubik’s Cube but can turn back time.
Its name is a reference to Back tothe Future director, Robert Zemeckis.
9 Star Trek
When Oasis creator James Halliday dies,
he spawns the adventure that Wade—and many others set out on in the search for the
that will reward them hald a trillion dollars and control over Oasis itself.
But his death is significant for another reason, too.
At his funeral, the film makes a big Star Trek reference –
his ceremony being similar
to Spock’s funeral from Wrath of Khan.
In 1978, a game called Simon was released.
Riffing off of the idea of ‘simon says’,
it was a physical memory electronic game
that had four different colour panels.
A player would touch them in any order of their desire,
and the other players playing the game with them would have to mimic the order they touched.
It was initially based off of an Atari arcadegame.
And it makes an appearance in Ready Player One.
You can notice it as an item in Halliday’s possession.
The character also has a Simon badge on his lapel later on.
7 Final Battle
During the final battle of the film,
there’s a whole lot of video game characters who make an appearance as player avatars.
例如《塞尔达传说》的众多角色——林克 塞尔达公主 还有加农
This includes the likes Link, Zelda, Ganondorf from the Legend of Zelda,
A Big Daddy from BioShock,
Smus Aran of Metroid (who also appears at the Distracted Globe nightclub scene),
钢铁巨人 《战神》里的奎托斯 《异形》中的艾伦·雷普莉和异形
the Iron Giant, Kratos from God of War, Ellen Ripley and a Xenomorph from the Alien movies,
and Hellboy, to name a few.
And literally a few. There’s like tons of them in this movie.
From recent games to arcade classics, Ready Player One has its fair share of old school video game references,
including the likes of 1982 Williams Electronics game Joust.
You play as a yellow knight riding a flying ostrich,
colliding your jousting lance with your enemies.
The game is mentioned in passing by some IOI nerds, and is a reference to the use of
Joust in the book—avatars in OASIS have to play the game in order to win the copper key.
5 Getting Spooky
when the news that Ready Player One was getting made for the big screen,
one of the earliest Easter eggs revealed was Freddy Krueger had a cameo.
Turns out he’s not the only horror icon to be making an appearance.
and even Christine,
the evil car from Stephen King’s novel of the same name and the 1988 film adaptation pop up,
with the latter appearing during the race for the first key.
4 Screenwriter Shout Out
During that same race, there’s a cinema that appears in the background of the scene.
The name listed on the front of it is Jack Slater.
If you’re familiar with the Arnold Schwarzenegger film Last Action Hero,
that name likely rings a bell;
it was the name of Arnold’s character in it.
But the reference goes deeper than just that.
The writer of Last Action Hero, Zak Penn,
was also the screenwriter who adapted Ready Player One alongside the book’s author, Ernest Cline.
Last Action Hero was the first theatrical writing credit Penn ever received.
What makes this Easter Egg extra awesome is
that Penn didn’t even know the reference was in there
until he saw the film at its first screening.
3 The Iron Giant
As we mentioned in an earlier number,
the Iron Giant makes an appearance in the film.
But the way that he goes down is a reference to another movie
—T2, the second Terminator film.
The Iron Giant falls down into lava,
and gives a thumbs up, referencing the final iconic scene of the film.
2 The Shining
Stanley Kubrick’s iconic adaptation of Stephen King’s book
is considered by many to be a cinematic masterpiece.
Looks like Spielberg feels the same way.
but more on that in a sec.
In one sequence, the film makes reference to The Shining’s Overlook hotel.
The characters enter a theater with the name Overlook
and once they’re inside,
the setting looks identical to the interior of the Overlook hotel.
For the duration of the sequence the film is jampacked
with more references to the film,
including the elevator scene,
the horrifying twins and Room 237, with the naked lady in the bath
and Jack’s axe protruding through the door.
Spielberg was friends with Kubrick when the latter was still alive,
and while this sequence never appears in the book,
this tribute is definitely a beautiful addition.
1 Jurassic Park
Despite Spielberg saying that he wouldn’t put any easter eggs to his own films in Ready Player One,
GUESS WHAT MAKES AN APPEARANCE?
Hell yes T-Rex.
One of Spielberg’s most iconic films is Jurassic Park,
and we get a T-Rex chase scene early on in the movie
that felt ike a brand new take on the memorable scene from the first Jurassic movie.
There’s also a few other Spielberg Easter eggs sprinkled into the mix,
some of which were actually added by his crew behind his back.
this includes Gremlins graffiti ( he was the exec producer on it )
and an appearance of the book that inspired Spielberg to make Schindler’s List.
There we have it friends!
While it isn’t a totally comprehensive list of Easter Eggs.
THERE’S A LOT IN THIS FILM
—we do hope you enjoyed the ones we mentioned!
Let us know in those comments
below what your favourite easter egg from the film is!
especially if it’s one we didn’t include on this list.
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