– by David Kozlowski

Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One draws heavily upon 80s nostalgia, so it’s fitting that its movie poster should evoke legendary 80s artist Drew Struzan.

Struzan’s posters were a fixture in Hollywood films of the 80s — particularly those of Lucas and Spielberg — including Back to the Future, Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark (among dozens and dozens of other movies). Every poster he created was a hand-crafted masterpiece of illustration.

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Unfortunately, as Hollywood learned to lean on Photoshop in recent decades, the call for Struzan’s craftsmanship faded. His poster art still turns up occasionally in new films, like Harry Potter, Thor, Hellboy, and Rogue One. Each time a new Struzan poster appears it’s an event… this is not one of those times, but it’s close!

Spielberg’s Ready Player One just got the official poster treatment, and it feels like a long-lost friend coming home. The poster was created by Paul Shipper, who created the iconic Star Wars: The Last Jedi poster seen everywhere last year, according to Collider. Where that poster was warm and earthy (lots of reds and yellows), this new poster is decidedly much cooler remote (it feels Matrix-y, although there’s far more blue than green in it).

It’s a nice, solid piece of artwork that contains more than a dozen characters from inside and outside of The Oasis — Ready Player One‘s fictional online game universe. It’s busy and bright, but does a good job of selling the movie’s energetic atmosphere (although, the characters all look a bit down). I can’t say that the poster sways me, either for or against this film, but I definitely got that 80s Struzan feeling that they were going for.

Does this new poster convince you to see Ready Player One? Let us know in the comments down below!

Ready Player One hits theaters on March 29, 2018.

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SOURCE: Collider

David Kozlowski is a writer, podcaster, and visual artist. A U.S. Army veteran, David worked 20 years in the videogame industry and is a graduate of Arizona State University's Film and Media Studies.