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The Nostalgic Sci-Fi Adventure Movie Taking Over HBO Max

Everyone could do with some nostalgia every once in a while, and that doesn't mean the type you can take literal doses of on HBO's Watchmen. There's just something heartwarming about wallowing in the warm, comfortable feeling that comes from revisiting those old, favorite TV shows and movies from your youth — regardless of whether that time was actually great or not. 

The thing is, nostalgia can be done in a number of different ways, and HBO Max has now introduced a cool movie that does things a little differently. Though it tells an original story, it does so in a way that includes plenty of nostalgic pop culture references — mostly from the 1980s. In fact, "plenty" might actually be underselling things a little, because chances are, this is the most tightly packed, heavily concentrated dose of nostalgia in all of media. It's a film that some would say elevates nostalgia to a genre all its own. Whether that sounds gimmicky or appealing remains in the eye of the beholder, but one thing's for sure: nostalgia nets mass appeal.

HBO Max knows this to be true, since everyone on its platform is showing up for Ready Player One.

Ready Player One caters to everyone's nostalgia needs

If you're in the market for a nostalgic movie, it's hard to beat Ready Player OneThough the movie itself came out in 2018, It's absolutely peppered with pop culture references and Easter eggs that range from Monty Python to Overwatchso whenever your childhood happened (or happens) to take place, you're all set. Besides, it doesn't exactly hurt that the movie's directed by Steven Spielberg, a man who knows a thing or two about creating pop culture.

Ready Player One's story about Wade "Parzival" Watts (Tye Sheridan) and his quest to find James Halliday's (Mark Rylance) Golden Easter Egg and defeat the evil Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) is entertaining in its own right, and when you add in the countless references strewn about every corner of the movie, you're in for a good time. In addition to all this, Ready Player One author Ernest Cline has recently revealed that the film adaptation of the sequel, Ready Player Two, is also possibly happening. Could there be a better time to give the original a spin? 

Ready Player One is now available on HBO Max.