Ready Player One: Early reviews call the sci-fi epic a 'classic Spielberg' film and 'pop culture extravaganza'
Critics called Spielberg's Ready Player One a 'dizzyingly propulsive virtual-reality fanboy geek-out.'
Steven Spielberg’s upcoming sci-fi adventure Ready Player One had its world premiere at SXSW Film Festival on Sunday and critics are in love with what they’re calling a nostalgia-fueled "classic Spielberg" film.
This is despite the technical glitches during the screening which drew boos and jeers from the Paramount Theater crowd in Austin. Spielberg, who received a standing ovation at the film's conclusion, asked the audience not to reveal any spoilers beforehand.
The Warner Bros. Pictures project is based on Ernest Cline's similarly titled bestseller. The cinematic adaptation of Ready Player One promises to take the audience to a near-future (2045), where the population spends most of its time in an interconnected virtual space called OASIS. It centres on a quest for digital Easter Egg left behind by James Halliday, the creator of the virtual reality world. When he dies, he releases a video challenging its users to find his egg, which will give the finder his fortune.
The film features Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn and TJ Miller, along with Simon Pegg and Oscar winner Mark Rylance.
According to a Deadline report, The 24-hour-period following #BabyDriver's premiere at SXSW last year drew 3,700 hashtags. But #ReadyPlayerOne amassed a whopping 19,300 hastags.
And the early reviews for Ready Player One were mostly glowing.
#ReadyPlayerOne is classic Spielberg fun! What a blast, can't wait to see it again. Rewards repeat viewings. Tons of great references, visuals and heart. So kick ass it blew the speakers!
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) March 12, 2018
Ready Player One is a pop culture extravaganza. A truly one of a kind film that combines video games, tv, movies, music, & action figures into one huge crowd pleasing film. Prepare to be wowed & see this on the biggest screen with the best sound system possible. #ReadyPlayerOne pic.twitter.com/Tj6QuqI9oF — Scott Menzel @ SXSW (@TheOtherScottM) March 12, 2018
#ReadyPlayerOne is classic Steven Spielberg. It’s got the references, the ferocious effects and the great ‘80s soundtrack, sure, but also the charm, the heart, the humor and a fantastic Alan Silvestri score. I loved it & so did this #SXSW crowd. Be excited for it! pic.twitter.com/xwPOGwXDxd
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) March 12, 2018
READY PLAYER ONE feels like Spielberg watched a ton of Luc Besson movies and decided to outdo them. In terms of pure spectacle, it’s the most astonishing thing he’s done. Never underestimate Steve. #SXSW — erickohn (@erickohn) March 12, 2018
Just watched the #ReadyPlayerOne world premiere and Steven Spielberg made me fall in love with movies again. I cheered so many times during the movie. Spielberg made a movie that was more than the sum of its pop cultural references: a movie with a compelling story.#WarnerBrosSG pic.twitter.com/xSoSCC6X9P
— mrbrown (@mrbrown) March 12, 2018
Ready Player One will release in India on 30 March.
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