Ready Player One: Early reviews call the sci-fi epic a 'classic Spielberg' film and 'pop culture extravaganza'

FP Staff

Mar 13, 2018 13:12:15 IST

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.

 Ready Player One: Early reviews call the sci-fi epic a classic Spielberg film and pop culture extravaganza

A still from Ready Player One. Image via Twitter

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.

Ready Player One will release in India on 30 March.

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Updated Date: Mar 13, 2018 13:17:18 IST