After some technical glitches, director Steven Spielberg screened "Ready Player One" to great success at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Festival crowds are almost always gushing -- especially when the filmmakers are there in front of them. So the deck was already stacked in favor of a positive audience reaction. But most of the critics seemed to be on board with "Ready Player One," too. (A lot more than the posters.) However, the movie seemed to skew in favor of fanboys, so it may not be everyone's cup of extreme pop culture geekdom.
Check out the standing ovation:
Standing ovation for Spielberg after the #ReadyPlayerOne premiere. "That was probably the greatest anxiety attack I've ever had," he said, alluding to the screening's technical difficulties (truth is, it actually only made the crowd more excited) #SXSW pic.twitter.com/FxYMfk7LZf— Bryn Elise Sandberg (@brynsandberg) March 12, 2018
And here are some early reactions:
#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
So yeah, I LOVED Ready Player One. It's perhaps the geekiest movie ever made. So so so happy right now!— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) March 12, 2018
READY PLAYER ONE: So so so much movie. Sometimes too much but what I kept thinking over and over again was "my kids are gonna LOVE THIS." It is joyous and thrilling for the people who it's designed to joy and thrill.— Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) 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
literally my face during every second of Ready Player One. pic.twitter.com/dqZTNeN81r— Britt Hayes (@MissBrittHayes) March 12, 2018
Well everyone relax, Ready Player One will indeed be the biggest thing in the world— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) March 12, 2018
Genuinely still shifting through my #ReadyPlayerOne feelings but it's telling that some fanboys have already yelled at me for not coming out of the gate singing its praises. That's exactly the culture way RP1 attempts to grapple with.— Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) March 12, 2018
#ReadyPlayerOne posits a corporate big wig who exploits fan culture for profit as its villain. The irony of that is giving me a headache. This is no love letter to pop culture. It's a crass play to nostalgia; it offers nothing new or exciting.— Kristy Puchko ➡️ SXSW (@KristyPuchko) March 12, 2018
Went into READY PLAYER ONE skeptical as hell. Came out largely as a joyous convert. I have a handful of issues with the structure and characters, but it improves on the book in important ways, the action is riveting, and I really bought the humor. #readyplayerone— Tasha Robinson (@TashaRobinson) March 12, 2018
Ready Player One is a whole lot of fun. Those who are stuck in pre-release hate mode better prepare to be disappointed. #sxsw— Scott Weinberg (@scottEweinberg) March 12, 2018
"Ready Player One" is based on the sci-fi book by Ernest Cline; here's the movie synopsis:
"The film is set in 2045, with the real world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But people have found salvation in the OASIS, an immersive virtual universe where you can go anywhere, do anything, be anyone. The OASIS was created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday (Mark Rylance). When Halliday died, he left his immense fortune, and total control of the OASIS, to the first person to win three keys, unlocking the door to a digital Easter egg he hid somewhere in his seemingly infinite creation. His challenge launched a game that gripped the entire world, but after five years the scoreboard remained tauntingly empty...until now.
An unlikely young hero named Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan)—under his avatar name, Parzival—finally conquers the first contest, instantly becoming a celebrity...and a target. Ruthless corporate mogul Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn) proves he will stop at nothing to beat Wade and take over the OASIS, and suddenly the virtual stakes are all-too-real. Ultimately realizing he cannot win alone, Wade joins forces with his friends—now the High Five (Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Lena Waithe, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki). Together, they are hurled into a reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of discovery and danger to save the OASIS."
"Ready Player One" opens in theaters on March 29th.
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