Ready Player One premiered at SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas last night, with cast, crew, and Steven f’ing Spielberg in attendance. Based on the novel of the same name, the film is a fantasy adventure with more pop culture references than you could shake a stick at (My grandmother would be proud of that sentence). So many, in fact, that it’s being widely criticized by people who haven’t even seen it for being too inclusive and not appealing to anyone other than geeks. If you’re expecting to hate the film, though, you may be disappointed based on the reactions out of SXSW.
The overwhelmingly positive reception comes amid technical flaws during the premiere. It’s reported that, around the 100 minute mark of the film, an action scene overloaded the sound system and caused it to crash. When the projectionist restarted the scene, the sound crashed once more. Rather than walking out, however, audience members were having so much fun checking out Spielberg’s latest that they made their own sound effects during the scene. Fortunately, the third time proved to be the charm for the sound system, as the screening continued after a second restart without trouble.
Even with the aggravating sound issue, critics and fans have praised the film. Reactions have stated that “it’s the most astonishing thing he’s (Steven Spielberg) done,” that it’s “the geekiest movie ever made,” and that the film is “Classic Steven Spielberg.” You can check out the full reactions from people in attendance below.
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
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
#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
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: 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 stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, and Mark Rylance. The film hits theaters everywhere on March 29, 2018. From the sound of things, you should probably be in attendance.
Stay tuned to HorrorGeekLife for continuous coverage and reviews out of South By Southwest throughout the week as the festival continues.
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