In an almost surprise move by Warner Bros., the studio held the world premiere of Ready Player One at SXSW in Austin, Texas earlier tonight (there had been speculation for a while that Ready Player One was the film festival’s big surprise). The Steven Spielberg-helmed adaptation of Ernest Cline’s hit novel now has the internet ablaze after it’s premiere.
Unfortunately for those in attendance at SXSW for the world premiere, the presentation had its fair share of technical difficulties. According to those present at the festival, the film’s sound blew out the speakers twice – hinting that the copy used for the screening was faulty.
Despite technical difficulties at the premiere, here are some of the first reactions to the film:
#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
I didn’t think I would like #ReadyPlayerOne, but I liked it a WHOLE LOT. I think people cheered and laughed every 2 mins and dang this film was entertaining. So many references, I can’t wait for everyone to see it so we can all talk about it! #sxsw
— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) March 12, 2018
Ready Player One: Legit great. This is why we love movies…why we need pop culture. Major Spielberg
— Sean Cordy (@sean_cordy) 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
— Frank Pallotta (@frankpallotta) 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
I can't tell you much because Mr Spielberg made me promise not to but you guys gotta go see #ReadyPlayerOne at the end of March. What a rollercoaster of a movie!!
— Steve Andreou (@SteebFGC) March 12, 2018
— Ryan Scott (@RyanScottWrites) 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
#ReadyPlayerOne hot take review: a fun, enjoyable film with some amazing set pieces and references (THAT scene). However, the film suffers from a script that has a LOT of convenient plot devices and never really manages to make you care about the characters… 7/10 #sxsw
— love, maurizio (@marrythedarkk) March 12, 2018
‘Ready Player One’ is really fun. (?) I think it’s fun. Is it OK to say it’s fun? It’s fun.
— Sean Fennessey (@SeanFennessey) March 12, 2018
But not everyone is enjoying Spielberg’s latest:
— Kristy Puchko ➡️ SXSW (@KristyPuchko) March 12, 2018
READY PLAYER ONE: C-
— dan solomon (@dansolomon) March 12, 2018
#ReadyPlayerOne was…meh. Some great moments but nothing special.
— (((JonathanBarkan))) @ SXSW (@JonathanBarkan) March 12, 2018
From the looks of it, those who are already excited for the film or are fans of the book will be happy with the finished product. However, for those dreading the film given its notable use of 1980’s popular culture references, this may not be for you.
If you’re thinking about checking it out for yourself, read the official synopsis below:
From filmmaker Steven Spielberg comes the science fiction action adventure “Ready Player One,” based on Ernest Cline’s bestseller of the same name, which has become a worldwide phenomenon. The film is set in 2045, with the world on the brink of chaos and collapse. But the people have found salvation in the OASIS, an expansive virtual reality universe created by the brilliant and eccentric James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his immense fortune to the first person to find a digital Easter egg he has hidden somewhere in the OASIS, sparking a contest that grips the entire world. When an unlikely young hero named Wade Watts decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Ready Player One is based on Ernest Cline’s 2011 novel of the same name. The film stars Tye Sheridan, Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Mark Rylance, Simon Pegg, T. J. Miller, Hannah John-Kamen, Win Morisaki and Philip Zhao.
Ready Player One hits theaters everywhere March 29, 2018.
5 Things We Want To See In ‘Flashpoint’
With DC revealing that the upcoming Flash movie will be titled Flashpoint, fans are wracking their brains trying to figure out what will happen. While the story is famous for rebooting the DC universe before the New 52 initiative, the series is chop full of awesome moments. The book is full of awesome alternate versions of characters and emotional moments that ground the universe-changing story in a deeply personal core narrative. For those who don’t know, Flashpoint follows what happens after Barry Allen travels back in time to save his mother on the night of her murder. When he returns to the present, he finds that everything he’s ever known is different and he’s even lost his powers.
It might not be the perfect story to introduce people to the larger Flash universe, but I trust Geoff Johns. Now that the plot seems to be a bit more set and the film has officially added its directors, DC might have something special on its hands. If Warner Bros. chooses to introduce an alternate version of the DC Extended Universe to the bigscreen, there’s no one I’d rather explore it with than Flash. Barry Allen is the heart and soul of the DCU, so it’s only fitting to watch him try and inject some light into a dark version of his home.
Hit Next to learn about the five things we want to see in Flashpoint.