Ready Player One: First reactions to new Steven Spielberg film are in: 'The geekiest movie ever made'

The first reactions to new Steven Spielberg film Ready Player One are in following the film's premiere at SXSW Festival in tEXAS.

Spielberg's adaptation of Ernest Cline's novel, laden with references to 1980s popular culture including several of the director's own films, received a standing ovation from audiences who are hailing the film as an “astonishing” technical marvel.

Ready Player One follows a teenage gamer (Tye Sheridan) as he participates in a high-stakes pursuit to find hidden treasure in a virtual reality world called the OASIS. The film also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Olivia Cooke and Mark Rylance who plays the world's deceased creator James Halliday.

Early reactions have praised the film - the first of two Spielberg films to be released in 2018 following Best Picture-nominee The Post - as “the film the novel deserves,” while one critic branded “the geekiest movie” ever created.

Variety stated that the majority of the film's scenes paled in comparison to its VR-scenes - which it described as "entrancing."

Still, while Forbes expressed the belief the film is "an instant masterpiece," there were those who weren't as gushing in their praise with one critic describing the film's nostalgia as “crass” and another comparing its deployment of its many references - including Spielberg's own Jurassic Park - to putting stickers on a bedroom door. 

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You can find a series of Twitter reactions below.

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 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

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

#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

Well everyone relax, Ready Player One will indeed be the biggest thing in the world

— Emily Yoshida (@emilyyoshida) 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 is released on 30 March 2018

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