First ‘Ready Player One’ Reactions Hail Spielberg’s Return to Blockbuster Filmmaking

     March 12, 2018

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Steven Spielberg’s new film Ready Player One screened at SXSW, and now the first reactions are coming in. For those unfamiliar with the film, it follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), who spends most of his time in a Virtual Reality space called the OASIS hunting for special keys that will give the winner control over the entire space. This puts him at odds with the nefarious IOI Corporation, and so Wade and his friends must battle in the real world and in the virtual space to save the OASIS.

Spielberg was reportedly nervous introducing Ready Player One to the SXSW audience, but judging by the reactions the film went over swimmingly. Many hail RPO as good old-fashioned fun, with Spielberg in pure blockbuster mode, and more than a few pointed out composer Alan Silvestri‘s standout score—which is noteworthy given that Silvestri took over for John Williams when the latter was busy with The Post and The Last Jedi. There are those would praise the film as reference-filled but not leaning too heavily on those nods, but there are also a few others who weren’t as taken with the film.

We’ll have our full review of the film after the embargo lifts. Ready Player One opens March 28th and stars Tye Sheridan, Ben Mendelsohn, T.J. Miller, Simon Pegg, Mark Rylance, and Olivia Cooke.

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