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Ready Player One first impressions hit social media!

Steven Spielberg’s highly anticipated adaptation Ready Player One premiered last night at a special panel at SXSW with the director even making an appearance! Reportedly there were technical difficulties at the screening, but this made the crowd even more excited for the film and Spielberg received a standing ovation following the end of the film!

Many fans of the book have been a bit worried about whether Spielberg could bring the pop culture overload to life, especially following the absolute hate towards the recent posters, but the first ‘hot takes’ have made their way on social media and things are looking positive!

Twitter user Bryn Elise Sandberg @brynsandberg managed to record the standing ovation for Spielberg following the end of the film:

Erik Davis, Managing Director of Fandango commented that the film’s “classic Spielberg”:

Writer for Rolling Stone, Brian Tallerico (@Brian_Tallerico) said the film was “joyous and thrilling”:

Senior editor of Rotten Tomatoes, Grae Drake (@graedrake) said the film was “one of the most technically brilliant things I have EVER seen”:

Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) film reporter at The Wrap also managed to record the standing ovation:


Full reviews should be posted very soon, but so far I’m really excited following these first reactions that Spielberg has managed to pull this off!

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 (Mark Rylance). 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 (Tye Sheridan) decides to join the contest, he is hurled into a breakneck, reality-bending treasure hunt through a fantastical universe of mystery, discovery and danger.

Ready Player One is directed by Steven Spielberg and stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), Olivia Cooke (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” “Bates Motel”), Ben Mendelsohn (“Rogue One – A Star Wars Story,” “Bloodline”) and T.J. Miller (“Deadpool,” “Silicon Valley”), with Simon Pegg (the “Star Trek” movies, the “Mission: Impossible” movies) and Oscar winner Mark Rylance (“Bridge of Spies,” “Dunkirk”).

Ready Player One is set for release on March 29, 2018.

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