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Early Ready Player One Reactions Are Here and They’re a Mix of Praise & Eyerolls

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From the tokenization-fest that is its source material to the laughable marketing, there’s been a good amount of skepticism leading up to the release of Ready Player One. But after a “surprise” screening at SXSW in Austin, Texas this weekend, our expectations have been raised, at least a tad.

Spielberg himself was in attendance to introduce the film, along with much of the cast and author Ernest Cline. Spielberg reportedly told the audience “This is not a film that we made. This is, I promise you, a movie.”

From the early reactions, much of the audience was very into Ready Player One as a “movie,” as an over-the-top blockbuster focused on fun and nostalgia.

I’m also really happy with the number of reactions that mention improvements over the book.

The decision to have this movie’s premiere at SXSW was a brilliant one. I can say from personal experience that the crowd at that festival is so happy to be there, so sleep-deprived, and is so full of barbeque and booze that the excitement at events like these is palpable.

However, not everyone was so enamored with the movie.

So, all in all, I guess we’re right back where we were, in “wait and see” mode.

(image: Warner Bros.)

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Vivian Kane (she/her) has a lot of opinions about a lot of things. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband Brock Wilbur and too many cats.