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Early Reactions for Ready Player One Are In, & They're Positive

Steven Spielberg's festival of 80s nostalgia may be better than Twitter expected.

Ready Player One premiered at the 2018 South by Southwest Film Festival to many praisals. Adapted by the legendary Spielberg from Ernest Cline's novel of the same name, this action flick follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) in a dystopian 2045 and his quest for the Easter Eggs left behind by geek-slash-inventor James Donovan Halliday (Mark Rylance), who created the virtual worlds of OASIS. Themes of bildungsroman and the freedom of expression against tyrannical corporations are prominent.

While riding on the recent trend of nostalgia evocation, Ready Player One was under scrutiny by skeptics due to its assumed gimmick and underwhelming promotional campaign. The screenings at SXSW Festival broke the ice and provided some signals of positivity.

Director Aaron Morgan assures Ready Player One has what we need from it:

Nick Johnston likes the movie more than the novel:

Fandago's Erik Davis can't compliment the movie enough:

IndieWire's Eric Kohn praises Spielberg's visual scheme, comparing the movie to Luc Besson's recent sci-fi attempts like Valerian & the City of A Thousand Planets and The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec

However, there are still opposite opinions:

It's good to hear that Ready Player One will see Spielberg return to form as the director of spectacular fun after a handful of serious drama films like Lincoln, Bridge of Spies, and The Post. This positive buzz is priming the movie for better opening result amid the hype and doubt for the 80s trend.

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