First Reactions for ‘Ready Player One’ Are in From #SXSW

Posted by March 11, 2018 Comment

Yeah so I personally am more than a little excited for Ready Player One, as you may have gathered from the numerous pieces I’ve done covering the ramp up to tonight’s premiere at South By Southwest (SXSW), and world opening on March 29th.

Parzival gets the first key, the copper key from Anorak.

It made sense for Warner Bros to premiere the film there, given author Ernie Cline‘s roots in Austin and the perfect mix of fans and media present. There was talk earlier in the day as to whether or not Ready Player One director Steven Spielberg would show up for the evening’s events, but he did.

“This is not a film that we’ve made, it is, I promise you, a MOVIE,” Spielberg said before introducing the cast (Tye SheridanOlivia CookeLena WaitheWin MorisakiPhilip Zhao, and Ben Mendelsohn), along with Cline, and screenwriter Zak Penn. Seeing Mendelsohn taking video of the crowd is one of my favorite things, though. He’s delightful.

There was also this great photo moment of Ernie, Sheridan, and Mendelsohn leaning on Cline’s DeLorean outside the theater where the screening is taking place in Austin.

8pm hit, and we knew that the reactions would start to roll in in 2 hours and 20 minutes (the confirmed run time of the movie).  Here’s some of what we’re seeing, and it’s not so great at the moment.

Specifically, it appears the copy being shown has some issues with the sound:

Sounds like the got it fixed.

We’ll of course update as soon as the film finishes with spoiler free reactions. The actual press embargo lifts tomorrow morning though, so be prepared.

So, for the most part, incredibly positive early comments. But then of course come the negative ones:

(Last Updated May 9, 2018 5:26 pm )

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