Earlier this weekend, a special announcement was made down in Austin, Texas, with Warner Bros. revealing that the SXSW Film Festival would see the world premiere of Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One. Now that screening has gone down, with a few film professionals in the audience, and their first reactions to the feature are online.
The screening apparently had some technical issues, dealing with sound problems and screen freezes in the third act, but it eventually finished, letting the folks there publically express their thoughts. We'll start with TCM and FilmStruck host Alicia Malone - who offered a bit of criticism while offering that the audience in Austin went absolutely nuts for the film. She emphatically recommends reading Ernest Cline's novel first, but overall has positive things to say about Ready Player One:
One person who definitely isn't in the Ready Player One camp is Pajiba's Kristy Puchko, who doesn't think the film is so much built on fun references as much as it is an exploitation of nostalgia. First referring to it as a "cacophonous eye-sore," she pointed out this irony about the narrative's villain, played by Ben Mendelsohn: