Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One dazzles critics at SXSW

From BBC - March 12, 2018

Steven Spielberg's Ready Player One has dazzled critics at the South by South West (SXSW) festival, with one calling the film "a mesmerising blockbuster".

The director's "biggest crowdpleaser in years", says IndieWire's Eric Kohn, is both "an astonishing sci-fi spectacle and a relentless nostalgia trip".

Set in the year 2045, the film unfolds in a dystopian world whose inhabitants take refuge in a virtual reality game.

The result, says Forbes' Charlie Fink, is "an instant sci-fi masterpiece".

Ready Player One, released in the UK on 28 March, was premiered on Sunday at the Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.

The SXSW preview was hit by sound problems that led to it being briefly paused - prompting, joked Spielberg afterwards, "probably the greatest anxiety attack I have ever had".

The technical difficulties did not stop members of the audience raving about the film, among them fellow director Robert Rodriguez.

The Spy Kids film-maker described it on Twitter as "classic Spielberg fun" that would "reward repeat viewings".


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