Ready Player One Review Roundup: First Twitter Reactions Arrive For Steven Spielberg's New Movie

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At long last, an audience has seen Ready Player One--Steven Spielberg's next movie--after it premiered at the SXSW festival. As the trailer and the novel it's based on have shown, Ready Player One is an explosion of nostalgia for those who grew up in the '80s and '90s. How did the film adaptation turn out, though?

The first reactions on social media are promising with the keyword running throughout being "fun." Film critic Scott Weinberg writes, "Ready Player One is a whole lot of fun. Those who are stuck in pre-release hate mode better prepare to be disappointed." Adds Rooster Teeth's Eric Vespe, "So yeah, I LOVED Ready Player One. It's perhaps the geekiest movie ever made. So so so happy right now! Spielberg just said he makes many films, like The Post, from behind the camera. He made Ready Player One from the audience. That's the perfect summation of this experience."

"[Ready Player One] is classic Steven Spielberg," Fandango's Eric Davis says of the movie. "It's got the references, the ferocious effects and the great '80s soundtrack, sure, but also the charm, the heart, the humor and a fantastic Alan Silvestri score." Meanwhile, Indiewire's Eric Kohn gives the movie what fans of Valerian and The Fifth Element will see as the highest praise. "[Ready Player One] feels like Spielberg watched a ton of Luc Besson movies and decided to outdo them. In terms of pure spectacle, it’s the most astonishing thing he's done."

Not everyone was as dazzled by Ready Player One, though. One person in attendance for the premiere enjoyed the movie but sees it as far from perfect. "[T]he film suffers from a script that has a LOT of convenient plot devices and never really manages to make you care about the characters," the audience member writes.

Pajiba's Kristy Puchko, on the other hand, is afraid that Spielberg is doing damage to his own career with movies like Ready Player One. "I'm genuinely angry that Spielberg is so careless with his own legacy, slapping in references to Jurassic Park with all the care of a monkey slinging feces," she writes. "Just. These movies matter so much to people. To just slap on iconography and references like they are stickers on a bedroom door. It's such shallow use. It exploits your love for these things instead of earning it."

In the end, though, it's up to the audience to decide whether Ready Player One is a good movie. They'll just the chance to do just that when it hits theaters on March 29. In the meantime, though, let this clip of the audience giving the movie, its cast, and Spielberg a standing ovation after the premiere screening give you an idea of how the world will react.