Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One has dazzled critics during a South by South West (SXSW) festival, with one job a film “a mesmerising blockbuster”.
The director’s “biggest crowdpleaser in years”, says IndieWire’s Eric Kohn, is both “an startling sci-fi philharmonic and a relentless nostalgia trip”.
Set in a year 2045, a film unfolds in a dystopian universe whose inhabitants take retreat in a practical existence game.
The result, says Forbes’ Charlie Fink, is “an present sci-fi masterpiece“.
Ready Player One, expelled in a UK on 28 March, was premiered on Sunday during a Paramount Theatre in Austin, Texas.
The SXSW preview was strike by sound problems that led to it being quickly paused – prompting, joked Spielberg afterwards, “probably a biggest stress conflict I’ve ever had”.
The technical problems did not stop members of a assembly vehemence about a film, among them associate executive Robert Rodriguez.
The Spy Kids film-maker described it on Twitter as “classic Spielberg fun” that would “reward repeat viewings”.
Based on a 2011 novel by Ernest Cline, Ready Player One sees a organisation of teenagers embark on a query inside a unnatural existence famous as a Oasis.
The film facilities a engorgement of references to ’80s cocktail culture, among them Batman, a Iron Giant and a DeLorean from Back to a Future.
Nods to King Kong, The Shining and Spielberg’s possess Jurassic Park also figure in a film Variety describes as a “dizzyingly propulsive virtual-reality fanboy geek-out”.
The Hollywood Reporter, meanwhile, calls it “a feeling journey by worlds both dour and fantastic” that “strikes an ideal change between live movement and CGI”.
Ready Player One follows prohibited on a heels of Spielberg’s play The Post, that was expelled in a UK in Jan and was nominated for dual Oscars.
Part of a film was shot in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, that doubles for a film’s unconventional prophesy of Columbus, Ohio.
The South by South West Festival continues until 18 March.