Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One was a primed-for-SXSW premiere. It’s based on a book written by Austin author Ernie Cline, it stars hometown boy Tye Sheridan, and it’s about virtual reality, one of the golden children of SXSW Interactive. The SXSW crowd was mostly delighted by the world premiere of the film—one of the highest-profile in the festival’s history—which was announced as a surprise headliner for the festival’s Sunday night. But while the film has some winning performances and fun, joyful moments that draw from great films of the past, the final product is a messy morass of references that feels more like junk food than an actual meal. Rather than answering any of the questions it raises, the whole film is coated with sugar. In…View Original Post
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