First reviews for Ready Player One

Movie critics and geek site bloggers gave the film that's heavy on 1980s pop culture the thumbs up.

Early reactions from the Ready Player One premiere at the SXSW festival are coming in, and the response seems to be overwhelmingly positive.

Steven Spielberg introduced his adaptation of Ernest Cline's sci-fi book that's heavy on 1980s pop culture at the screening in Austin, and although there were a few technical hiccups, the film received a standing ovation from the audience as the credits rolled.

Ready Player One, which will be released in theaters on March 29, follows Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan), a teenager and gamer on a high-stakes pursuit in a VR-like video game world called the OASIS. The game's deceased creator James Halliday (Mark Rylance) set up a treasure hunt prior to his death, and the winner of the game will become the richest person on Earth and also get control of OASIS. But an evil corporation, led by Nolan Sorrento (Ben Mendelsohn), is also on the trail.

In his formal review, The Hollywood Reporter's John DeFore was equally impressed and wrote that the "much-loved fanboy novel gets the movie it deserves."

Not long after the screening, many professional critics and geek bloggers began to give their verdict and the general, although still early, consensus seems to be that the Warner Bros. film was a hit.

Effusive praise for the film came from veteran critics like Eric Vespe, formerly of Ain't it Cool News, and Indiewire's Eric Kohn, who tweeted that Ready Player One was the "most astonishing thing" Spielberg had done in terms of "pure spectacle." editor Brian Tallerico and Fandango managing editor Erik Davis were also gushing in their praise of the film.

I enjoyed the book. Trailer looked bad.  I'm cautiously optimistic from this though