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‘Ready Player One’ Is Better Than Anyone Imagined, But Does That Mean It’s Commercial? — IndieWire’s Movie Podcast

Screen Talk episode 189: "Ready Player One" chatter, plus updates from SXSW and Miami.

"Ready Player One"

“Ready Player One”

Warner Bros.

Two weeks after the end of awards season, we have a whole new set of events to talk about, starting with the SXSW Film Festival. That’s where Steven Spielberg’s “Ready Player One” premiered in a secret screening slot during the festival’s opening weekend, surprising many audiences by delivering a far more satisfying ride than expectations had suggested. Spielberg was on hand for the festival’s lively premiere, where even sound problems couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm for the final product. But does that mean this epic dose of eighties nostalgia will become a commercial hit?

That’s a major talking point in this week’s episode of Screen Talk, as Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson trade notes from their experiences watching the movie. Kohn also offers some additional highlights from SXSW, including the big competition winner “Thunder Road,” while Thompson discusses her experiences attending the Miami International Film Festival.

Listen to the full episode below.


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