Star Wars: The Last Jedi had its world premiere last night.
And early reactions are off the chart.
It’s just days away for the rest of us, but US critics turned out in droves last night for the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens… and they weren’t shy in letting us know exactly what they thought of it.
How did it go down? Well, the early buzz is very positive.
“Star Wars: The Last Jedi is so very different, exciting, surprising. So many emotions, so many amazing moments,” said Peter Sciretta from /Film (via Twitter).
He added: “For those asking me if this is better than The Force Awakens: 1. I LOVED TFA and didn’t have sameness issues. 2. This is very different (which will please a lot of you) and has many moments that are HOLY SHIT better than TFA. 3. But as a whole I like TFA a tad more.”
And the general consensus seems to be that The Last Jedi is awesome.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is everything. Intense, funny, emotional, exciting. It’s jam-packed with absolutely jaw dropping moments and I loved it so, so much. I’m still shaking. pic.twitter.com/fHddWjo201
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 10, 2017
“Luke was right: ‘This is not going to go the way you think.’ #TheLastJedi will shatter you – and then make you whole again,” said EW’s Anthony Breznican (via Twitter). “Carrie Fisher has some unforgettable moments as Leia. @HamillHimself is crushing as a Luke who’s more broken and lost than your action figures from the ’70s. #TheLastJedi”
Rounding up the early social-media thoughts so far, it sounds as though The last Jedi builds upon the groundwork laid by J.J. Abrams in Star Wars: The Force Awakens… but to often unpredictable results.
Here’s some of the top reactions:
#TheLastJedi is absolutely fantastic – gripping, touching, funny and powerful w/ gorgeous shots and the most badass battles. When it gets going, holy crap does it get going. Hands down the best #StarWars movie since Empire pic.twitter.com/nWWAhlNMJo
— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 10, 2017
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) December 10, 2017
The Last Jedi is incredible. Character at the forefront, amazing action and so so so much emotional payoff decades in the making. I will be watching this one a lot. pic.twitter.com/KVOjLhwk27
— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) December 10, 2017
— Rachel Heine (@RachelHeine) December 10, 2017
Just seen #StarWarsTheLastJedi. Wow! It is like no other Star Wars film. Heart, humor (a big risk that pays off) and some of the most spectacular action and stunning visuals in the franchise. Loves it. Also, the Porgs…. Oh Hell Yes!
— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) December 10, 2017
The main talking points are some impressive action set pieces, not to mention some incredible character development for character new and old – we’re looking at you, Luke.
And thankfully, it looks as though diversity is at the top of the bill, too.
#StarWars: The Last Jedi is so beautifully human, populist, funny, and surprising. I cried when one POC heroine got her moment because films like these leave their mark on entire generations — and representation matters
— jen yamato (@jenyamato) December 10, 2017
Other thoughts suggest that The Last Jedi is full of humour… and that’s a great thing. But predominantly, it sounds as though fans and critics alike absolutely loved the movie. That said, this is buzz coming out of the world premiere, where spirits are high and reactions are often overblown.
Needless to say, the real proof comes when the buzz has died down.
But one thing’s for certain – it’s impressed a lot of critics.
And with many saying it’s the best Star Wars movie since Empire, it sounds as though the galaxy far, far away may be onto another smash hit.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Kelli Marie Tran, Domhnall Gleeson, Gwendoline Christie, Benicio Del Toro, and Andy Serkis.
Rian Johnson wrote and directed the movie.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi heads to cinemas on 14 December 2017.