The world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi took place in Los Angeles last night, and judging from the early buzz on social media it seems fans of the franchise won’t be disappointed.
Reviews of the film are embargoed until this Tuesday afternoon, but critics are already sharing their first reactions on Twitter. Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican wrote that the late Carrie Fisher “has some unforgettable moments as Leia”, adding that Mark Hamill gives a touching performance as a “broken and lost” Luke Skywalker – the “last Jedi”.
Los Angeles Times critic Jen Yamato wrote: “The Last Jedi is so beautifully human, populist, funny, and surprising”. Access Hollywood’s Scott Mantz, offered a more sedate response, criticising the film as “too long,” and complaining that it “dragged in the middle”.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Ryan Parker said the new film is “amazing,” Erik Davis of the film blog Fandango called it “absolutely fantastic – gripping, touching, funny and powerful”.
The film is Episode VIII in the series – reuniting the protagonists of Episode VII’s The Force Awakens: reformed Stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) and Jedi-in-training Rey (Daisy Ridley), as well as their adversary, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver).
The Last Jedi was written and directed by Rian Johnson who is best known for his 2005 debut drama Brick, the film introduces several new characters to the Star Wars universe, including Resistance fighters played by Kelly Marie Tran and Laura Dern, as well as an as-yet-unnamed villain played by Benicio Del Toro.
It remains to be seen whether reviews will match up to the early hype, but fans will soon be able to make up their own minds: The Last Jedi is released in UK cinemas on December 15. Although you can catch the preview shows as early as Midnight on the 13th December.