Last Saturday, December 9, was the world premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi in Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium. With luminaries from the film present, some two thousand moviegoers became the first to see the second installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy in full, outside of Disney and Lucasfilm.
As the weekend turned, this same audience began storming social media with their opinions on The Last Jedi, directed by Rian Johnson and starring Daisy Ridley, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, John Boyega, the late Carrie Fisher and more. Fans of the sprawling space opera franchise need not be on tenterhooks for the general US premiere this coming Friday, December 15; the premiere moviegoers say it’s all good.
Foremost of the online praise coming out of Twitter is Gizmodo’s Germain Lussier.
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
The most commonly-cited thing about The Last Jedi is said to be its unpredictability in the plot. Its predecessor The Force Awakens from 2015 may have been a blockbuster, but back-to-back viewers think that Episode VII is not as surprising as VIII’s twists.
There’s a scene in #StarWars #TheLastJedi that I keep playing over and over in my head, that is so stunning and unexpected that I don’t want to forget how I felt seeing it for the first time. This movie feels unlike any other Star Wars movie in all the ways I hoped. pic.twitter.com/zlDW4yOjp2
— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) December 10, 2017
Like Luke Skywalker said in the trailer:
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 10, 2017
Speaking of Luke, the moviegoers were impressed by how well Mark Hamill returned to the role after over 30 years from the end of the original Star Wars trilogy.
#TheLastJedi is incredibly satisfying and hands down Mark Hamill's best performance as Luke Skywalker
— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) December 10, 2017
Good words were said about director Johnson himself, who gave a tribute to Fisher, who played General Leia for the last time in this film, before the movie was screened.
Guys. @rianjohnson has made the most epic, emotionally powerful @starwars film ever. Hands down. My strong advice is to be very wary of spoilers. The less you know about #TheLastJedi, the better. Bravo, bravo, bravo.
— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) December 10, 2017
And of course, as the mass-market premiere hasn’t actually hit yet, the world-premiere audience is doing their part to shush their fellows to silence regarding spoilers. Oh well.
Also AVOID SPOILERS. Most of the best moments are not in any trailers. https://t.co/G12YBme2Qx
— Josh Horowitz (@joshuahorowitz) December 10, 2017
Star Wars: The Last Jedi will have its European premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Tuesday, December 12, and hit all US cinemas December 15.