‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ First Reactions: ‘Jam-Packed,’ ‘Exciting’

The much-anticipated latest installment of the Star Wars franchise, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” premiered in Los Angeles Saturday night, and attendees were thrilled with the Rian Johnson-directed movie.

While full reviews are embargoed until 9 a.m. Tuesday, premiere moviegoers were eager to share their first impressions.

Check out some of the first reactions to the new film:

Ava DuVernay, director of Disney’s upcoming “A Wrinkle in Time,” tweeted, “A total joy-ride through the galaxy.”


Jen Yamato of the L.A. Times said, “Representation matters.”

“Logan” director James Mangold congratulated the director:

Comic book creator Robert Liefeld tweeted, “It does not get better than Star Wars The Last Jedi!!!!”

Jenna Busch, writer for LegionofLeia.com, wrote, “I’m in geek heaven!”

Germain Lussier, reporter for io9, said “Star Wars: The Last Jedi is everything.”

EW’s Anthony Breznican said “The Last Jedi will shatter you – and then make you whole again.”

Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta reminded fans to stay away from spoilers.

Variety’s Kris Tapley said “a lot” happens in the film.

Vulture reporter Kyle Buchanan referenced Laura Dern’s appearance in the film.

The whole cast turned out for the premiere, with stars Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, Lupita Nyong’o, Andy Serkis, and Gwendoline Christie all walking the red carpet. John Boyega also made it, despite some worry earlier in the day that he’d be snowed in, as he was flying from Atlanta while the east coast experiences a widespread storm.

Writer-director Johnson, producers Kathleen Kennedy and Ram Bergman, EPs J.J. Abrams, Tom Karnowski, Jason McGatlin, and iconic composer John Williams also made appearances.

Popular on Variety

More Film

  • There's Something in the Water

    Toronto Film Review: 'There’s Something in the Water'

    Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the unpleasant sights, smells and pollutants of industry have typically been located where the poor folk dwell, and police society needn’t notice. With the dawn of popular environmental consciousness about a half-century ago, it became clear that toxic byproducts with a dismayingly long shelf life and unknown (or, [...]

  • 'David Foster: Off the Record' Review:

    Toronto Film Review: 'David Foster: Off the Record'

    By the early 1970s, as the counterculture was dissolving and reconfiguring, there were new pop-star archetypes on the horizon that we still tend to think of — the glam rocker, the sensitive singer-songwriter, the hair-band metal strutter, the prog-rock wizard, the belting pop chanteuse, the punk rocker. But there was another figure of the era [...]

  • Bob IgerSimon Weisenthal Gala honoring Bob

    Bob Iger Would Have Combined Disney With Apple if Steve Jobs Were Still Alive

    Disney and Apple are both launching their own streaming services come November, but Disney CEO Bob Iger says the two companies weren’t always on competing paths. In an excerpt from his autobiography published Wednesday in “Vanity Fair,” Iger revealed that Disney and Apple likely would have merged if Steve Jobs hadn’t died in 2011. “I [...]

  • Aaron Janus Lionsgate

    Lionsgate Hires 'A Quiet Place' Producer Aaron Janus as Senior VP of Production

    Lionsgate has hired Aaron Janus as its new senior vice president of production and promoted Meredith Wieck to the post of vice president of production.  Prior to Lionsgate, Janus served as Platinum Dunes’ head of development, where he oversaw filmmakers Brad Fuller, Andrew Form and Michael Bane. There, he brought in “A Quiet Place,” on [...]

  • Ang Lee Reveals First Look at

    Ang Lee on 'Gemini Man' and De-Aging Will Smith

    On paper, Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” is a standard-issue, shoot ’em up with Will Smith playing a deadly assassin who must battle a younger clone of himself. The explosions and gun battles aren’t what drew Lee to the project, even if they’re the reason that most people will show up at theaters when it opens [...]

  • Hopper Reserve

    Dennis Hopper's Dying Wish: His Own Strain of Marijuana

    Even as celebrity brands are starting to flood the emerging Cannabis market, Hopper Reserve stands out. The brand was launched by Marin Hopper, Dennis Hopper’s daughter from his marriage to Brooke Hayward. Hopper Reserve is a gram of California indoor-grown flower, two packs of rolling papers, a pair of matches and a trading card either [...]

  • Sean Clarke Aardman Staff Photography Bristol.Pic

    Aardman Appoints Sean Clarke as New Managing Director

    Aardman, the Oscar-winning animation studio behind “Chicken Run” and “Early Man,” has appointed Sean Clarke as its new managing director, replacing co-founder David Sproxton, who is stepping down after 43 years. Clarke has worked at the British studio for more than 20 years, including heading the international rights and marketing department for over a decade. [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content