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.”
"Do. Or do not. There is no try." Bravo, @RianJohnson. You did that! The last 40 minutes had me on the edge of my seat in every moment. Superb storytelling. Exceptional design. I laughed. I cheered. A total joy-ride through the galaxy. So fun. #StarWars pic.twitter.com/u4h4XsdzZA
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 10, 2017
Jen Yamato of the L.A. Times said, “Representation matters.”
#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
“Logan” director James Mangold congratulated the director:
Massive congrats to my friend @rianjohnson for the dazzling writing and directing work he shared tonight! Yes, a great chapter of a blockbuster franchise, spectacular and unpredictable, but also his own voice shining through… kudos!
— Mangold (@mang0ld) December 10, 2017
Comic book creator Robert Liefeld tweeted, “It does not get better than Star Wars The Last Jedi!!!!”
IT DOES NOT GET BETTER THAN STAR WARS THE LAST JEDI!!!!!!
— robliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 10, 2017
Jenna Busch, writer for LegionofLeia.com, wrote, “I’m in geek heaven!”
There aren’t enough words to express how much I LOVED #StarWars #TheLastJedi! It is mind-blowing! I’m in geek heaven! pic.twitter.com/unXfYMkIle
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) December 10, 2017
Germain Lussier, reporter for io9, said “Star Wars: The Last Jedi is everything.”
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
EW’s Anthony Breznican said “The Last Jedi will shatter you – and then make you whole again.”
Luke was right: "This is not going to go the way you think." #TheLastJedi will shatter you – and then make you whole again. pic.twitter.com/PJyYpH5loP
— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 10, 2017
Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta reminded fans to stay away from spoilers.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is so very different, exciting, surprising. So many emotions, so many amazing moments. Stay away from spoilers.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 10, 2017
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.