"JJ Did It": Spoiler-Free Fan and Critic Reactions to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premiere

Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 9:49AM
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Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Tuesday, 15 December 2015 - 9:49AM
"JJ Did It": Spoiler-Free Fan and Critic Reactions to the Star Wars: The Force Awakens Premiere
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Approximately 1,000 people have now seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the world premiere took place last night in Hollywood. But aside from the general Star Wars excitement, the nostalgia at seeing Han and Chewie together again, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt being the best person ever and showing up in his Yoda pajamas, what did people think of the movie? 

In short, J.J. did it:











This person had a few words:



But now for the real question: is it better than the prequels? The answer is a resounding yes, and it might even be better than Return of the Jedi:








It's apparently funnier than you'd expect, which already speaks to an improvement over the joyless prequel series plus Jar Jar:


The cast is also getting amazing reviews, which is a relief. We could have predicted that the older cast would not disappoint, and Oscar Isaac and Adam Driver are both established actors, but the relative newcomers are getting rave reviews as well, especially Daisy Ridley, who is arguably the most untested of the bunch:








And speaking of the female additions to the Star Wars universe, we can all breathe a sigh of relief that Star Wars passes the Bechdel test:



It's encouraging to see that it's getting great reviews, but honestly, it would make me a little nervous if no one had anything bad to say about it. If it were actually perfect, that would be great, but it would be much more likely that the screening was just full of die-hard fans who would re-think that reaction after the nostalgia had passed, like everyone who raved about the prequels. But there were a few qualified reviews that admit The Force Awakens has flaws, and it still seems like a good movie overall:






And to finish off, we'll give you just one spoiler:



Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens on Thursday, December 17 in select theaters, and then everywhere on December 18.
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