The eighth installment of the Skywalker saga had its world premiere on Saturday night at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, where attendees were the very first audience to screen The Last Jedi. While reviews are embargoed until Tuesday, Dec. 12, reactions and early buzz began pouring out on social media immediately following the screening.
A Wrinkle in Time director Ava Duvernay called the movie “superb storytelling” and 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. #StarWarspic.twitter.com/u4h4XsdzZA
Logan director James Mangold congratulated Johnson on “dazzling writing and directing work” that allowed Johnson’s “own voice” to shine through.
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!
i09 entertainment reporter Germain Lussier endearingly calls Johnson a “madman,” adding we’ll be talking about The Last Jedi for “a long, long time.”
I can’t believe The Last Jedi exists. @rianjohnson is a madman and I love him for it. He takes Star Wars to the edge and throws it over. What a crazy, awesome movie. We’ll be talking about this one for a long, long time.
Vanity Fair’s Joanna Robinson shared this one-word review regarding Mark Hamill’s performance:
IGN’s Joshua Yehl reassured fans that The Last Jedi is not a remake of The Empire Strikes Back as some were expecting.
#StarWarsTheLastJedi is NOT a remake of Empire. Rian Johnson knows you’re thinking it will be and uses that to absolutely SHATTER your expectations. We were SCREAMING at the craziness of it all. As Luke says in the trailer, “This is not going to end the way you think.” pic.twitter.com/2xTAuesIOy