The First Impressions for Star Wars: The Last Jedi Are Overwhelmingly Good

Image: Disney/Lucasfilm
Image: Disney/Lucasfilm

Last night, the Hollywood premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi marked the first time anyone outside of Disney and Lucasfilm got a chance to see Rian Johnson’s long-awaited eighth mainline Star Wars film. (And John Boyega made it after all!) Now, responses have flooded in on social media from attendees, and they’re good, y’all.

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They’re really good. Our own Germain Lussier adored it.

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And everyone else posting online is following suit.

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This is incredibly gratifying for Star Wars fans and Rian Johnson fans. The most exciting part for me is the number of people saying they were surprised by The Last Jedi. The Force Awakens was a mostly great movie, but I can’t say anything in it surprised me.

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The possibility of a Star Wars movie that, as Luke says, doesn’t go the way you think, is an intoxicating one. We’ll all get to see that for ourselves when Star Wars: The Last Jedi opens in theaters next Friday.

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DISCUSSION

Going into this with a HUGE grain of salt, after the glowing reviews came out for TFA and then seeing just how boring and derivative it was. It is almost as if people want to and encourage hollow spectacle with weak plot, atrocious writing, and poor character development.

Stop being impressed by shiny things, bright lights and explosions, those things do not a good movie make.

I read a statement a few months back (it may well have been on this very site, at the moment i cannot remember) it talked about how movies use to be, slow and take their time and really have some substance; whereas now they have turned into a rush everything through, cram as many things in, just hit bullet points.

The last movie was like this and I cant imagine it being any different this time and I think Star Wars is the lesser for it.