Star Wars: The Force Awakens had its premiere yesterday evening, with Hollywood Boulevard being closed and three, rather than one, cinemas being used to accomodate guests. Now Disney have an official review embargo for Wednesday morning, but, rather then bore you with which celebrities were there etc, I’ll go straight on to some of the reactions by attendees who couldn’t resist letting the world know their feelings on Twitter.
“Star Wars premiere just letting out now. A LOT of smiling faces” [THR’s Matt Belloni]
“Fantastic” [THR’s Scott Feinberg]
“It was epic, awesome & perfect. The cast was stellar. JJ killed it!” [Rainn Wilson]
“JJ did it” [Patton Oswalt]
“The best blockbuster since the original” [Brett Morgan]
Adam F. Goldberg just ranked the films in order of greatness:
“1. Empire Strikes Back. 2. Force Awakens. 3. A New Hope. 4. Return of the Jedi. 5-8 Prequels. Thank you JJ”
The L.A. Times’ Rebecca Keegan complimented it on its treatment of female characters:
“Among its many wonderful qualities, Star Wars: The Force Awakens passes the Bechdel test”
And a somewhat more ambiguous:
“Aaaahhhh – my head is spinning!!!” [Robert Liefeld]
And finally….just one comment which isn’t so gushing:
“The Force Awakens proves JJ Abrams is an auteur: once again we have great characters, propulsive fun, sort of shitty, dumb story” [Devin Faraci]
Anyway, it’s generally a very positive response. Our very own Ross Hughes, who like me certainly isn’t one who always follows the crowd, will be reviewing the film at the end of the week!