Many "Star Wars" fans consider the second part of the original trilogy ("The Empire Strikes Back") the best "Star Wars" film of all time. Based on the social media reaction to the second part of the new trilogy, it looks like history may be about to repeat itself.
"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" had its world premiere Saturday night, and the response that came out of it has been overwhelmingly positive. Official reviews for the film have been embargoed until Tuesday, but that didn't stop critics and the few lucky fans who got to see it from giving their first impressions of the sequel via Twitter, with some proclaiming it may be the best "Star Wars" film yet.
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They also started to get immediately nervous about spoilers, with many fans swearing off social media for the week, and even Mark Hamill tweeting the hashtag #KeepTheSecretsOfVIII. According to several of those in attendance, the best parts of the film haven't been spoiled in the trailers.
Rian Johnson, who wrote and directed the film, introduced the screening as a tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, who died shortly after finishing shooting her last turn as Princess Leia in "The Last Jedi."
"I want to dedicate tonight to Carrie, who is up there right now flipping me the bird, saying 'Damn it Rian, don't you dare make this night a solemn tribute,'" Johnson said to the cast, crew, critics and fans at the screening, according to The Guardian.
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If these first impressions are anything to go by, stellar reviews should start dropping this week in anticipation of a $200 million opening weekend for the latest in the blockbuster franchise.
Here are some of the early responses to "Star Wars: The Last Jedi:
We're Rian Johnson's cast of"Last Jedi"We hope you will enjoy the film@HamillHimself
It's wonderful to be here-It's certainly a THRILL
You're such a lovely audience-We'd like to take you home with us
We'd LOVE to take you home!💋 #BestFansInTheGalaxy #KeepTheSecretsOfVIII https://t.co/38Ri686AZa
#TheLastJedi is absolutely fantastic - gripping, touching, funny and powerful w/ gorgeous shots and the most badass battles. When it gets going, holy crap does it get going. Hands down the best #StarWars movie since Empire pic.twitter.com/nWWAhlNMJo@ErikDavis
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@GermainLussier
THE LAST JEDI is made of massive moments, jaw-dropping decisions, and megatons of involuntary audience participation. There is no fighting it: Every crowd that sees it is going to devolve. Loudly https://t.co/pZwanHrNwd@JLDlite
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is so very different, exciting, surprising. So many emotions, so many amazing moments. Stay away from spoilers.@slashfilm
Star Wars The Last Jedi checks all the boxes while creating all new boxes and checking those as well! 41 years of living Star Wars and this one is the top! Emotional. Action packed. Revelatory! Twists and turns galore! I avoided ALL spoilers. Do the same!@robertliefeld
#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@jenyamato
Guys. @rianjohnson has made the most epic, emotionally powerful @starwars film ever. Hands down. My strong advice is to be very wary of spoilers. The less you know about #TheLastJedi, the better. Bravo, bravo, bravo.@Clayton_Sandell
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@Breznican
THE LAST JEDI: A little too long & dragged in the middle, but great fun overall! As good as The Force Awakens; Rogue One is better! More humor than expected, great #StarWars moments, #MarkHamill is awesome! A worthy Episode VIII pic.twitter.com/HHihSa788D@MovieMantz
Saw #TheLastJedi. By far the best #StarWars movie since the original trilogy, maybe the best since Empire.@TimAMolloy
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.@GermainLussier
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is a triumph. So many big moments, so much emotion, so much to digest. Had the whole crowd cheering and woah'ing.@djkevlar
THE LAST JEDI has more goosebump moments than any Star Wars movie I can remember. I was grinning for most of the 2 and a half hours. A worthy and great Star Wars film. The franchise is in great hands. Kudos to @rianjohnson@joshuahorowitz
The Last Jedi is incredible. Character at the forefront, amazing action and so so so much emotional payoff decades in the making. I will be watching this one a lot. pic.twitter.com/KVOjLhwk27@EricVespe
There's a scene in #StarWars #TheLastJedi that I keep playing over and over in my head, that is so stunning and unexpected that I don't want to forget how I felt seeing it for the first time. This movie feels unlike any other Star Wars movie in all the ways I hoped. pic.twitter.com/zlDW4yOjp2@Terri_Schwartz