The newest Star Wars movie might divide the fanbase. Early reactions to The Last Jedi indicate the movie is more shocking than fans will expect and “a lot to process.”
Critics haven’t released any reviews yet, but those who attended the red carpet premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Saturday night in Los Angeles are tweeting their spoiler-free reactions to the film. Overall, these reactions are mostly positive, but the vast majority warn that certain storylines and character arcs might not be what fans want.
The overall early sentiment from those who have seen The Last Jedi can be summed up in two words: shocking and emotional. Though the movie is being compared to The Empire Strikes Back, this is mostly a reference to the tone, not to the plot.
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Entertainment Weekly’s Anthony Breznican had probably the most to say, and without revealing anything, noted the movie is very surprising saying the plot “sneaks up on you in ways you will not expect. I’ve never seen apparent plot holes wielded as surprise attacks.”
Breznican also noted that he is “still processing” the film, a sentiment shared by several others at the screenings.
Longtime journalist Germain Lussier also implied the movie is going to be a game-changer with fans.
The sentiment that it will be a movie that causes a lot of fan debate was echoed by several others at the screening, too. “Historian Gonzales” also said that one prequel-era character is mentioned and that the movie will “spark more debate than *The Force Awakens.”
Seriously though, everybody — including Peter Sciretta, editor of Slashfilm — are telling fans to stay away from spoilers.
But mostly, all the journalists and other directors — including the excellent Ava DuVernay — were just praising the general greatness of the film.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi premieres in theaters on December 15. Check out all of Inverse’s coverage on the film right here and read our spoiler-free review of the movie on Tuesday, December 12.