The premiere of Star Wars: The Last Jedi proved to be a momentous occasion, as fans and industry executives hung out together in Los Angeles on Saturday night to watch the very first screening of the movie. Many fans and critics have already taken to the internet to praise the new film online.
Rian Johnson, the main writer, and director of the newest movie in the Star Wars franchise – and the eighth installment to be exact – dedicated the evening to the late Carrie Fisher, who died not long after filming finished.
Johnson, when speaking about Fisher in heaven, said she’s probably “up there” giving everybody the finger and telling him not to ruin the night with “somber tributes.”
Fans were happy to see old favorites including Mark Hamill, who starred in the original Star Wars films alongside Harrison Ford. Additionally, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver, and Daisy Ridley were present for the ceremony.
After Johnson introduced the legendary composer, John Williams, as one of the “greatest composers alive,” the crowd stood up and delivered a standing ovation.
Reviews written by journalists will not be published for several days, but many industry leaders shared their opinion of the new Star Wars film.
The director of 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, J.J. Abrams, spoke to journalists from the Associated Press and said it was “great” and that the new director “killed it.”
Additionally, Adam F. Goldberg who worked as the producer said the film brought him back to feeling like a child again.
Anthony Breznican from Entertainment Weekly said the film would “shatter you” and bring you back to life again. The Last Jedi will be one of the biggest releases of the year, and analysists expect it to debut around $200 million for its opening weekend.