The wait is almost over for the millions of fans around the world who are eagerly awaiting the release of the latest instalment of the Star Wars franchise titled The Force Awakens. While the public have to wait another day to see it, those who were lucky enough to attend the world premiere in LA took to Twitter to share their thoughts. Critics who attended recent press screenings have also finally had their embargos lifted and have gone on to post their reviews of the hotly anticipated movie. See what they had to say below.
The Daily Mirror’s John Hiscock wrote:
“All I can say is The Force Awakens evokes magical memories of 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, with plenty of humour, action, drama and heart.”
Joshua Rothkopf from Time Out declared:
“JJ Abrams’s Star Wars reboot is as thrilling and playful as anyone could have hoped – a masterly revival of old themes and faces.”
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave the film five stars saying:
“The Force Awakens is ridiculous and melodramatic and sentimental of course, but exciting and brimming with energy and its own kind of generosity.”
Not going to say much till I see it again but rest assured THE FORCE AWAKENS is the best STAR WARS since 1983…maybe 1980.
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) December 15, 2015
The Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy boldly stated:
“The Force is back. Big time. As the best Star Wars anything – film, TV show, video game, spin-off, what-have-you – in at least 32 years, Star Wars: The Force Awakens pumps new energy and life into a hallowed franchise in a way that both resurrects old pleasures and points in promising new directions.”
Helen O’hara from Empire said:
“It packs a planet-sized punch, launching a new generation of characters who – by the end – take a place next to Han, Leia and the rest. Star Wars is back, and this is just the beginning.”
Christopher Hooton in the Independent gave the film four stars, writing in a lengthy review:
“Star Wars: The Force Awakens is actually probably objectively the best Star Wars yet, and would be held up as untouchable had it come first.”
And without spoiling it, I can say that #StarWarsForceAwakens has the BEST final shot of any Star Wars film. Wow.
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 15, 2015
Stefan Kyriazis of The Daily Express meanwhile heaped praise on newcomers Daisy Ridley and Oscar Issacs saying:
“Daisy Ridley is spectacular as scavenger Rey…Oscar Isaacs is handsome, humorous and makes the most of the sharp and smart script. This is a triumphant reboot of the biggest film franchise of our lifetimes and fully earns its place as the soon-to-be biggest film of all time.”
Brian Viner from The Daily Mail’s Brian Viner highlighted the:
“…almost balletic airborne battle scenes, evocative of all the best Second World War films.”
He also referred to the movie as:
“a triumph of escapism and the most exhilarating film yet in this mighty franchise.”
And added that Ridley’s role as Rey should:
“send her career into orbit”.
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) December 15, 2015
Wired’s Adam Rogers summarised his thoughts by writing:
“If you loved Star Wars once, everything you loved is back. And if you’re new? Welcome home.”
Total Film critic Jamie Graham said:
“This, undoubtedly, is the movie that fans wanted, the movie that fans deserve. And it’s only fitting that it is, beneath the scintillating action and striking world-building, a film about parents and children, about the effects of one generation on the next, about legacy. Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be viewed and passed down for many years to come.”
More than a million tickets have already been purchased for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, meaning it is easily on track to become the biggest film in UK history.
The movie has its UK premiere tonight and is released tomorrow with many cinemas running 12.01am screenings.