After months of waiting for the new Star Wars movie to reach cinemas, the force finally awakened at the world premiere in LA last night to glowing first reviews on social media.
Disney had been extra wary of spoilers leaking and ruining the experience for fans, a strategy that has served only to heighten anticipation and excitement.
UPDATE: Our (spoiler-free) review is in! Read it here.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt rocked up dressed as Yoda as fans flooded to the red carpet to see the stars arrive and take selfies, but was it all worth it?
Apparently so, with the first lucky attendees promising The Force Awakens is “everything you want it to be” and “soooo Star Wars”.
Descriptions include “funny, fun and exciting”, with LA Times film writer Rebecca Keegan noting that “among its many wonderful qualities” it also passes the Bechdel test in representing female characters. It has already racked up a mega 9.5 rating on movie database IMDB.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere
Not everyone was blown away, with one rogue ticket holder branding it merely “okay”, but these first comments are resoundingly positive and will make fans even more eager for Thursday, when they can watch it in UK cinemas.
Take a look at some of the most telling tweets below:
How was Star Wars? Great. Nothing more to say. Just go. #spoilerfree— andrew stanton (@andrewstanton) December 15, 2015
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
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is a strong, promising kickoff. As a standalone, I'd rank it #3 in the series.— Josh Lincoln Dickey (@JLDlite) December 15, 2015
"This will begin to make things right" is the first line of spoken dialogue in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, and I suppose that is true.— Josh Lincoln Dickey (@JLDlite) December 15, 2015
Star Wars premiere just letting out now. A LOT of smiling faces. #StarWarsForceAwakens— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) December 15, 2015
Story, characters, design, humor -- #StarWars fans, this is the movie you're looking for.— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) December 15, 2015
JJ did it. #StarWarsForceAwakens— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) December 15, 2015
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
1st Star Wars review: it was epic, awesome & perfect. The cast was stellar. JJ killed it!— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) December 15, 2015
From comedy to costumes, fights to fx to overall feel, J.J. Abrams has created a thoroughly old-fashioned movie #StarWarsForceAwakens— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikLAT) December 15, 2015
Amazing!Amazing!Amazing! In awe. It's all you want it to be.Old/new/funny/heartbreaking.Daisy Ridley is astonishing! pic.twitter.com/XKoyw8XXcj— Fred Savage (@thefredsavage) December 15, 2015
STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is ok. I know it's poetry, I know it rhymes, but does every line have to rhyme with the last poem?— devin faraci (@devincf) December 15, 2015
The Force Awakens is soooo Star Wars, and Daisy Ridley is the business, and #StarWars— jen yamato (@jenyamato) December 15, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens spoke to my every emotion. Most of them good, a few not, but overall it was an amazing, overwhelming experience— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 15, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens in the UK on 17 December.