The lucky few who saw the new Star Wars film on opening night have shared their first impressions.
The Force Awakens was screened for the first time on December 14.
Reviews are embargoed until December 16, but some audience members couldn’t resist sharing their thoughts on Twitter and other social media accounts.
Documentary director Brett Morgen, for instance, wrote: “Force Awakens might be the best blockbuster since the original.”
Ranking: 1. Empire Strikes Back. 2. Force Awakens. 3. A New Hope. 4. Return of the Jedi. 5 – 8 Prequels. Thank you JJ. #TheForceAwakens
— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) December 15, 2015
Story, characters, design, humor — #StarWars fans, this is the movie you’re looking for.
— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) 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
“Force Awakens delivers on every level. Lucas and Spielberg in the house tonight. DO NOT READ ANY REVIEWS. Experience it fresh,” he added.
Rainn Wilson, best known as Dwight in The Office television show, added: “It was epic, awesome and perfect. The cast was stellar. JJ killed it!”
“Among its many wonderful qualities, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS passes the Bechdel test,” tweeted Rebecca Keegan of the L.A. Times. “Story, characters, design, humor — #StarWars fans, this is the movie you’re looking for.”
Inside the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, the audience reportedly began cheering the moment the movie’s first words appeared on screen, with more applause coming throughout the movie and collective gasps heard at other parts.
“Need to see THE FORCE AWAKENS again to properly judge the film. Was practically shaking in my seat while it played,” wrote Twitter user Frosty of Collider. “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.”
“Bombastic! Epic!” exclaimed Twitter user Flaurent Soki. “Now I know what movie going to win for best visual effect! Star Wars The Force Awakens is the revival of a new hope. It was a triumphing success. You’re going to love it. Congrats JJ!”
“#StarWars #TheForceAwakens is propulsive, funny, exciting, and Adam Driver is an incredible new villain,” Wenceslas Bibbiani of Crave Online shared. “It’s mostly great. Mostly.”
The seventh film in the Star Wars universe, and the beginning of a new trilogy, is slated for wide release in U.S. theaters on December 18.