'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Early Reactions Are In

The long-awaited conclusion to the Skywalker Saga hits theaters Dec. 20.


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Early reactions to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker have started to pile up after its world premiere on Monday. As is always the case with writing an entire piece about tweeted reactions to movies that aren't actually out yet, all of this should be approached with caution, though there appears to be at least one common thread among the batch of early commentary.

The New York Times' Kyle Buchanan, for example, said the J.J. Abrams-directed movie "could only have been ruder" to The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson by way of motion-smoothing it. Laura Prudom of IGN, meanwhile, said Abrams' movie—though it contains highs that are "spectacular"—has moments that feel like Abrams was trying to craft an "unnecessary course-correct" from the events of Last Jedi.

RISE OF SKYWALKER could only have been ruder to Rian Johnson if they had motion-smoothed it

— Kyle Buchanan (@kylebuchanan) December 17, 2019

I’m still processing #StarWars #TheRiseofSkywalker. The emotional highs are spectacular, and there are a lot of payoffs (some earned, some not). But some choices feel like an unnecessary course-correct from The Last Jedi and some just plain don’t make sense. Need to see it again pic.twitter.com/NcgBbAeCVx

— Laura Prudom (@lauraprudom) December 17, 2019

Overall, these early reactions to the movie tasked with closing out an entire saga lean in a largely positive direction, though multiple viewers argued that it felt like too many moments of an expository nature made it to the final cut.

And while it's always best to just see a movie for yourself in a valiant effort to make up your own mind, feel free to bide time until Skywalker's wide release by perusing more early reactions below:

All I can say is “wow.”#StarWars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker is many things: horrifying, hopeful, violent, lowkey horny, and full of the right kind of fan service.

But most of all, it’s a fitting ending for this incredible, 40+ year-long saga. pic.twitter.com/pd2GEwI7O3

— Dan Casey (@DanCasey) December 17, 2019

Still processing #TheRiseOfSkywalker - a lot to take in and a lot of heart. My entire life has been wrapped up in this story. I wanted to thank anyone who has ever worked on @starwars for creating the fairy tale of our generations ❤️💫 pic.twitter.com/a28hOeUFb6

— pw (@petewentz) December 17, 2019

I’m emotional, overwhelmed, surprised, shocked & stunned. More than anything, I’m happy. Thanks for coming through one more time, Star Wars.#TheRiseOfSkywalker

— Mark Ellis (@markellislive) December 17, 2019

At worst, I expected #TheRiseOfSkywalker to be a well made movie that I didn't like or whose story choices I disagreed with. I was not expecting a genuinely bad movie with video game plotting, thin characters, weak action and endless exposition of no consequence. Heartbreaking...

— Scott Mendelson (@ScottMendelson) December 17, 2019

People who haven’t seen #TheRiseOfSkywalker are harassing people who saw it last night and liked it. This is the internet of 2019.

— ManaByte (@ManaByte) December 17, 2019

#StarWars #TheRiseOfSkywalker is a lot. It’s a big, giant movie with a lot of spectacle and high stakes and it’s definitely going to start a conversation (or a lot of conversations) among fans.

— BD (@BrandonDavisBD) December 17, 2019

My favorite Star Wars are the ones that take their time and focus on the characters. The whole first half felt like all exposition. It does get better. And Lando rules. But there’s just so much plot it feels so rushed. And the Emperor stuff is so weird.

— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) December 17, 2019

Tweeting through tears - #TheRiseofSkywalker isn’t the best Star Wars film, but it is the ULTIMATE Star Wars film. A truly stunning finale to a nine film saga. Only weird thing was the amount of screen time spent on characters wolfing down raw vidalia onions. I ADORED this movie.

— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) December 17, 2019

#StarWars #TheRiseOfSkywalker...OH MY GOD! I am absolutely blown away! I’ve never been so satisfied by a film. This is the end of an era and a franchise that has defined my life and this did it justice in a way I didn’t imagine it could. You WILL cry.... pic.twitter.com/Jfx5bzdZOO

— Jenna Busch-Henderson (@JennaBusch) December 17, 2019

The perfect end to an epic saga. The story is truly emotional. The direction is jawdropping. I don’t know how he did it. To balance scope and scale with so much heart like that is a feat. The performances are so damn good. Especially, Daisy. A fantastic ride. #TheRiseOfSkywalker https://t.co/06SeSS1Nla

— Ava DuVernay (@ava) December 17, 2019

#TheRiseofSkywalker is a lot. It’s like 9 movies of plot in one. Going to take me about 9 days to process.

— Chris Taylor 🖋️ (@FutureBoy) December 17, 2019

Epic. All of it. #TheRiseofSkywalker is a terrific finale that is just stuffed with so much of everything. Action, adventure — answers!! — humor, heart, love, and grit. I spent the entire second half with tears in my eyes - a wonderful way to end the Skywalker story pic.twitter.com/K2NhHSGWzM

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 17, 2019

#TheRiseOfSkywalker is ummmmmm a lot! tons to love here, no shortage of crowd pleasing moments and twists and cameos, but also quite a bit to 🤔. some faves: jannah 💜, d-0 💚, finn of course 🖤. and what a lovely send off for our general leia 💕🚀💫

— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) December 17, 2019

Now THAT’S what I call an ending 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 #riseofskywalker #starwars @starwars

— Grae Drake (@graedrake) December 17, 2019

The Rise of Skywalker hits theaters Dec. 20. Ahead of the big day, members of the cast (sans Adam Driver) stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live for a round of Family Feudand some theft confessionals. 

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