The first reactions to The Rise of Skywalker are in. The movie had its world premiere recently and people began sharing their thoughts on social media immediately after the screening let out. So, how did director J.J. Abrams do? To say the very least of it, the reactions are mixed.
At first glance, it seems that quite a few people thought the movie was, in a word, epic. Quite a few others describe it as "a lot," with many saying they need more time to process what they've just witnessed. The general consensus, good or bad, seems to be that it was very massive in scope. For Erik Davis of Fandango, it served as a very satisfying finale to the Star Wars sequel trilogy.
"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."
Perhaps the biggest problem going into this movie is the divisive nature of the previous entry. While some particularly loud voices online would have us believe that director Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi ruined the franchise, perhaps overstate things, it's clear that movie didn't satisfy everyone. And that apparently is going to create another divisive situation here.
Quite a few people who came out of the premiere expressed their dissatisfaction, largely because it seems Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker goes against what was done in The Last Jedi. So, if you loved The Last Jedi, it's possible this may not be what you were hoping for. If Episode VIII didn't work for you, maybe Episode IX will do the trick. Kyle Buchanan of the New York Times had one of the more blunt reactions against the movie.
"Rise of Skywalker could only have been ruder to Rian Johnson if they had motion-smoothed it"
It was pretty obvious that this movie wasn't going to be able to please everyone. The big question will be how average moviegoers respond. We've seen many times in recent years that critics and fans simply don't agree on things. Just look at Venom. Point being, if the average Star Wars fan can go into this and find it to be a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy, things should work out just fine for Disney and Lucasfilm. It will be interesting to see how this all plays out in the days to come when full reviews drop online and the general public starts seeing it for themselves. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker arrives in theaters on December 20. Be sure to check out some of the reactions from Twitter that we've collected below.