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Star Wars: The Force Awakens debuted its first world premiere in Los Angeles on December 14, before holding European premieres in France and England on December 16 and 17. Of course, on Friday, December 18, it was released nationwide in the U.S.
If you’re dying to know the scoop – and just what people are saying now that they’ve seen it, you aren’t the only one.
In Los Angeles Monday, a slew of celebrities were seen at the red carpet event, including Rainn Wilson, former star of The Office, who was dressed as Obi-Wan Kenobi, along with his son Walter, who also got into the spirit, while Joseph Gordon-Levitt dressed as Yoda, and television host Maria Menounos, Modern Family star Sofia Vergara and model Karrueche Tran all sported buns in honor of Princess Leia.
L.A. Times film reporter Josh Rottenburg said, “Onscreen and off, Star Wars: The Force Awakens world premiere was a night of both nostalgia, looking back with reverence to the much-loved original Star Wars trilogy, and of looking forward, as the franchise shifts to a new generation.”
The after party was called “trippy” by staff writer Rebecca Keegan, who added that the party took place where the red carpet launched the event, and that kids were playing the Star Wars: Battlefront game and building BB-8 toys before enjoying dessert.
Some tweets from those who attended:
Short #TheForceAwakens reaction. It’s everything you want it to be. See it ASAP. Beware of spoilers. It’s funny, fun and exciting.
— Robert Mills (@Millsy11374) December 15, 2015
Absolutely loved #TheForceAwakens Classic, nostalgic, modern, menacing and emotional. So complex and layered. LOVED.
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) December 18, 2015
I….. Am a changed woman. #TheForceAwakens was……….. Life changing. I need some time alone with my thoughts.
— Mica Burton (@MicaBurton) December 18, 2015
Across the Big Pond over in London, the fans, many of them waving lightsabers, reports the BBC, turned out “in force” for the red carpet event in Leicester Square on Wednesday night, cheering as a procession of stormtroopers led by Darth Vader, marched down the red carpet.
The stars were also out in droves, with Director JJ Abrams, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver and Lupita Nyong’o all flying in from Los Angeles where the world premiere was held just two days before.
While on the red carpet, Mark Hamill told the BBC that he hesitated about returning to his role as Luke Skywalker. “I never expected to go back in a million years,” he said. “Why go back to what you’ve done before? But then I thought this was too extraordinary an experience to dismiss.”
Harrison Ford sent a personal message to fans, “I hope they enjoy the movie. It’s a worthy effort. I’m very proud of it.”
While the majority of fortunate fans who’ve seen the film have been raving about it, there have been a few who’ve said it’s just average.
Controversial I know but I thought The Force Awakens was pretty average with no original storyline as such and some really poor acting.
— John Beasley (@calway62) December 17, 2015
Austin Nettleton sums up the feelings of those who haven’t seen it.
I'm not one for violence but if anyone tells me ANYTHING that might spoil The Force Awakens for me, I will probably go to jail for assault.
— Austin Nettleton (@austinsqueezy) December 17, 2015