Early reactions to 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' find critics divided

Ben Arnold
Contributor
(Left to right) Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), BB-8, D-O, Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn (John Boyega) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX

The premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker rolled into Hollywood last night, and while we'll have to wait another day or so for the reviews, the early reactions are in.

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And the final movie in the current trilogy appears to have critics and industry commentators divided.

Some loved it, calling it 'an epic'.

But others have described feeling 'bummed', while one critic has called it 'frustrating' and 'an apology for The Last Jedi' (in fact, a few have noted that it feels like J.J. Abrams appears has steam-rollered what director Rian Johnson did in the last Star Wars movie).

It's worth noting, of course, that early reactions don't always shape the review landscape of a movie.

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Many of the critics airing their views may not be the ones actually penning reviews themselves, and while a fair few appear to have reservations, opinions could mellow in the next day or so.

The Millenium Falcon in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

Initial reactions to The Mandalorian were breathless, but the first reviews were a mixed bag (with critics now seemingly more on board with the series).

Either way, when the review embargo lifts, we may have a better idea of what to expect from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth movie in the epic space saga which began back in 1977.

C3PO (Anthony Daniels), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) in STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

Starring Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong'o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams, it's out across the UK on December 19.