The world premiere of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" landed in Hollywood Tuesday and the release of J.J. Abrams' reboot of the iconic sci-fi franchise awakened a force indeed -- the force of movie critcs. After the buzzed-about premiere, Twitter was flooded with reviews from the country's top critics, all posting their write-ups at light speed to be first to tell the franchise's millions of fans in waiting if the new movie lives up to their lofty expectations. The consensus -- "The Force Awakens" delivers!
After the premiere, which was held in Los Angeles, critics were kept to a strict embargo rule before they were allowed to post their reviews of the film. Slash Film editor Peter Sciretta posted the terms of the embargo on Twitter.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 12, 2015
Not surprisingly, as soon as the clock struck 12:01 PST, the reviews came pouring onto fans' newsfeeds and almost every single one was positive.
— Esquire Magazine (@esquire) December 16, 2015
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) December 16, 2015
— The New York Times (@nytimes) December 16, 2015
The consensus seems to be that "The Force Awakens" is a return to form for a franchise that faced much criticism for the quality of the last trilogy of films. Unlike after 1999's "The Phantom Menace," fans can look forward to more from Disney's take on George Lucas' beloved universe.
"When 'The Force Awakens' ends, it feels bittersweet simply because you so badly want to get to the next chapter," writes Chris Nashawatay of Entertainment Weekly. "So, yes, the wait is over. But now a new waiting game begins."
"The Force Awakens" now sports a 99% fresh rating on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes. Fans can see for themselves what they think of the new "Star Wars" when the film hits theaters nationwide on Dec. 18.
Watch the trailer for "The Force Awakens" below: