Star Wars: The Last Jedi saw its LA premiere last weekend December 9 – and the reviews are in.
The latest instalment in the intergalactic saga sees the return of Rey (Daisy Ridley) as she attempts to cajole a reclusive Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) into training her as a Jedi.
At the end of 2015’s The Force Awakens, Rey is seen approaching Skywalker for the first time.
Directed by Rian Johnson, The Last Jedi has received generally positive reviews.
In his review, NME’s Olly Richards praises the breakaway from the “Star Wars by the book” approach of the film’s predecessor.
“The Last Jedi blasts the rule book to pieces, sending the Skywalker saga in unexpected directions,” he said.
“Not all its risks pay off, but its biggest wins outdo anything in the previous film. For fans, there are many, many moments that will leave you cheering or weeping, possibly both at once.”
Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian picked up on the energy of The Last Jedi, saying: “The Last Jedi gives you an explosive sugar rush of spectacle. It’s a film that buzzes with belief in itself and its own mythic universe – a euphoric certainty that I think no other movie franchise has.”
However, Tasha Robinson from The Verge noted the more sombre elements of The Last Jedi’s plot line: “Last Jedi is often a painful, mournful film about loss: as the bleak story unfolds, the characters lose allies and friends and family, agency and options, treasured illusions and ideals. They lose significant objects tied to their identities.”
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is released in cinemas December 15 2017.