Rogue One: A Star Wars Story premiered for a group of lucky critics and stars at the Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night. Full reviews are still under embargo (we reviewed 30 minutes of footage here), but brief, spoiler-free reactions are already popping up on Twitter. The film is tracking for a huge opening but may exceed even those estimates based on the reactions so far.
If there were worries about the reshoots being a problem, it sounds like they were for the better, with many viewers praising the exciting last half / third act / ending:
It’s been no secret that director Gareth Edwards was making a war movie — and reshoots were rumored to be making the tone more in line with other Star Wars movies — and it sounds like Rogue One is still a gritty war movie, but still definitely Star Wars:
There were a few complaints, and borderline spoiler-ish tweets. Skip ahead to the next paragraph if you don’t want to know even vague details about the plot.
In general, people in attendance were effusive with praise:
And plenty of people wanted to rank Rogue One in comparison to other Star Wars movies or talk about how well it connects to A New Hope:
Hmm, people seem excited.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story opens December 16th.