While we've only seen trailers and clips for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, what's been shown has been enough to move us emotionally. However, if Daisy Ridley's reaction to her first screening of the completed film is anything to go by, we'll all be amazed, and then some, on opening day.
During an interview this morning, Ridley – along with her co-star John Boyega – discussed their feelings about that first screening of J.J. Abrams' winter weapon. If Boyega's initial facial expressions weren't enough evidence as to the quality of the product, then the following reaction Ridley shared with the folks at Good Morning America should be the smoking blaster:
I came out [after the movie] and was like, ‘Yeah, I’m cool.' And then in the car I was like [she makes a crying face] the whole way, and then the whole way home — a 10-hour journey.
Of course, Daisy Ridley's weepy reaction to her screening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens isn't too much of a surprise. It wasn't too long ago that we saw her emotional reaction to the film's trailer, so for her to leave the screening room and eventually weep the ride home is a pretty good sign. Not only does it mean that she's satisfied with her total performance in the film, but also that she's satisfied with the film itself.
You would think that by the time a film such as this was in the can, all involved would be ready to watch it once and graciously do press for it when it drops in theaters worldwide. In the case of watching Ridley and Boyega's reactions to the finished product, their faith in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is palpable. In particular, Daisy Ridley's desire to actually see the film again, and take it in without all of the heightened emotion, is a pretty good sign that the latest Star Wars film will be one for the ages.
Though when it comes to reactions to the next chapter in the Skywalker family saga, which started theatrically with 1977's Star Wars, the reactions we're dying to hear are going to be those from the holy trinity themselves – Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, and Harrison Ford. If their reactions are anywhere near as generous as Ridley's was, then you truly know you have a hit on your hands. But if you want the king of all endorsements to land on the doorstep of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, then the film is going to have to win over George Lucas himself. Here's hoping that all of the strong opinions he's had of late are blasted away by time Episode VII comes to a close.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters on December 18th – only 15 days away!