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Strangely enough, it looked like the reactions would have been held off until later in the evening, as the premiere let out a little later than expected and radio silence seemed to rule the airwaves. Was it good? Was it bad? Our first indication came from THR's Matt Belloni, as he tweeted the following:
Star Wars premiere just letting out now. A LOT of smiling faces. #StarWarsForceAwakens— Matthew Belloni (@THRMattBelloni) December 15, 2015
A good sign, for sure, but some more, non-spoiler, specifics would have been appreciated. Especially when the next reaction we saw was a very vaguely worded missive from Deadpool creator Robert Liefeld:
Aaaahhhh - my head is spinning!!!— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) December 15, 2015
That reaction could have gone either way, but for some reason we've got a feeling that Liefeld actually enjoyed himself. The same guess work wasn't necessary with THR's Scott Feinberg, who was quick and to the point on how he enjoyed the film:
Fantastic!!!— Scott Feinberg (@ScottFeinberg) December 15, 2015
Eric Vespe, aka Ain't It Cool News' Quint, couldn't put his feelings into words. Instead, he let some scruffy looking Nerf herder do the talking for him:
Out of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. This about sums it up: pic.twitter.com/BPECdYffYy— Eric Vespe (@EricVespe) December 15, 2015
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is racking up a good score with movie journalists, and the one comic artist that reacted, so far. But how do our fellow geeks in the acting profession feel about the film? Leave it to Rainn Wilson to answer that for us with the following gush of approval:
1st Star Wars review: it was epic, awesome & perfect. The cast was stellar. JJ killed it!— RainnWilson (@rainnwilson) December 15, 2015
Meanwhile, The Goldberg's creator, Adam F. Goldberg, actually got up the courage not only to put his rubber stamp of approval on the film, but also to rank the films in order of greatness.
Ranking: 1. Empire Strikes Back. 2. Force Awakens. 3. A New Hope. 4. Return of the Jedi. 5 - 8 Prequels. Thank you JJ. #TheForceAwakens— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) December 15, 2015
With all of the talk of Star Wars being a universe problematic in diversity, for both women and minorities, it's actually refreshing to hear The L.A. Times' Rebecca Keegan not only enjoying the film, but also complimenting it on its treatment of female characters:
Among its many wonderful qualities, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS passes the Bechdel test.— Rebecca Keegan (@ThatRebecca) December 15, 2015
Of course, not everyone is going to enjoy Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and sure enough Devin Faraci broke the streak of goodwill with the following backhanded compliment:
THE FORCE AWAKENS proves JJ Abrams is an auteur: once again we have great characters, propulsive fun, sort of shitty, dumb story.— devin faraci (@devincf) December 15, 2015
Ultimately, Star Wars: The Force Awakens is still pretty much in the bag as this weekend's film to beat. But in order to truly be the record-breaking juggernaut that everyone's assuming it will be, it's going to have to live up to the hype. So far, it looks like the reaction is trending towards that very possibility becoming a reality.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens blasts its way into theaters this Thursday night!