Best 'Star Wars' Movie Ever? 'The Last Jedi' First Reactions Praise Mark Hamill in 'Emotional' and 'Unexpected' Sequel

'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' reactions are in
Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” “I almost had to think of Luke as another character,” Hamill said in a press-junket video. “He’s Jake Skywalker. He’s not my Luke Skywalker.” Lucasfilm/Disney

Star Wars fans—the reactions are in.

Twitter was alight with fervor Saturday night after the world premiere—and first ever public screening—of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, the eighth instalment in the Skywalker saga, directed by Rian Johnson.

The movie's stars including John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Mark Hamill and Lupita Nyong'o walked the red carpet as early audiences got to see the new film five days before it opens in theaters.

So what's the verdict? Based on early reaction on Twitter, The Last Jedi is a massive hit.

"The best Star Wars movie ever," said ComicBook.com's James Viscardi.

No hyperbole - #TheLastJedi is the best #starwars movie. @rianjohnson and co nailed it

— James Viscardi (@JimViscardi) December 10, 2017

The Hollywood Reporter's Aaron Couch said it was Mark Hamill's best ever performance as Luke Skywalker.

#TheLastJedi is incredibly satisfying and hands down Mark Hamill's best performance as Luke Skywalker

— Aaron Couch (@AaronCouch) December 10, 2017

The Last Jedi features Carrie Fisher's final performance as Princess Leia. The actor filmed her role in the movie before her tragic death last December.

Check out the early reactions below:

#TheLastJedi is absolutely fantastic - gripping, touching, funny and powerful w/ gorgeous shots and the most badass battles. When it gets going, holy crap does it get going. Hands down the best #StarWars movie since Empire pic.twitter.com/nWWAhlNMJo

— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) December 10, 2017

There’s a scene in #StarWars #TheLastJedi that I keep playing over and over in my head, that is so stunning and unexpected that I don’t want to forget how I felt seeing it for the first time. This movie feels unlike any other Star Wars movie in all the ways I hoped. pic.twitter.com/zlDW4yOjp2

— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) December 10, 2017

You all have no idea what you're about to see. The saga has truly changed forever #TheLastJedi

— The ForceCast (@ForcecastNet) December 10, 2017

Luke was right: "This is not going to go the way you think." #TheLastJedi will shatter you - and then make you whole again. pic.twitter.com/PJyYpH5loP

— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 10, 2017

I am STUNNED by #StarWars #TheLastJedi. I gasped, I laughed, I screamed, I cried and I had the time of my life. Rian Johnson pulled it off, making what might be the best Star Wars movie ever. pic.twitter.com/0VE5M90dsH

— Joshua Yehl (@JoshuaYehl) December 10, 2017

Just saw #TheLastJedi

Rian Johnson has created something no one else ever has in the #StarWars universe. I was floored. Funny, engaging, wild, surprising. Stay away from spoilers.

10/10

Better than Empire.

— Rear Echelon ⛩️ (@RearEchelon) December 10, 2017

Guys. @rianjohnson has made the most epic, emotionally powerful @starwars film ever. Hands down. My strong advice is to be very wary of spoilers. The less you know about #TheLastJedi, the better. Bravo, bravo, bravo.

— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) December 10, 2017

I just saw #StarWars #TheLastJedi and holy hell is it a masterpiece in a lot of insane ways. I think the standout factor is @rianjohnson’s A direction. There has never been a Star Wars Movie like this.

— Conner Schwerdtfeger (@ConnerWS) December 10, 2017

There aren’t enough words to express how much I LOVED #StarWars #TheLastJedi! It is mind-blowing! I’m in geek heaven! pic.twitter.com/unXfYMkIle

— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) December 10, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is so very different, exciting, surprising. So many emotions, so many amazing moments. Stay away from spoilers.

— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 10, 2017

Not only are Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill at their very best as Leia and Luke in this movie, but Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver blow Rey and Kylo Ren out of the park. I didn’t expect where those characters went and it’s my favorite part of the movie. #TheLastJedi

— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) December 10, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters December 15.