'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' First Reactions Hail It As Fitting Conclusion to Saga

The first reactions for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are in.

Disney and Lucasfilm's ninth and presumably final instalment in the Skywalker saga had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Monday night.

Actor and filmmaker Elizabeth Banks tweeted afterwards: "I cried."

That seems to be a recurring sentiment among the attendees at Monday night's premiere, who praised the movie for its nostalgia-filled foray through space.

"I'm emotional, overwhelmed, surprised, shocked & stunned. More than anything, I'm happy. Thanks for coming through one more time, Star Wars," tweeted Mark Ellis.

Fandango's Erik Davis called the movie "epic," writing: "Epic. All of it. #TheRiseofSkywalker is a terrific finale that is just stuffed with so much of everything. Action, adventure—answers!!—humor, heart, love, and grit. I spent the entire second half with tears in my eyes—a wonderful way to end the Skywalker story."

Angelique Jackson said: "All I'll say about #RiseofSkywalker is that I cried 3x ... which seems fitting for the end of the 3rd trilogy to which I've devoted so much of my time It was everything and nothing that I expected. Thank you @jjabrams."

The official Twitter account for the website ComingSoon.net said the film was a "mixed bag" and felt rushed, a criticism lobbied at the final season of HBO's Game of Thrones earlier this year.

"Well, #StarWarsRiseofSkywalker is a definitive end to the Skywalker Saga, and a mixed bag. There are moments of inventiveness and crowd pleasing, but much of it is forced. If you thought Game of Thrones was rushed at the end... Leia's sendoff doesn't work, but Kylo's arc does," said ComingSoon.net.

Mike Ryan said the film felt "convoluted," writing: "STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER is certainly the most convoluted Star Wars. There is a lot I liked, but the first half gets so bogged down with exposition and new plot and doodads and beacons and transmitters, it feels like it should have been three movies on its own."

Adam B. Vary wrote: "I'm gonna need a minute to digest #StarWarsTheRiseofSkywalker. There's so much movie in this movie. But its best moments are the quietest and most human. Giving this more of a think, though."

Eric Eisenberg said the film had some "disappointing" moments. "There is good in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. But there is more that is disappointing. There are a number of choices that just don't track, fan service that doesn't work, and ignored details that are missed. I'm bummed," said Eisenberg.

"Lot to take in with #riseofskywalker It is the big adventure, lightsaber adventure I hoped for. A few things I still wonder if it was necessary but it was a very satisfying end to this new trilogy," said Kristian Harloff.

Peter Scrietta said: "JJ Abrams nailed it. He was able to bring a cohesive arc to this trilogy that feels like a fitting end to the saga as a whole. I'm so emotionally drained. Star Wars fans will be very happy.

"Abrams brings a magical energy to these characters and their interactions. I can't wait to see it again.

"A lot of people are asking where this ranks. For me in the new trilogy it's #2. I have some quibbles with some of the plot, it gets a bit convoluted but I'm not sure it matters in the end because of the emotional payoff."

The Rise of Skywalker is the ninth and final film in the Star Wars Skywalker saga, which began with George Lucas' Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope back in 1977.

Directed by J.J. Abrams, who also helmed 2015's The Force Awakens, The Rise of Skywalker is the final part in the sequel trilogy to Lucas' original series. The film stars Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac and Star Wars veterans Mark Hamill and the late Carrie Fisher.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters on Friday.

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