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First Reactions: Is 'Rise Of Skywalker' Actually Any Good?

The first advanced reviews are in.
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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker received its world premiere last night (December 16) and the first reactions have landed. Fans who were nervous after the last film (which includes John Boyega) can relax; it seems we have another winner on our hands, as critics have heaped praise on the final chapter in the Skywalker saga.

The consensus seems to be that the movie is "satisfying" and "epic", if a little complicated in parts.

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"Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker reaction: JJ Abrams nailed it," wrote SlashFilm's Peter Scrietta. "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."

"I realized within the first 20 mins of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker that it was the best film in this trilogy, and it kept getting better right through to the end. THANK YOU!!! #Maytheforcebewithyou," added Geek Bomb's Maude Garrett.

Meanwhile, The Economist's Gady Epstein tweeted: "An ultimately satisfying and moving conclusion to the trio of trilogies. This is the ending Star Wars deserves."

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"It’s an immensely satisfying and MASSIVE end to the saga," said ScreenRant's Rob Keyes. "It somehow addresses issues, problematic characters, and most unanswered questions from The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi too."

Jake Hamilton called it "dark and scary, but hopeful and beautiful", admitting he "worship[s] this movie".

Some have also noted the sheer amount of story that is packed into the film, while others predicted that it may be divisive.

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"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is good," said Brandon Davis. "It's big and full of surprises and, in the words of Luke Skywalker, 'This is not going to go the way you think.'"

However, it wasn't praise across the board, with Mike Ryan adding: "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."

CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg added: "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."

Take a look at some more reactions below:

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We'll have to wait until Wednesday morning for the full reviews to arrive, and for the critics to expand on their (spoiler-free) thoughts on the climactic chapter in the Skywalker Saga.

Returning director JJ Abrams will hopefully be more satisfied than he was with The Force Awakens, which left him with one big regret involving Leia and Chewbacca. "I wish that Chewie hadn't walked past Leia in the third act of The Force Awakens after Han died," he said. "There are things all over the place I always know I could have done better, but that's part of learning, I guess." You've got one final chance to wrap the saga up how you wanted, JJ.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker will be released in the Philippines on January 8, 2020.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.co.uk. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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