Break out your happy Ewok dance, "Star Wars" fans.
Not even the Millennium Falcon could fly hopes for "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" any higher, but -- based on early reactions -- Jyn Erso's rebel yell will not let you down. Far from it. Lucky critics and fans got a look at the standalone movie at the Los Angeles premiere and shared quick thoughts on Twitter. (Full reviews will be posted starting Tuesday.) Because the film had major reshoots, and some shuffling behind-the-scenes, many fans worried for the final product. Their lack of faith was disturbing, and apparently unwarranted.
Here are some of the reactions:
The last time I loved a Star Wars movie as much as I loved #RogueOne, it was 1977.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) December 11, 2016
#RogueOne is pretty much everything I was hoping for & then some. So moving/satisfying for so many reasons. Already dying for a 2nd viewing.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) December 11, 2016
#RogueOne is FANTASTIC. Incredible action, both planetary and interstellar, and looks GORGEOUS. Most importantly, it feels like Star Wars.— Terri Schwartz (@Terri_Schwartz) December 11, 2016
I had high hopes. It exceeded them.— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 11, 2016
I expected it to be funny. I didn't expect to be choked up. Moments of true bravery, and some speeches we need right now. #RogueOne— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 11, 2016
Chirrut Imwe and K-2SO steal the movie. Amazing work by Donnie Yen and Alan Tudyk.— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 11, 2016
People worried about #RogueOne not being a gritty war film need not worry. It's intense, relentless. You can practically taste the grit.— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 11, 2016
As with The Force Awakens, a fair number of shots from the #RogueOne trailers aren't in the movie. But the trailers did capture the tone.— Anthony Breznican (@Breznican) December 11, 2016
Theres an amazing amount of footage/dialogue in the #RogueOne trailers and marketing that are not in the film, including Troopers in water.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) December 11, 2016
So... #RogueOne? It's freaking great! So many crowd-pleasing moments! It's emotional, exciting and incredibly satisfying. Loved it!— Eric Goldman (@TheEricGoldman) December 11, 2016
Holy crap did I love Rogue One. It's gonna take days to wipe the smile off my face. So many surprises and so much fun. Get excited.— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) December 11, 2016
So that's what they thought. The timeline places "Rogue One" right before "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," but it remains to be seen where fans will rank it on their list of favorites: toward the OGs, the prequels, or the just-starting-sequels?
"Rogue One," directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, opens this Friday, December 16.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.