Star Wars is back and the force has well and truly awakened.
Yesterday, fans from around the globe, watched in anticipation, whether live on the ground, or via updates on social media, as Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles California was shut down for the world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the seventh instalment in a space saga that has enthralled and changed popular culture ever since its first introduction in 1977.
This was the first time anyone, outside of the Disney Studios that produced the film, had seen the movie, and it was done in grand style. Three theatres were used for the showcasing the film for the first time, the famous TCL Chinese Theatre where the first Star Wars was shown in 1977, The Dolby and El Capitan. There were tents filled with costumed characters, props and more to tantalize the more than 1000 persons that showed up for the special occasion.
Many stars and invited guests were in attendance on the red carpet, including the cast of the original Star Wars Trilogy, Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), mingling with the new stars of the next generation, John Boyega (Fin) , Daisy Ridley (Rey) and Oscar Isaacs (Poe Dameron). A physical representation of Director J J Abrams ideology of keeping true to the spirit of the original film trilogy started by Star Wars Creator George Lucas. Lucas himself was also honoured on the night.
The Force awakens takes place 30 years after the events of the Battle of Endor and the events portrayed in the Return of the Jedi. Disney has placed an embargo on all reviews from those who have seen the film on Monday, until Wednesday midnight. However, initial reactions seem more than positive as many took to social media to share their experience.
Actor Rob Lowe tweeted “There's a new hero in town, in a movie that DELIVERS. Cried like a baby, whooped like a teen!#StarWarsForceAwakens”
La Times reporter Rebecca Keegan tweeted “Story, characters, design, humor -- #StarWars fans, this is the movie you're looking for.”
Film critic John Campea said “For the first time since 1983... Star Wars is back!”
Fan expectations and excitement seem to be at an all-time high as the Star Wars: The Force Awakens opens to the general public on Thursday December 17th, 2015. Triniscene will be bringing you all the highlights from the opening day at Digicel ImaxTT.