The embargo on reviews for Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” have lifted and so far it looks like the film is going to please many.
Rotten Tomatoes currently has the film at 93% with an average rating of 8.3/10 with 129 reviews counted. To put that in comparison, ‘The Force Awakens’ sits at 93% and 8.2/10 but with 378 reviews counted. Plenty more ‘Last Jedi’ reviews are expected in coming days though so the score could go either up or down (though at this point it will only be incremental changes either way).
Over on Metacritic it’s already at 85/100 with 44 reviews counted, slightly better than the 81/100 for ‘The Force Awakens’ and notably better than the 65/100 for ‘Rogue One’. Most have praised it overall with quibbles usually in regards to the 2.5 hour film’s pacing and the comedy elements.
The film begins opening in select foreign markets mid-week before blasting off in North America and other major territories on Friday (excluding China) with current estimates putting it at a $425 million-plus opening by Sunday – one of the five best worldwide openings of all time not accounting for inflation.
That figure includes a North American take in the $200 million range which would be the best opening of the year so far.