That sentiment puts the film in stark contrast to its predecessor, The Force Awakens, which critics liked but also said felt familiar, even safe. The reactions affirm Disney’s confidence in the film’s director, Rian Johnson, who is now developing an all-new Star Wars trilogy that’s “separate from the episodic Skywalker saga.”

The Force Awakens made over $2 billion at the box office and received a 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes. The Last Jedi probably won’t trump the former figure (it’s tracking for an opening weekend about 20% smaller than that of The Force Awakens), but may get even more love from critics if these reactions are any indication. Film reporter Josh L. Dickey predicted it would net at least a 97%.

Based on the hugely positive buzz and box office projections, The Last Jedi could become the first Star Wars film to land an Oscar nomination for best picture since the first one in the franchise, A New Hope.

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