The early reviews for The Last Jedi have not surprisingly won over many, including the father of Star Wars, George Lucas.
The director and writer of the 1977 original Star Wars (aka: A New Hope) and the prequels spoke to the Hollywood Reporter after attending the Hollywood premiere calling it “beautifully made” speaking through his rep, Connie Wethington.
“And in speaking with director Rian Johnson after viewing was complimentary,” she added.
Lucas has sung the compliments the new films since selling his company Lucasfilm to Disney in 2012 for $4.05 billion. While Lucas liked what ultimately came out of The Force Awakens, he did offer some criticism of the direction of J.J. Abrams opting for more nostalgia than “original” ideas. He also offered to contribute ideas for the film, but was turned down admitting “They wanted to go in their own direction” in an interview with Charlie Rose.
The Force Awakens went on to be the current highest grossing film in North America surpassing Avatar, which still holds the current global box office record.
No one should be surprised if Lucas has more to say about the film in the future, but for now, he’s approved it. Also despite Abrams returning to direct Episode IX, we’ll likely see a whole lot less nostalgia and a gateway to future films to continue the franchise.
The Last Jedi opens on Thursday and currently hold a 94 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes.