Hundreds of Star Wars superfans swarmed cinemas across the city on Wednesday night for the first screening of new film The Last Jedi. Midnight screenings took place at locations including the Odeon Luxe Glasgow Quay where 11 of the 12 screens available were showing the latest installment in the Star Wars story for the first time.
There were many similar events across the country – with Odeon alone hosting more than 500 midnight screenings of the film. When we arrived at the Odeon Luxe, members of fan groups The Rebel Legion and UK Garrison were posing in elaborate costume for photographs. There was a palpable level of expectation. Star Wars Episode VIII has been two years in the making but has the responsibility of extending one of the most popular cinematic stories ever. These films are an event.
At just over two and half hours long, this is the longest Star Wars film in the franchise. The Last Jedi has been a hit with critics. It’s a bold movie. Choices are made in a way that was avoided in JJ Abrams nostalgia imbued The Force Awakens. There is momentum away from the original Star Wars trilogy. At the same time original stars Mark Hamill and Carrie Fisher have much to do in this movie. We left the cinema with a lot to process after viewing the spectacular new chapter. Go see it before the spoilers get you.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is on general release today.