The Force is strong with Star Wars fans, especially the special group of those super fans, who got to see an early screening of "The Last Jedi" before anyone else at the Esquire IMAX in downtown Sacramento Thursday night.
R2-D2 was among the beloved characters there, with fans dressed as Jedi knights, next generation hero, Rey, both Princess and General Leia and, of course, the bad guys: Kylo Ren, Darth Vader, storm troopers and even a group of bounty hunters.
They all seemed to walk out with very satisfied looks on their faces, and the ones KFBK talked to, like Hannah from Sacramento, who says the film had some things for which they weren't prepared. "It was a lot more intimate, which is something you don't expect from a Star Wars movie, but they really developed the characters, I thought. I'll have to see it a couple more times, I think, to really absorb everything." Hannah's friend, Tony, adds, "A lot of homage to the past, a lot of things for the future. It was exciting to watch, plus light sabers!"
Instead of feeling like 2-and-a-half hours was too long, some said they were bummed it was over.Many of them say they like the overarching themes of the balance between light and dark - or that good triumphs over evil. Others liked that the film had strong female role models, played by Laura Dern and the late Carrie Fisher in her final role.
There's more fan reaction to "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," plus a fun look at the costumes in the video and photo gallery.