Perfect, say satisfied Star Wars: The Force Awakens watchers in Singapore

Invited guests get snappy happy with a Star Wars character at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, at Shaw Lido, on Dec 16, 2015.
Invited guests get snappy happy with a Star Wars character at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, at Shaw Lido, on Dec 16, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
A young guest (right) dressed up as a Yoda, a Star Wars character, at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015.
A young guest (right) dressed up as a Yoda, a Star Wars character, at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Fans dressed up in characters taking a photo with R2-D2 at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015.
Fans dressed up in characters taking a photo with R2-D2 at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Fans dressed up as stormtroopers at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015.
Fans dressed up as stormtroopers at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
It's a high five with a Star Wars character at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015.
It's a high five with a Star Wars character at the gala premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens on Dec 16, 2015. ST PHOTO: SEAH KWANG PENG
Star Wars fans in costume at Shaw Lido on Dec 16, 2015.
Star Wars fans in costume at Shaw Lido on Dec 16, 2015.ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE
Star Wars fans in costume at Shaw Lido on Dec 16, 2015.
Star Wars fans in costume at Shaw Lido on Dec 16, 2015. ST PHOTO: YIP WAI YEE

SINGAPORE - Reactions to the Singapore premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens have been largely positive, as visibly excited audiences emerged from the screening with happy faces.

Several viewers pointed out how the new film in the iconic series successfully managed to appeal to nostalgia as well as introduce a new set of characters. 

Nanyang Technological University professor Liew Kai Khiun, 42, who has research interests in pop culture, told The Straits Times: "Director J.J. Abrams managed to pull off the perfect multi-generational story, with both the old cast and a brand new generation of actors.

 
 

"It also broadens diversity with a white female and a black male in the lead roles, which I think speaks to the present. So much happened in this movie - I am going to need to watch this a few more times."

Singapore-based British actor George Young, 35, agreed: "The movie will satisfy everyone. Fans will love that it is familiar yet new at the same time, while new viewers will love droid BB-8. I thought the movie was awesome."

Student development officer Chew Xuan Hui, 28, gave a more mixed review, but was overall satisfied. 

He said of the two-hour 16-minute film: "There is a lot of suspense and the action is great, but I feel like it dragged on far too long and got a little repetitive."

The screening they attended, which was held at Shaw Lido on Wednesday night, was the  first showing of the hugely anticipated film in Singapore. 

The invite-only event was open to members of the press, celebrities, trade partners and select fan groups of the iconic film series.

The first public screening of the film was held at the same venue hours later past midnight. 

Yipwy@sph.com.sg