People outside of Disney have finally seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens; if you’re not holed up in a bunker keeping out all news and plot details until Friday, you can check out our compilation of initial reviews here. At a time like this, it’s also fascinating to go back and see what critics said about the original Star Wars when it was released in 1977.
Many reviewers were overwhelmed by Star Wars’ charms, lavishing particular praise on C3PO, R2-D2, and the iconic Tatooine cantina scene. Others, though, were more skeptical. Joy Gould Boyum of The Wall Street Journal even described it as “a comic book movie.” Little did they know what was to come.