Update: EW says Boyega has not seen the film:
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) November 25, 2015
Deadline is running a quote from John Boyega on Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Some reactions to this quote have been akin to “the sky is falling.” I don’t think there’s a reason to worry or panic about the quality of the movie or if it will be any good based on this quote alone. John Boyega is in the movie. It is going to make it a weird situation for him. If Boyega felt the movie was awful, he wouldn’t want to see it with a bunch of different audiences to gauge their reaction. He would know it sucked. He really doesn’t know:
“I think for now, based on what I saw, and based on my experiences on the set, I just don’t know,” Boyega said, throwing his hands up. “This is a discussion I was having with J.J. [Abrams] yesterday and I was just like ‘How are people going to react to this movie?’ But there’s going to be a reaction for sure.” He continued, “I’m going to try to see it as many times as possible with different audiences just to gauge everyone’s opinions of it.”
My guess is Boyega is wondering how people are going to take a few of the HUGE moments in the film. When two of those moments have been discussed in the past, they were very controversial. I personally feel they’re brave and solid choices that make for a solid and stable story with good structure and flow. But this is still a mainstream movie where people expect things and when those expectations aren’t meant in the way some want them to be, they get annoyed and reactive. Their knees jerk. Half the criticism of the prequels, in my opinion, has more to do with people not getting what they ordered and instead they were getting what George Lucas served to them. This pissed them off. But J.J. Abrams and Disney are serving the fans exactly what they want to “delight” them while trying to make a great Star Wars film.
Maybe I’m too cynical. I hope I am. I feel like with a movie this size, with years of expectations, it can’t please everyone. But based on what we have seen, heard, and what we think we know, I just can’t imagine the movie being mixed.