The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson is singing the praises of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Much has been made of the upcoming Star Wars standalone centered on the beloved, scruffy-looking smuggler originally played by Harrison Ford. This time, it's Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and, troubled production aside, the movie is coming out in just a few months and fans are still a little uncertain how to feel about it. Now, Johnson has revealed his feelings on Solo and he seems to be pretty happy about it.
Not that a man like Rian Johnson, who aside from directing The Last Jedi is also developing a new trilogy of Star Wars movies for Lucasfilm, is going to come out and say anything negative in a public setting about the Han Solo movie. However, during an interview at the AARP Movies for Grownup Awards, Johnson was asked about Solo: A Star Wars Story and shared his rather positive thoughts on the movie. Here's what he had to say about it.
"I knew it was coming, but I was still...I was clicking, clicking, clicking, 'yeah, yeah!' And I think it looks so beautiful. I can't wait for people to see more of the film, it's so fun, it's so funny. The cast is so charismatic, and I think they all just did a great job with it."
Rian Johnson doesn't single anyone out specifically, but there are a lot of people who are going to be deserving of praise if Solo: A Star Wars Story actually turns out to be quite good. There are also just as many people who may have to take share in the blame, and that will certainly become an interesting game of pointing fingers. But for now, since we haven't heard any actual critical reactions to the movie just yet, all we can go on is that a man who made a divisive Star Wars movie says that Solo is a fun movie.
To that point, Rian Johnson did make a very successful movie in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, critically and financially speaking, but the movie remains divisive among the fanbase. So there's a percentage of Star Wars fans that may not value his opinion too highly at this point. But this really comes down to what Ron Howard managed to do. Phil Lord and Chris Miller were practically done shooting the movie prior to being fired by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. Howard had to come in and right the ship with incredibly extensive reshoots, as much as 80 percent, essentially making it his movie.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters on May 25. So far, we've seen just one teaser trailer and a Super Bowl spot, as well as an excellent, fan-made trailer set to Sabotage by the Beastie Boys. So we're likely to get at least one, full-length trailer and some TV spots ahead of the release. Solo looks like a Star Wars movie, but is it actually a good Star Wars movie? At least one man thinks so. These comments from Rian Johnson come courtesy of Comicbook.com.