The first reactions to Solo: A Star Wars Story are in. Much has been made, and rightfully so, about the dramatic, very troubled production behind the latest Star Wars movie from Disney and Lucasfilm. Ron Howard had to come in after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were fired and reshot the majority of the movie. Drama or no drama, the movie is finished and it screened last night at the World Premiere. Based on the first wave of reactions, it turned out quite well. Here's what Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm had to say about it.
"#Solo was a blast. The Kasdans nail the character of Han Solo. Yes, the story is a series of expected events (Han meets chewie....etc) but none of them happen as expected. Stay away from spoilers, big Marvel-level s*** that will make you wonder where Lucasfilm is headed next."
That's all good news. Lawrence Kasdan knows this character arguably better than anyone, save for maybe Harrison Ford. And what's this Marvel-level business he speaks of? That sounds like something to look forward to. But one of the biggest questions heading into Solo: A Star Wars Story, long before the drama ever occurred, was whether or not Alden Ehrenreich would be able to convince us he's actually Han Solo. He's earning a lot of praise and, according to Mashable's Angie J. Han, this guy is the real deal.
"Alden Ehrenreich is the real deal, Thandie Newton is who I want to be when I grow up, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge's L3... well we'll talk about that later. #SoloAStarWarsStory"
With that in mind, it's probably a good thing that Disney and Lucasfilm locked Alden Ehrenreich down for a three-picture deal so they can bring him back later. That is, assuming Solo: A Star Wars Story does well enough at the box office to warrant such a thing. But what of those who didn't love it? It's tough to find any downright negativity, but Collider's Perri Nemiroff says, while the movie is fun, she's still not convinced we ever needed a young Han Solo movie in the first place.
"There's some fun to be had with #SoloAStarWarsStory. Ehrenreich was solid and really enjoyed Glover and Waller-Bridge as L3, but not convinced we needed a young Han Solo movie. Was really hoping for higher stakes, more energy and depth."
Star Wars fans who have been on pins and needles waiting to see how this would all turn out are likely very happy to hear these reactions. Then again, the first wave of reactions to The Last Jedi were overwhelmingly positive and that movie wound up dividing the fanbase pretty viciously. So who knows what's going to happen once the fans weigh in. Will Donald Glover's Lando be enough to charm them into submission? We shall see when Disney and Lucasfilm release Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25. You can check out more of the early reactions from Twitter for yourself below.
#SoloAStarWarsStory is a brisk, fun, cowboy heist movie in expertly applied Star Wars drag. Nothing more, nothing less. It could easily lose half of its callbacks, though the one small surprise will thrill relatively deep canon nerds and confuse the rest into maybe diving deeper. pic.twitter.com/YSZx7ho1Wm— Ryan J. Downey (@ryandowney) May 11, 2018
#Solo was a blast. The Kasdans nail the character of Han Solo. Yes, the story is a series of expected events (Han meets chewie....etc) but none of them happen as expected. Stay away from spoilers, big Marvel-level shit that will make you wonder where Lucasfilm is headed next.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) May 11, 2018
It’s hard not to laugh at Becket telling Han before a heist to stick to the plan and absolutely no improvising, seems like a meta commentary on the production problems. Regardless of any of the production problems, the finished film is going to make most fans happy.— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) May 11, 2018
#Solo is afun! I was pleasantly surprised that it worked as well as it did given all the behind the scenes drama & retooling. Charming cast, fun action, good jokes, good fan service but still does its own thing. #StarWars will be fine.— Jim Vejvoda (@JimVejvoda) May 11, 2018
I like heist movies, I like westerns, I like this cast, I like Star Wars. I enjoyed #Solo A Star Wars story. It looks fantastic, everyone does a fine job, there are some great rewards for the hardcore faithful, if a few too many clobber us over the head callbacks. Woody is my MVP pic.twitter.com/mFOww4NmLY— Ryan J. Downey (@ryandowney) May 11, 2018
#SoloAStarWarsStory: It takes a bit for it to find its feet and for AE to turn on enough charm to make you forget he’s not HF. But once it kicks into its hey-let’s-make-a-crew and yes-also-do-a-heist stuff, it totally flies.— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) May 11, 2018
Yes, I live and breathe @starwars. I know with each new one, I say it’s the greatest one ever. But #Solo delivers in every way. Funny, suspenseful, emotional, a truly epic origin story. If this film doesn’t make your heart happy, then just give up on watching movies. #kesselrun— Adam F. Goldberg (@adamfgoldberg) May 11, 2018
Pleasantly surprised by #SOLO! A cute, fun, stylish #StarWars adventure. Would absolutely watch more Han and Chewie, which is not what I expected going into this AT ALL. Excited to see it again. pic.twitter.com/rpwaZCNevC— ✨ Rachel Heine ✨ (@RachelHeine) May 11, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a goddamn delight. It’s a non-stop adventure packed with way more emotion than your expecting. You’ll have a smile on your face the whole time and leave eager for more. pic.twitter.com/fOsF7Tr95L— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) May 11, 2018
Got out of #SoloAStarWarsStory and I’m completely floored. This movie seriously holds up! I was on the edge of my seat and had so much fun watching it! Interviewing the stars of the film tomorrow, cannot wait ❣️ pic.twitter.com/7GAr6h2c8q— Jacki Jing (@JackiJing) May 11, 2018
Oh, thank the maker. It’s good. It’s sooo good. #Solo— Chris Taylor (@FutureBoy) May 11, 2018
#SoloAStarWarsStory is reaaaaalllly good. Fun as hell. It’s a straight intergalactic heist movie, kind of refreshing to see a Star Wars movie w/o a Death Star or the rebellion’s fate at stake. Alden Ehrenreich is super impressive as Han, but L3 might be my favorite new character.— Kevin Polowy (@djkevlar) May 11, 2018
There’s some fun to be had with #SoloAStarWarsStory. Ehrenreich was solid and really enjoyed Glover and Waller-Bridge as L3, but not convinced we needed a young Han Solo movie. Was really hoping for higher stakes, more energy and depth.— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) May 11, 2018
Alden Ehrenreich is the real deal, Thandie Newton is who I want to be when I grow up, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s L3... well we’ll talk about that later. 😃 #SoloAStarWarsStory— Angie J. Han (@ajhan) May 11, 2018