Tonight, the latest film in the Star Wars saga held its world premiere at not one, not two, but three Hollywood theatres. Solo: A Star Wars Story celebrated its big day in style (with a giant Millennium Falcon) before hitting screens at the TCL Chinese Theatre, the Dolby Theatre, and the El Capitan.
But enough about the hoopla — how is the film? Given the tumultuous production, which saw original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ousted weeks before the film’s original wrap date, there’s been a great interest in whether the film would pull together. While full reviews won’t be up for a few more days, those in attendance were able to share their first impressions on social media. With that, here’s a quick roundup of what people are saying about Solo:
First up, Slashfilm’s Peter Sciretta seemed to enjoy the film, and also points out a potentially meta moment:
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
Overall, many had kind things to say about the film:
I figured if @DisneyStudios was willing to show 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' a few weeks before release it must be good and it absolutely is. Film is a blast and a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe. @RealRonHoward you did a great job. Congrats. pic.twitter.com/1pkWH2y6qE
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) May 11, 2018
Another thing about 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' that really stood out are the action set pieces. They were GREAT and so well choreographed.
Also thought Alden Ehrenreich was perfectly cast as Han Solo. Trust me entire cast was fantastic. Can't wait to see it again. pic.twitter.com/Sh5IC8qnSF
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) 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
Solo: A Star Wars Story is more of what I loved about Rogue One. Most real looking film in the franchise, and the best blaster actions scenes and vehicle chases. #SoloAStarWarsStory
— Rob Keyes (@rob_keyes) May 11, 2018
Some also praised the performances of Alden Ehrenreich as Han, Donald Glover as Lando, and others:
#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
I loved #SoloAStarWarsStory so much. It’s a western. A caper. Funny with so much heart. It’s got so much surprises that fans are going to love. Donald Glover is charming x1000. Alden Ehrenreich is a great #HanSolo and just know I’ve been saying this for years! Fave new #StarWars.
— Michelle Buchman (@michelledeidre) May 11, 2018
— Umberto Gonzalez (@elmayimbe) 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
In terms of criticism, a few reviewers mentioned that the movie gets off to a bit of a slow start or were just “meh” on the film in general:
#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
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) May 11, 2018
The first act of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY can be hit and miss clunky. But once Donald Glover's Lando shows up (who is legit fantastic) and the Kessel Run heist plot kicks in, it's a whole lot of fun. (And those who've always wanted a Han and Chewbacca shower scene are in luck.)
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) May 11, 2018
Solo: A Star Wars Story is… fine. It's slow to find its footing, but picks up in the second act, and it's definitely fun. Has the occasional prequel problem answering questions I didn't need answers to, but also some fun references. Overall I liked it, didn't love it pic.twitter.com/dV02yRYueA
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) May 11, 2018
Finally, one reviewer advised that fans take precautions against spoilers — #ChewieDemandsYourSilence?
— Clayton Sandell (@Clayton_Sandell) May 11, 2018
As always, it should be noted that these early reactions tend to be a bit more positive than full reviews. That said, it seems that Solo may have escaped what seemed like an ill fate mere months ago.
FYI, we’ll have our own first reactions to share tomorrow night and have a complete (spoiler-free) review Tuesday, May 15th.
Solo: A Star Wars Story blast into theatres May 25th.
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