Fantastic first critical reactions to Solo: A Star Wars Story call it “an absolute blast” with some big surprises

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Despite all the critical praise it ended up receiving, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was an absolute production nightmare. It was still a breeze in comparison to what transpired on the set of Solo: A Star Wars Story as Lucasfilm fired original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller due to them wanting to deviate too much from the studio’s plans, forcing new director Ron Howard to reportedly redo most of what had been shot up to that point (recent reports indicate that 70% of the movie is all Howard) at a massive cost and on a very fast schedule.

But, like Rogue One, would it all be worth it in the end? That appears to be a pretty resounding “YES!” according to most of those who have now seen it. The first press screenings were held last night, and while critics in attendance are still under a very strict embargo preventing them from doing full reviews, they were allowed to post their reactions on social media, with many exclaiming how much they enjoyed this action-packed, highly entertaining origin story for Han Solo.

Obviously, the biggest question here though is how Alden Ehrenreich handles the title role famously originated and turned into a beloved movie legend by Harrison Ford decades ago. Well, despite the concern of many, it appears the young actor has done a bang-up job, even bringing some of that trademark Solo swagger to it. In fact, the cast overall drew lots of praise, with Howard receiving his own share for staging some really amazing sounding action set-pieces.

What stands out the most to me though are some mentions that the story goes to some very unexpected places. This was a big issue to me as I – like many fans – just didn’t think we needed to see this tale. Turns out that veteran screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdans had some tricks up their sleeves which proves us wrong.

Check out the reactions below.

Solo: A Star Wars Story also stars Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany and Jonas Suotamo. It is scheduled for release on 25 May.

Last Updated: May 11, 2018

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions - but very little sleep - I've been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

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