Some fans are calling this Han Solo origin story a "goddamn delight" and a "wild ride," while others are shrugging it off as "predictable" and "slow."
"Solo: A Star Wars Story" lives up to the hype, according to the lucky few who attended the Hollywood premiere Thursday and took to Twitter to sing the movie's praises.
The first reactions to Disney's Han Solo origin film are positive, for the most part, with Alden Ehrenreich's performance getting shoutouts, but as we could have guessed, it's Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian that audiences are falling head over heels for. And there is apparently more emotional depth than expected, along with Han's signature sarcasm.
The "Star Wars" spinoff started to worry fans when Lucasfilm fired original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller ("21 Jump Street") halfway through what was reported to be a troubled production. Fortunately, it appears Ron Howard steered the ship in the right direction once he came aboard to direct the story about how Han met Chewbacca, acquired the Millennium Falcon and became frenemies with Lando. Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson also star in the latest adventure in a galaxy far, far away, which we now can't wait to see.
See what fans are saying below.
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
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
#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
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 is straight-up overflowing with winks, but lots of great action. And just when I was thinking, “There’s no way to spoil this movie,” well — enjoy that bit.— Kristopher Tapley (@kristapley) May 11, 2018
So, I was REALLY worried about #SoloAStarWarsStory but those concerns are totally laid to rest. A movie for fans AND those totally fresh to the Star Wars franchise. Heart, humor and a Falcon full of top notch action. From a worry to a favorite. Very, very happy! pic.twitter.com/VhvBSDFvjE— Simon Thompson (@ShowbizSimon) 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
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
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
Of course, there were also some haters:
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
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