‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ First Reactions Are In: ‘Donald Glover Continues to Be Perfect’

The audience at the world premiere sees Alden Ehrenreich living up to Harrison Ford’s iconic role

Last Updated: May 10, 2018 @ 10:46 PM

Most fans still have to wait another two weeks to see “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” but those lucky enough to attend the Hollywood premiere Thursday night are sharing their thoughts. The verdict: “Solo” is a great intergalactic heist movie, and star Alden Ehrenreich is fully capable of filling Harrison Ford’s Han Solo boots.

Also, Donald Glover is phenomenal as Lando Calrissian.

The prequel to 1977’s “Star Wars: A New Hope” delves into the early life of everybody’s favorite scoundrel, Han Solo (played originally by Ford and here by Ehrenreich). We all know Han as the best smuggler around, working for Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine with his best bud, walking carpet wookiee warrior Chewbacca, and flying the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon.

Before he was all that — as well as a general fighting or the Rebellion, Luke Skywalker’s best friend and Leia Organa’s paramour — Han was a nobody. “Solo” finds him gaining his best friend and his ship, filling in a piece of “Star Wars” history that’s been alluded to but never seen: Han winning the Millennium Falcon from Lando.

“Solo” hasn’t had the easiest time making it to the screen, though. Lucasfilm originally hired “The LEGO Movie” directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to helm the movie, signaling that it’s more of a comedy than previous “Star Wars” movies have been. Lucasfilm fired the two directors, however, reportedly after their creative vision clashed with that of screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and his son and co-writer, Jason Kasdan.

Ron Howard picked up the baton for “Solo,” finishing the movie and reshooting much of it — reportedly, as much as 70 percent of the movie is now made up of reshoots, giving “Solo” a different feel from the original cut. But folks at the premiere found it to be emotional, exciting and the most action-packed of any “Star Wars” movie.

Read the reactions below.