'Solo: A Star Wars Story' First Reactions Are Here

Mere mortals can't see the movie until May 25.

Disney isn't allowing full-length Solo: A Star Wars Story reviews to exist until May 15, but that little rule doesn't have any impact on early reactions in the form of tweets.

The standalone Star Wars entry, centered on a young Han Solo, had its Hollywood premiere Thursday night. As the screening wrapped and the free booze flowed at the Solo-themed afterparty, the news—namely that, apparently, Ron Howard has delivered a fan-pleaser—started rolling in.

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Star Alden Ehrenreich, according to Mashable deputy entertainment editor Angie J. Han, is "the real deal." Meanwhile, IGN's Jacki Jing was "completely floored" by Howard's film. Other words and phrases used among early reactions include "reaaaaalllly good," "fun as hell," "a goddamn delight," and "funny with so much heart." One criticism, at least among the earliest assessments, is the predictability of the plot.

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

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

#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

#SoloAStarWarsStory was a mostly fun adventure and solid performances but with a predictable story. Never will be one of my favorite #StarWars movies but I enjoyed enough of it.

— Dennis Tzeng 曾逸凡 (@ThinkHero) 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

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

#SoloAStarWarsStory has a bit of a rough start, but it was a blast of of an adventure. And yes, Donald Glover steals the movie! But you already knew that. pic.twitter.com/4SGiq6tDmQ

— Jenna Busch-Henderson (@JennaBusch) May 11, 2018

Mere mortals won't get the chance to catch Solo until May 25, but the script—according to Howard—is strong enough to warrant the wait. "Once I knew that they were gonna make a change, you know, I read the script—Larry Kasdan and his son Jon wrote it—and, of course, Larry . . . this is his fourth of the Star Wars movies, starting with Empire Strikes Back," he told Stephen Colbert last week. "I loved it. I loved the story. It surprised me."

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