As many know, Solo had its Hollywood premiere yesterday, so the first reactions are being published all throughout the internet. The general consensus seems to be that Solo is great, which is remarkably similar to the general consensus of The Last Jedi before its release. So let’s compare and contrast what these personalities said about Solo, with what they said about TheLast Jedi.
Kate Erbland on Solo:
Writes Indie Wire Film Editor Kate Erbland, it “takes a bit for [Solo] to find its feet and for [young Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich] to turn on enough charm to make you forget he’s not [Harrison Ford].” But, she adds, “once it kicks into its hey-let’s-make-a-crew and yes-also-do-a-heist stuff, it totally flies.”
Kate Erbland on The Last Jedi:
Mike Ryan on Solo:
Uproxx senior entertainment writer Mike Ryan says the first act of the latest Star Wars standalone “can be hit and miss clunky,” but a “legit fantastic” Donald Glover as a younger Lando Calrissian and the Kessel Run heist plot makes Solo “a whole lot of fun.” “It does take a bit to get used to Alden as Han,” Ryan adds, “but after 30 minutes or so your brain adjusts.”
Mike Ryan on The Last Jedi:
I am not someone who cries during new Star Wars movies because a character I like shows up, or whatever, but I sure did during this one. And for the first time since this all happened, that cry felt good.
Joseph Schmidt on Solo:
Joseph Schmidt on The Last Jedi:
Conner Schwerdtfeger on Solo:
Conner Schwerdtfeger of CinemaBlend says to “bank on Lando: A Star Wars Story getting a green light by the end of the year,” continuing the trend of praise for Glover, who Schwerdtfeger says “continues to be perfect.”
Conner Schwerdtfeger on The Last Jedi:
I just saw #StarWars #TheLastJedi and holy hell is it a masterpiece in a lot of insane ways. I think the standout factor is @rianjohnson’s A+ direction. There has never been a Star Wars Movie like this.
Angie J. Han on Solo:
Angie J. Han on The Last Jedi:
The Last Jedi is the first Star Wars movie in a long time, then, to feel like it’s truly about the future. It doesn’t ignore the franchise’s history – Rey explicitly rejects Kylo Ren’s suggestion to “let the past die” – but strikes a balance that feels like an exciting step forward.
Chris Taylor on Solo:
“It’s good,” says Mashable’s Chris Taylor. “It’s sooo good.” He explains: “This is the grungiest, most grunt-level blue collar Star Wars ever and I am here for it.” Taylor says the movie will “surprise and delight you out of your seat.”
Chris Taylor on The Last Jedi:
Rachel Heine on Solo:
Rachel Heine on The Last Jedi:
Peter Sciretta on Solo:
Peter Sciretta on The Last Jedi:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi left me speechless and shaken. I was not prepared for the “holy shit” shocking turn of events, the underlying emotion, the laugh-out-loud humor, the occasional ballsiness, and the bonkers weirdness. With Rian Johnson at the helm, I knew it was in good hands, but I was surprised to find it might be one of the best looking Star Wars films to date. It’s bold, it’s weird, it’s excellent.
Yeah. You get the picture.
But I also encourage you to take a stroll down memory lane, and take in some of the first reactions to The Last Jedi which were published by the Nerdist in November of 2017. That stubborn past just won’t die.
So if you’re counting on the people who helped bring you the 91% Critics Rotten Tomatoes score for The Last Jedi, to give you an accurate assessment of Solo, then you’re not dealing with a full Sabacc deck.
Thanks to FilmGoblin.com for a great write up on this blog post:
What did this diabolical mastermind do? Something both simple and genius: compared
a replicant’s a shill’sa person’s first reactions to Solo to their first reactions to The Last Jedi. And it’s beautiful.