Last night, Lucasfilm’s Solo: A Star Wars Story had its world premiere in Hollywood, CA, and the first official reactions signify that the newest adventure in the galaxy far, far away is a fun heist adventure that works thanks to the charm of its cast. One of the people in attendance at the premiere was Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson.
Johnson took to his official Instagram story to share a snapshot of him and his girlfriend Karina Longworth from the red carpet premiere. In the story, he shares his official thoughts on Ron Howard’s film, to which he showers with praise:
“Donald Glover is great in it, but duh. Alden [Ehrenreich] is terrific, he’s not doing a Harrison Ford impersonation but he brings his own charm and swagger to the character. The big surprise for me was Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Bridge-Waller?) who has a few of the funniest moments I’ve ever seen in a Star Wars movie. I had never watched Fleabag (I know, I know, I need to watch it — I’m loving Killing Eve but she’s not in that, she only wrote it) so it was a pleasant surprise. The action scenes are true great. But who’s going to read this and take me seriously? I’d like to think I’d still be honest but it’s not like you’re going to come to my Instagram story for hard-edged film criticism on a Star Wars movie. See it though, it’s super fun. I should get back to writing. Jesus, what have I typed.”
In particular, Johnson praises both Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover’s performances as Han Solo and Lando Calrissian respectiely. In regards to Ehrenreich, Johnson stresses that the actor manages to make the character his own without having to do an impression of Harrison Ford.
Johnson also expresses that he was most surprise by actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge and her performance as Lando’s droid companion, L3-37. He also mentions that she has perhaps the funniest moment in any Star Wars film.
Discourse over Johnson’s The Last Jedi has been interesting to say the least. His entry in the iconic saga has been deemed to be one of, if not the most polarizing film in the franchise’s history. Regardless of how you felt about his film, it is nice to see that he continues to express his love for the franchise despite certain fan backlash to his film.
Johnson is the latest Star Wars alum to praise the film. Mark Hamill and Billy Dee Williams were both present at the red carpet premiere, and both showered the film with praise. Despite the film’s tumultuous production, it seems that Ron Howard and company have steered the Falcon into the right direction.
Here is the synopsis for Solo: A Star Wars Story:
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is scheduled for a May 25, 2018 release. The film’s cast includes Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Ian Kenny, Warwick Davis, and Jon Favreau.