Rian Johnson is used to critical praise, as seen with his films like Looper and Star Wars: The Last Jedi. However, the director has now shown fans that he can dish it out as well, especially when it comes to stories set a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.
Johnson has officially gone on the record, calling Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story "great" and "super fun," while also praising Alden Ehrenreich's portrayal of Han Solo as an original one, filled with "charm."
"Alden is terrific, he's not doing a Harrison Ford impersonation," he wrote in an Instagram story, "... but he brings his own charm and swagger to the character." Johnson also lauded the movie's action sequences, Donald Glover's performance as Lando Calrissian, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as Lando's robot sidekick, L3.
Many fans were concerned over whether Ehrenreich would be able to fill the space boots of Harrison Ford, especially after the drama that saw Phil Lord and Chris Miller replaced by Howard, and news that an acting coach had to be brought in for the lead.
However, early reception to the movie has been highly positive, with Solo expected to match Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's opening numbers at the box office. With Johnson's applause coming in, it's safe to say that just like Han, we now all have a really good feeling about the film.
Based on a script by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Michael K. Williams and Woody Harrelson. The film arrives May 25.
(via Entertainment Weekly)