Solo: A Star Wars Story

Social Media Reaction to “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Washington Post says Star Wars standalone is "A humorous, charming thrill ride..."

Possible spoilers ahead for Solo: A Star Wars story…

Back in December, during my first go-around of reporting reactions to a Star Wars movie, I remarked about the number of disparate sources my news feed fed me as I searched high and low for hot takes.

We’re in that territory again, as The Washington Post collected a number of social media missives post-premiere and pronounced Solo: A Star Wars Story “A humorous, charming thrill ride.”

The Post’s Michael Cavna — who previously posted “How The Last Jedi became the most divisive Star Wars movie yet” — wrote that Solo’s filmmakers “can now exhale deeply with relief.”

While full reviews remain embargoed until Tuesday, Cavna reported:

Some early viewers, including IndieWire’s Kate Erbland and Uproxx’s Mike Ryan, tweeted to reassure that Ehrenreich eventually finds his footing… Other first-lookers — including Mashable’s Angie J. Han and Yahoo Entertainment’s Kevin Polowy — had praise, too, for Ehrenreich’s co-stars Thandie Newton (who plays Val) and Phoebe Waller-Bridge (as the droid L3), as well as Donald Glover, who inherits Billy Dee Williams’s Lando Calrissian role… [Meanwhile] Film journalist Simon Thompson said that he went into the film with concerns but that they were “totally laid to rest,” thanks in part to the high-octane film’s laughs and emotional levels.

However, Cavna cited some subdued murmurs, particularly from one of this space’s favorites, which wondered aloud about the necessity of this story.

However, and this fine Washington Post report aside, there were only two reviews I needed to help set the tone and expectations for my upcoming viewing – one each from the “Star Wards”:

Then Amanda and Jason joined Steele Saunders, Sal Perales & crew post-premiere:

May 24 can’t come quick enough for this nerd. JB


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John Bishop

A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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