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Han Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Reviews: Read Critics' First Reactions

Twitter reactions are in for the new Han Solo movie.

The first reactions to Solo: A Star Wars Story are in! The much-anticipated Star Wars spin-off hits theaters later this month, and although full reviews won't appear until next week, critics have had plenty of say about the film on Twitter.

The movie has had something of a troubled history. Original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were replaced by veteran filmmaker Ron Howard during production, with shooting stretching on for several months while Howard reportedly reshot much of their footage. As a result, many critics were a bit more cautious about what the end result would be like.

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For the most part, the reaction is very positive, if not quite the overwhelming advance praise that December's The Last Jedi received. Several critics commented that the movie is fairly slow to start--Uproxx's Mike Ryan described the first act as "hit and miss clunky," while IndieWire's Kate Erbland said it "takes a bit for it to find its feet."

However, once the film gets going, there was lots of praise for its mix of action, comedy, and drama. Gizmodo's Germain Lussier described it as "a non-stop adventure packed with way more emotion than you're expecting." Michelle Buchman of Nerdist agreed, stating that Solo was "a western [and a] caper. Funny with so much heart. It's got so much surprises that fans are going to love."

The movie's cast also received many positive reports. Star Alden Ehrenreich has the unenviable task of playing a role forever associated with Harrison Ford, but for the most part, critics agreed that he did a great job. Yahoo's Kevin Polowy descibed Ehrenreich as "super impressive," while Joel Meares from Rotten Tomatoes commented that the actor "has swagger to match, and spare."

However, not everyone was a big fan. While no one seemed to really dislike Solo, several critics were clearly a bit underwhelmed, and found the movie's references to other Star Wars films a bit grating. Wendy Lee Szany from TheMovieCouple said that some scenes "were a bit too on the nose for me." CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg agreed, stating that the movie "has the occasional prequel problem answering questions I didn't need answers to, but also some fun references. Overall I liked it, didn't love it"

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25. Check back on May 15 for GameSpot's full review.

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Dan Auty

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