'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Early Buzz: A Fun Heist Movie, But Donald Glover Steals The Show

Every Star Wars movie is undoubtedly an event, but Solo: A Star Wars Story can't help but feel different from everything that has come before. Sure, it's another prequel (and we all remember those), but it takes a beloved character from the original trilogy, recasts him with a fresh-faced young actor, and offers up an origin story. Sure, the Star Wars name is going to pack theaters, but do people want a young Han Solo movie? And can Lucasfilm pull it off in a way that makes people care?

Well, Solo: A Star Wars Story has started screening and the first reactions have hit the internet.

Solo Early Buzz

The first reactions are almost entirely positive, with critics calling special attention to the film's "ground level" crime setting and Donald Glover's show-stealing turn as Lando Calrissian. Some note that the film takes about 30 minutes to really get going and it takes a little while to accept a new actor as Han Solo, but the parts eventually click into place.

Here's the official synopsis for Solo:

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 befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets 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 hits theaters on May 25, 2018. Ron Howard directs a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Donald GloverEmilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Joonas Suotamo, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.