The critics have spoken, and director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story has been given the seal of approval on review site Rotten Tomatoes.
It has been a rocky road to get Solo to where it is today, but after the replacement of Phil Lord and Chris Miller as directors, Howard has steered the anthology spinoff to the big screen. So, how does Alden Ehrenreich fare as the notorious nerf herder?
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According to the review aggregator site, Solo: A Star Wars Story has earned a respectable 73 percent rating from the critics. However, Solo isn’t yet “Certified Fresh,” which requires at least 80 reviews of 75 percent or higher. Given that the movie’s score has already risen from 71 percent to 73 percent overnight, there is every chance it could still get there.
The general public still hasn’t had its say, and as the likes of last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi show, critics and fans can have polar-opposite opinions about what ticks the boxes for a Star Wars movie. That being said, The Last Jedi seemed to be an anomaly when it comes to Rotten Tomatoes, with the rest of the franchise’s movies normally coming to a consensus among audiences and critics.
With Solo earning mixed reviews, it can’t claim the title of the top-rated Star Wars movie, which still belongs to 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back. However, Solo still beats the likes of The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones, which sit at 55 percent and 66 percent, respectively.
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Donald Glover’s performance as Lando Calrissian and Howard’s impressive action sequences have garnered praise for Solo. Also, while Ehrenreich is no Harrison Ford, fears about his acting ability seem to have been blown out of proportion.
Opening May 25 nationwide, director Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. They’re joined by Thandie Newton as Val, Phoebe Waller-Bridge L3-37, Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos, and Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett.