Why You Shouldn’t Trust Early Reactions From “Solo: A Star Wars Story”

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Lucasfilm)

The early initial reactions for “Solo: A Star Wars Story” are positive.

Apparently, plenty of people really like this movie.

Color me surprised.

What’s more, we’re not just talking about rabid fans. Lucasfilm is aware of how much of an uphill struggle it’ll be to convince people that this movie is good, so they’ve been showing it to professional critics to try to generate some goodwill.

The comments are not what I’d been expecting at all.

Huh. Turns out this movie is great. Who could have expected that?

Or, at least, it turns out that professional critics think the movie is great.

Don’t Get Your Hopes Up Yet

I’m not necessarily saying that these voices are untrustworthy. I’m not going to be the guy who naysays constantly and sucks all the fun out of this.

(At least, not today.)

What I do urge, though, is caution. Don’t necessarily go into this thinking that just because the earliest reports are positive, it means that the movie is fantastic.

After all, critics by and large love “The Last Jedi”, and we all remember how mixed the reception for that movie became once things were opened up.

“Star Wars” is a difficult brand to gauge. It’s like pizza – even when it’s at its worst, it’s still pretty great.

Thus, when a critic has fun in a “Star Wars” movie, that’s understandable. It’s “Star Wars”.

Even so, there are a few more negative (or at least hesitant) comments among these early reactions than I’d like. Apparently, this is far from universally beloved.

Apparently, the movie starts slow and takes a while to find its feet. Who’d have guessed that the part of the Han Solo origin story where the character isn’t in the Millenium Falcon would feel a bit lackluster?

I’m not saying that this movie is going to be terrible.

I’m just eager to see how a wider audience dissects it. “Star Wars” fans are known for their nitpicking.

I’m also well aware that, sometimes, Disney’s “Star Wars” movies can be reviewed favorably at the time, but get quickly forgotten. Remember when “Rogue One” felt like a big deal, and then six months later, stopped being worth mentioning?

I’m interested to see the lasting legacy of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. I want to know how this film will hold up in the future.

Above all, though, I just want to make sure I don’t go into this film expecting a triumph of sci-fi cinema. I get the feeling that part of the reason why these critics are having so much fun with “Solo” is because they’re pleasantly surprised that it’s not garbage.

Perhaps, though, this film is going to be a surprise hit.

She might not look like much, but apparently, she’s got it where it counts!