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The First Reactions to 'Solo' Are In, And We Don't Have to Be So Worried After All

People are loving Alden Ehrenreich.
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There were a few reasons to worry about Solo: A Star Wars Story. Like Rogue One before it, creative differences within the production process resulted in extensive reshoots (although it must be said: Rogue One turned out great. In the case of Solo, though, they even had to swap directors midway, parting with 21 Jump Street's Phil Lord and Chris Miller to enlist Ron Howard, whose reshoots of Solo are said to comprise 70 percent of the final cut.

There's also matter of Alden Ehrenreich, who many feared would not be able to live up to Harrison Ford's ownership of the character—or perhaps that Ford owned the character so well that no one would ever be able to wrest it from him.

It seemed like the only thing that was unanimously exciting about the film was Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian. (Okay, Emilia Clarke too. Definitely.)

But just hours ago, after the film's world premiere in Los Angeles, first reactions to the film have begun to surface. (Full reviews have been embargoed until May 15 in the States, and the movie drops May 23 here in the Philippines). Based on these initial reactions, it seems all our worries were for naught. Audiences loved it, and are especially enthusiastic about the film's treatment of the heist genre, as well as Alden Ehrenreich's Han Solo. We'll let them speak for themselves:

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There's Collider's Perri Nemirof:

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Rotten Tomatoes' editor-in-chief, Joel Meares:

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Yahoo correspondent Kevin Polowy:

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IGN's Jackie Jing:

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IndieWire's Film Editor Kate Erbland:

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Nerdist's Michelle Buchman:

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Mashable's deputy entertainment editor, Angie Han:

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TheWrap's Umberto Gonzales:

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Variety's Christopher Tapley:

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Freelance entertainment journalist Simon Thompson:

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IGN's Terri Schwartz:

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ScreenRant's Rob Keyes:

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Catch Solo: A Star Wars Story when it hits theaters in the Philippines on May 23, 2018.

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