Rian Johnson Wrote A Long, Hilarious Review Of Solo: A Star Wars Story

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This month is a very exciting one for nerdy cinephiles out there. While Infinity War is in its third weekend at the box office, it'll be followed up by both Deadpool 2 and Solo: A Star Wars Story. The latter is the beloved space opera's second attempt at a standalone film, and will help expand the galaxy far, far away. While there are still a few weeks to wait until Solo arrives in theaters, early screeners have started to air around the country. Star Wars: The Last Jedi director Rian Johnson attended the film's premiere, and took to his Instagram story to share his hilarious thoughts on the new blockbuster. And it looks like there's one character in particular that we should pay attention to: Lando's droid L3-37, played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

The movie was great, that's the important thing. Donald Glover is great in it, but duh. Alden is terrific, he's not doing a Harrison Ford impersonation, but he brings his own charm and swagger to the character. The big surprise for me was Phoebe Waller-Bridge who has a few of the funniest moments I've ever seen in a Star Wars movie. I had never watched Fleabag (I know I need to watch it- I'm loving Killing Eve but she's not in that, she only write it) so it was a pleasant surprise. The action scenes are great, true.

Wow. While completely spoiler free (thanks, buddy) Rian Johnson was able to highlight some of the greatest moments from Ron Howard's Star Wars standalone film. While anticipation for Donald Glover's Lando is already at an all-time high, Johnson also highlighted the film's star, as well as pointing out who the scene stealer of Solo will ultimately be: the new droid.

Rian Johnson's Instagram story is sure to be a relief for some Star Wars fans who were nervous about the contents of Solo. While Donald Glover was expected to be his charming self as Lando Calrissian, there have been some negative rumors around Alden Ehrenreich's performance as the title character. Luckily Johnson seemingly helps to quell those fears.

Of course, Rian Johnson is aware he's not exactly a trustworthy choice. Because even if he hated Solo, he wouldn't be able to be honest about it. The Last Jedi director has a trilogy of new movies coming down the line, and he's not going to want to piss off his employer. As he posted later on Instagram,

But who's going to read this and take me seriously? I'd like to think I'll still be honest, but it's not like you're coming to my Instagram story for hard edged film criticism on a Star Wars.

Say what you want about Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Rian Johnson really does seem like a cool guy. He's self-aware enough to get in front of backlash on his review, and is aware that he can't exactly be 100 percent honest.

Solo: A Star Wars Story will arrive in theaters on May 25th. In the meantime, check out our 2018 release list to plan your next trip to the movies.

Corey Chichizola
Movies Editor

Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBlend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his favorite actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.