Solo: A Star Wars Story director Ron Howard takes the time off to catch Star Wars: The Last Jedi and based on his latest social media reaction, it appears that he liked the movie. We might be wrapped up with what goes down in the Rian Johnson-directed movie, but in just five months, another Star Wars film is set to debut. One that has more pressure to succeed on considering all the bad publicity and the seemingly insurmountable task at hand to introduce a new Han Solo that is not Harrison Ford.
Howard took over the troubled Solo movie starring Alden Ehrenreich back in the summer, with only three weeks left of principal photography. He replaced original helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who, reportedly, did not get along with Lucasfilm big shots like Kathleen Kennedy and Lawrence Kasdan. Since then, it appears that the production has been smooth sailing - even though it seemed that Howard reshot a great deal of the movie - with filming already finished and all work is now moved to in the editing room.
The veteran filmmaker took it to his official Twitter account to congratulate everyone involved in The Last Jedi for a job well done. Johnson, in response to his fellow Star Wars filmmaker, expressed gratitude by tweeting Howard back. Check out their social media exchange below.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) December 20, 2017
Thanks Ron!! ❤️❤️
— Rian Johnson (@rianjohnson) December 20, 2017
As most of the world knows by now, not everyone agrees with Howard's review of the film. The Last Jedi is going down as the most divisive Star Wars film when it comes to audience and critical reception. It has spawned countless conversations among die-hards who have different views of the sequel. Some liked that Johnson took the chance, pushing the sequel trilogy's narrative in an entirely different direction that arguably none expected. And coming on the heels of The Force Awakens/A New Hope rehash backlash, the boldness is greatly appreciated. However, a good part of the fan community believes that the Looper filmmaker took it too far when it comes to deviating from the established lore with changes that were too extreme. Some of them are even petitioning for The Last Jedi to be removed from official canon. Despite this, Johnson is taking the situation head-on with a positive outlook.
Coming out from a Star Wars as controversial as The Last Jedi, it will be interesting how the audiences react to Solo: A Star Wars Story, if this experience ever has an effect on how they perceive the upcoming standalone. Not that Episode VIII is downright bad, but the kind of dialog that we're currently having about the sequel will definitely add pressure for the anthology movie to deliver a film that tackles one of the most iconic Star Wars characters of all time.
Source: Ron Howard
- Star Wars 8/Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017) release date: Dec 15, 2017
- Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) release date: May 25, 2018
- Star Wars 9 / Star Wars: Episode IX (2019) release date: Dec 20, 2019