First reactions for Solo: A Star Wars Story call it 'a goddamn delight' and 'truly epic origin story'

The cast at the premiere.
The cast at the premiere. Photo credit: Getty

Early reactions to Star Wars spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story are in and they're mostly positive.

The movie, which stars Alden Ehrenriech as Han Solo, had its world premiere in Los Angeles on Thursday evening (local time).

Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany are also part of the cast for film, which is set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope.

Writer Adam Goldberg was overwhelming positive about the film, calling it funny and emotional.

"Yes, I live and breathe @starwars. I know with each new one, I say it's the greatest one ever," he said.

"But #Solo delivers in every way. Funny, suspenseful, emotional, a truly epic origin story. If this film doesn't make your heart happy, then just give up on watching movies."

Rob Keyes, editorial director at review site Screen Rant, compared the film to fellow Star Wars prequel Rogue One.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story is more of what I loved about Rogue One," he wrote. "[The] most real looking film in the franchise, and the best blaster actions scenes and vehicle chases."

But others were more reserved in their praise, with CinemaBlend events editor Eric Eisenberg calling it "fine".

"It's slow to find its footing, but picks up in the second act, and it's definitely fun," he said.  Has the occasional prequel problem answering questions I didn't need answers to, but also some fun references.

"Overall I liked it, didn't love it."

Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in New Zealand cinemas on May 24.