At Thursday's premiere, audience members cheered at key moments such as when Han meets his eventual co-pilot Chewbacca, takes control of the Falcon for the first time, and comes face-to-face with fellow smuggler Lando Calrissian, portrayed by Glover. As the night wound down, most seemed to unanimously agree that the film was better than they expected it would be, though far from a franchise high.
While many other characters have made cameos in Star Wars films that tells stories before the original trilogy, the franchise has stayed away from showing Solo as a younger man. They could show a youthful Ben Solo we suppose, but that would be tricky without having Han Solo, Leia or Luke around as well. Hmm...
Solo's Wookiee companion Chewbacca is played by six foot 10 inch (2.08-meter) Finnish basketball player Joonas Suotamo who took over from Peter Mayhew, starting with "The Force Awakens" (2015).
Laughing, Glover added: "He taught me a valuable lesson: don't overthink this, just be cool".
Jacki Jing said she was "completely floored" by Solo, saying it had her on the edge of her seat.
The word "fun" is used by Mike Ryan, senior entertainment writer at Uproxx, too.
The Disney-owned Lucasfilm delighted fans in April with a sneak peak of the first meeting between Alden Ehrenreich's young Solo and Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian.
However, once the film gets going, there was lots of praise for its mix of action, comedy, and drama. It's quite possible therefore to have characters come across some of the more famous saga heroes.