Solo: A Star Wars Story Theatrical Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story Theatrical Review

I won't spoil where it goes from there, but rest assured numerous plot beats are easy to predict if you're at all familiar with Star Wars lore, though the movie does indeed save a couple of big surprises for its third act. The Disney studios hired and later fired the original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller as they were not happy with the director duo's scheme of things.

On the other hand, no franchise rakes in more than $42 billion, as Star Wars is estimated to have done since 1977, without being able to keep a good thing going. There's even a Lando Calrissian from the original trilogy.

The film is set to hit theaters May 25. "Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next".

We're also beginning to get our first impressions of whether Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan's Solo story - the topic of much speculation and debate amid Disney and Lucasfilm's tightly controlled spoiler checks - holds up to the high standard set by the first standalone Star Wars film, 2016's Gareth Edwards-directed Rogue One.

The beauty portrays interstellar criminal Val in director Ron Howard's new Han Solo spin-off, Solo: A Star Wars Story, and she donned a stellar couture Vivienne Westwood dress to attend the screening on the French Riviera. Although no character is so precious that they can't break from the actor who made them memorable - even Indiana Jones had two younger versions of himself - it's still not an enviable position to be in. Harrison Ford was always the ideal person to play Solo: an actor who didn't really want the gig that bad in the first place and thought the whole thing was stupid.

Solo: A Star Wars Story Theatrical Review

The Guardian said the actor "absolutely crushes the role to powder, swaggeringly reviving the memory of the young Harrison Ford's romantic gallantry". Howard and the Kasdans play the series game without ever raising the stakes, defaulting to boring and dutiful when they might have blasted off into creative anarchy. It does not have an opening crawl or a score by John Williams.

In hindsight, tackling such a beloved character - 41 years to the day after "Star Wars'" introduction with "A New Hope" - presented an especially daunting task, inviting sky-high expectations. (Photo by AP) Joonas Suotamo and a person dressed as the character Chewbacca pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story. Han Solo. Luke Skywalker. He's got a bunch of unexplained scars, a vague eccentricity and no menace. We first meet young Solo on the squalid planet Correllia, a society of runaways and ne'er-do-wells.

That doesn't mean Kenobi isn't happening. Solo is about the events that shaped him into a smuggling scoundrel. It's a narrative that is consistently being lurched unnaturally from point to point in order to cover every single facet of Han Solo, most of which is already implicit or unnecessary. Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian seems a bit of a cosplay casting choice.

The cast also gets plenty of praise from Variety, as does the story's "moments of real grit and something approaching interstellar realism amid all of the expectedly topnotch VFX". When "Solo" manages to come to crackling life, it's thanks to a droid called L3-37, voiced with irrepressible wit and gusto by the brilliant British screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Most importantly, Han has his first encounter with the prototypical Allied resistance against the Empire.

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