Solo: A Star Wars Story Theatrical Review

16 May, 2018, 21:20 | Author: Cecil Buchanan
  • Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian will be the focus of the next Star Wars Story film

The actress, who has a prominent role in "Solo: A Star Wars Story", said the topic "doesn't even bear having a conversation" and asked journalists and publications alike to "please" give up using the word "strong" to describe a female lead.

Granted, there was about only 15 minutes left in the movie, but it felt like an eternity. You can bet we'll make it to the theater in less than 12 parsecs when the next entry in the Star Wars canon takes off May 25.

Jason Guerrasio of Business Insider said, "Solo is not an very bad movie, it just has a few terrible parts that feel uninspired". Howard seems particularly attuned to these humanizing details, even if he can't do anything about the general treatment of the movie's female characters.

If you were to pitch a Han Solo spin-off that takes place ahead of Episode IV, just what do you think it would cover?

There are thrilling action sequences, cinematographer Bradford Young ("Arrival") gives the movie a attractive look, there are fantastic performances by Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Donald Glover completely knocks it out of the park as Lando Calrissian. The Kessel Run actually felt like something that needed to be dramatised, and Ron Howard does a really good job of making it a truly legendary mission. What he wants to do more than anything else is fly, and as "Solo" opens, he's in the process of stealing a precious fuel called coaxium, which he plans to sell on the black market to buy a ship of his own.

That's certainly not my only issue with the movie. An opening text note informs us that "it is a lawless time" in the galaxy far, far away, which means anything could happen and does, which makes for a nice change from the usual "blowing up the Death Star" routine.

"Solo" was a notoriously troubled production, with its original directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller - best known for the cheeky "Lego Movie" - being replaced midstream by Ron Howard.

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Young's photography goes from smoky original "Blade Runner" vibe in the beginning to wide epic shots by the end.

At the Cannes premiere, Thandie posed with Donald Glover - who plays a young version of Lando Calrissian - before standing on the iconic red carpeted stairs with the cast, including Chewbacca. This is best represented by L3 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Lando's impassioned droid who has ideas far above that of a normal robot. While there has not been any confirmation yet, he says he already knows where the character will be headed. This is how Solo was before the galaxy chewed up all the youthful optimism he had about life and spit him back out. Eventually you do, and the talented Ehrenreich wins you over with his execution, capturing Han's spirit, his sarcasm, egotism and charm with apparent ease.

Good but not great, if you are a Star Wars fan you should probably go and see it regardless of what critics say.

But this is now the fourth Star Wars-related movie in less than three years.

But my fear is "Solo" shows signs that Disney/Lucasfilm are hitting a point where the beloved "Star Wars" universe could be headed to a watered-down moment.

Yes, Solo: A Star Wars Story is fast-paced, even perhaps breathless, and zips around in its inter-galactic orbit with what feels like reckless glee, creating just the kind of atmosphere that the young, unflappable hero needs in order to thrive and grow. Thandie's stylist Erin Walsh explained how the gown came about in a post on Instagram, revealing the 45-year-old wanted to celebrate the diversity of the sci-fi franchise and her landmark casting in the new film.

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