'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Answers Questions You Might Not Have Asked

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And hopefully, with some lessons learned from this one, we will get to see a franchise that will eventually lead up to that meet up between Han Solo and Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan at the Mos Eisley cantina.

This was always going to be Han's origins story. Or how about, "How old is Chewbacca?"

It's sort of a shame movies can't just exist in a vacuum without the added baggage of often troubled productions or studio interference.

Woah! The Han Solo Rotten Tomatoes score is in, and it's not too good for a Star Wars or Disney movie! It sounds like the makings of one of those great stories that will undoubtably tug at the heart strings.

"I'm going to have a toy and everything". The film tells us how Han got to be called Solo, but for the most part he isn't alone at all.

Speaking of Luke, Emilia Clarke told Entertainment Tonight that her Thrones costar Kit Harington (Jon Snow) would be the flawless choice to play the young moisture farmer if he ever gets his own Solo-style reboot.

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The other minor detriment to my overall enjoyment of "Solo" is that the villain- or the character that turns out to be the villain, I won't ruin the specifics of that here- ended up feeling a little undercooked to me.

The answer to that burning question was happily "yes" Tuesday night at the Cannes Film Festival, as prequel spinoff saga Solo: A Star Wars Story had its world premiere in advance of its May 25 wide theatrical release. The same applies to Glover's interpretation of a younger Lando, who doesn't exactly become fast friends with Han but perhaps sees a little of himself in this arrogant up-and-comer. Ehrenreich is a gifted actor and possesses a rakishly appealing persona, but the character's inner darkness is only hinted at, as the story line of "Solo" progresses, and the betrayals and heartbreaks he endures come into focus. This can be used in your favor as a storyteller but instead it just made it hard to decide if I liked her or not.

The technical wizardry augments these scenes, as do the musical cues incorporated by composer John Powell, weaving in snippets of John Williams' earlier themes - most notably from "The Empire Strikes Back" - in a way that helps recapture the spirit of the original trilogy, at least during certain key moments. He looks good, can play the part but, if it went on any longer and it would have been on the borderline of becoming a caricature of the original character. L3-37 voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge added enough comic relief to counter the drama and I also found the character, Rio Durant, voiced by Jon Favreau to be very likable and memorable. He meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a bandit who is pretending to be a soldier, and with a newly acquainted Wookie named Chewbacca, they set out to perform missions for their dodgy boss, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). They'll probably cooperate. As sure as the tail lights on one of the gliders in the first big chase resemble the Ford Galaxie 500 from the rear, Howard's efficient, confident, slightly square direction does the job. Which makes sense if you are familiar with all the behind-the-scenes production troubles - all of it coming down to creative differences between Phil Lord and Chris Miller - the film's first directors - and Kathleen Kennedy, president of Lucasfilm.

Solo takes place years before the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

Ehrenreich "captures enough of Ford's genial swagger to earn Solo bragging rights", the review affirms - "even if the performance could have benefited from flashing a few fewer winks". Because the main objective wasn't clear you never really felt that there were high stakes.



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