[REVIEW] 'Solo: A Star Wars Story' gets a solid "Meh".


"Its performances, starting with Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo and extending to the film-stealing Donald Glover as his wily frenemy Lando Calrissian, are consistently entertaining". It makes sense as Han Solo, if any character, was the cowboy-esque rogue of the original series to the more samurai-like Luke Skywalker. "It just explains how he got his stuff".

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With the assist of Google Translate, here's a rough translation of what she said: "There are still many stories to be told about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next".

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Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian: "And Han also chances across a charismatic dandy-ish smuggler, gambler and flier called Lando Calrissian, a very amusing performance from Donald Glover". Han's Dickensian youth just doesn't carry as much weight as the storytellers might have imagined. The featurette starts off with a preview of Bradford Young's (Arrival) cinematography and the worlds that will be glimpsed in Solo. The film's one truly convincing turn comes from Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, a career criminal who serves as a dubious father figure to young Han. "She wanted to celebrate her role in the iconic history of the franchise!"

Thandie Newton may be a Solo star - but she's celebrating those who have come before her! Year later, he falls in with a tough crew of hustlers led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and they embark on a scheme to rob barrels of something risky for one Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany at his slipperiest) and his dodgy sky-bound cartel. Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) has layer upon layer of guise and you're never sure which is the real her. Can Han save her from this? "Missing here are the sort of plot-related or visual curveballs thrown by Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi or Gareth Edwards with Rogue One". Her bond with Lando in particular is both hilarious and daring and will surely provoke many conversations.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" has some great moments, but as a whole is a flawed movie. Even though the movie is not bereft of issues, mainly a long, unassuming first act, some characters not fully utilised, there are many positives to be taken going by the reviews. This is a Han Solo who wants to be loved even of he doesn't want to be liked, and when he puts his arm around the immortal Chewie it's tough not to go "aww". He captures the wry wit and gunslinger swagger, mirroring enough of Ford's mannerisms to be familiar yet he also manages to not simply be a mere mimic by lending the character a dopey sweetness and vulnerability not always evident in Ford's version. Fans of the original trilogy will relish the introduction at this point of Lando Calrissian, the first owner of the Millennium Falcon, here played by Donald Glover.

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This approach works for Marvel because it apes the nature of comic books, which constantly feature crossovers and elaborate word-building, but Star Wars has a different duty, and confusing things too much only serves to ostracize those who haven't understood every detail of this world. This latest movie introduces us to the backstory of one of our favorite characters - Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich ; Beautiful Creatures).

Even if there weren't all those great "Star Wars" movies in our past (aka the futures of these characters), based on this adventure alone, I'd be excited to know what's next for Han Solo.

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