Ticking off a checklist that could have been written by fans, it introduces the twentysomething Han (Alden Ehrenreich); it has his Wookiee pal Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) learning to play holographic chess; it has the flamboyant Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) cheating at cards and swishing his cape; and it has all of them climbing aboard the Millennium Falcon to attempt the legendary feat of astro-piloting which Han mentioned in the first Star Wars film: the Kessel Run. "My dad imprinted me with this kind of Star Wars longing, because it does feel like the Bible to me in a lot of ways".
Granted, there was about only 15 minutes left in the movie, but it felt like an eternity. But never for a "Star Wars" movie. I devoured everything I could about this character even though those books really didn't give us much insight on his past. 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. While Star Wars fans think they know how Han and Chewbacca met, they're still in for a few surprises. He's a lightweight, but you can project the older Han on him, which is more than half the battle. The worst piece is the use of the words "mean streets" in describing the planet Solo grew up on.
Variety clears the air from the start, no doubt to the great relief of everyone who's followed Solo's lengthy and tortuous development, including the now-infamous swap-out of Howard to replace original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. However, this story also focuses on those in the grey areas looking to make a quick buck. Director of Photography Bradford Young explained what the film is abou, and added that the film had to look "natural".
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. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag, has great fun as L3, a robot who yearns for autonomy in a delightful echo of Bender from Futurama. And Ehrenreich actually pulls off playing Solo, not so much by doing his best Harrison Ford impression, but instead showing us a different side of the character. But he is ultimately sent down the path that will take him back to Qi'ra and into the lives of new friends along the way. With Disney now in charge of the beloved property, we've seen three consecutive box office and critical successes. Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay. Han wants to leave with his girlfriend, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), but is essentially enslaved by his leader, Lady Proxima (Linda Hunt). It certainly is going to make an uproar when general audiences see the movie, primarily because it feels so blatantly force fed.
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Fan Score: 57 percent.
Alden Ehrenreich is receiving plenty of plaudits for his performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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 man who took the job, Alden Ehrenreich, does not look or sound like Ford, and it's hard to adjust at the beginning.