It holds a 71% rating at Rotten Tomatoes with the consensus being, "A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theatre door."Here are a few stills for you to enjoy until the film his theatres". The harried escape sequence that opens the film, for example, with Han showing off his sweet piloting skills, only to be thwarted by his own cockiness, rolls along with visual pizzazz but no enthusiasm or energy - like a blast of lightning without the crack of thunder - and with audiences knowing the true payoff will come much later. Concern was stoked: What was the issue? Solo was born to get himself into and out of trouble, and fortunately his luck never seems to run out. This should have been a small and intimate comedy anchored purely by character-driven moments rather than spectacle, which is why Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired in the first place to direct this. Speaking to Esquire last month, Ehrenreich would only say: "From the first screen test on, we played around with [the approach] a lot. I think there was honestly a miscommunication in the artistic vision". The directing duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were canned over "creative differences", after filming was almost complete, but Lucasfilm didn't like what it was seeing.
Well, it turns out, all that Han-wringing was for naught.
As for Ehrenreich, who clearly had the harder job, he's more than up to the task of playing a charming thief and fast-talking rogue. One key element of his success: He doesn't appear to be trying to mimic the iconic tics and idiosyncrasies of Ford. We also meet two important characters from Han's past: his sketchy, gunslinging mentor, Tobias Beckett, and Qi'ra, unsafe Crimson Dawn lieutenant and the scoundrel's first love and childhood friend.
Not that Ehrenreich's approach isn't challenging to the viewer.
Unlike Justice League - which, like Solo, also lost its director at a dangerously late stage in production, and was essentially re-done by an expensive replacement - Solo feels more cohesive, more elegantly put together. The actor doesn't look or sound terribly much like Ford or his wry Solo. He has his own brand of understated charisma.
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Glover's charismatic Lando is the most memorable character and Waller-Bridge's L3-37 the funniest. "If I may risk sacrilege for the sake of accuracy". This is unfortunately quite a tedious film that does not give you a reason for its existence other than milking the Star Wars cash cow.
But it became a huge hit; scoring positive reviews and a $155 million debut weekend - going on to cross over $1bn worldwide.
Han Solo's handheld blaster pistol is often misunderstood to be some sort of laser gun, but this class of weapon in the Star Wars canon actually uses plasma energy. In other words, he's a walking spoiler alert.
The biggest problems critics find with the new addition to the "Star Wars" world are with the cramped and overplayed nature of Disney-run "Star Wars" and with Ehrenreich's performance as the main character. Then when we were told to form an orderly queue, something weird was noticeable: these people weren't Star Wars fans.