Solo - both the movie and this new iteration of Harrison Ford's classic character, now played by Alden Ehrenreich - skates by on charm, breezy irreverence, and a just-right degree of Star Wars fan service. Director of Photography Bradford Young explained what the film is abou, and added that the film had to look "natural". The news that Glover would get his own Star Wars spinoff, based on Lando Calrissian, who he plays in the Solo film, filled the internet with excitement. He's basically trapped in amber, and when he makes a significant decision, we're left scratching our heads as to why.
This is part of what makes "Solo: A Star Wars Story" so much fun. Ready? Time to lock the door - and hope they don't have blasters. What he has delivered is a Disney-fied, sub-Guardians of the Galaxy adventure: a lightly comic, family-friendly, action-packed, nigglingly sexist popcorn movie which isn't the worst Star Wars film, but which is the most inessential. "In fact, it's not even close". Nonetheless, the end-product has satisfied fans and movie critics.
There's a terrific ensemble cast-dynamic and an effortless channelling of the spirit of Episodes IV to VI from father-and-son screenwriting team Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan who should really be allowed to get their teeth into the stories' daddy issues and Freudian anxieties. I kind of wish this movie was titled, Han Solo and the Kessel Run, or whatever, and we just jumped into the action.
The Han here is a lot more hopeful; a lot more chipper.
I'm actually not surprised the score is so low as it follows the Disney Star Wars movies, which haven't been all that good, and it follows Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was simply terrible. This extended sequence calls to mind the westerns, serials, and World War II movies that all helped inspire George Lucas's original Star Wars. But while Ehrenreich's Solo proves adept at maneuvering the Millennium Falcon out of some tight spots, the picture itself follows a safely predictable course. "It's the very definition of "solid" and 'competent.' Nothing more, nothing less". But perhaps the most encouraging thing one can say about "Solo" is that unlike "Rogue One", it not only leaves room for a possible sequel to this prequel, but finishes strongly enough that such a prospect seems enticing.
The plot takes a bit too long to find its footing, not truly rousing to life until the beginning of its second act when Han encounters Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
A person dressed as the fuzzy Wookiee character joined the film's director Ron Howard and its stars Thandie Newton, Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany and Joonas Suotamo on the red carpet on Tuesday evening. Since that purchase, Disney has brought Star Wars back to the main folds of pop culture with The Force Awakens and even Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. But no matter: He's appealing anyway, and that's key to any pleasure you might draw from Ron Howard's wobbly foray into the Star Wars sidebar universe. During an interview with Premiere France, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy confirmed that Lando will be getting his own Star Wars Story, and it sounds like the project has vaulted to the top of the studio's priorities.
Like all "Star Wars" movies, there will be those who will absolutely love this movie, and there are certainly things to enjoy about it.