Solo film brings Star Wars back to Cannes

17 May, 2018, 00:39 | Author: Rita Burton
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Donald Glover is a scene-stealer as the young Lando Calrissian in "Solo: A Star Wars Story". Perhaps it would have been different if Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had directed Solo, as they were initially hired to do.

Despite a troubled production, which included the firing of the movie's original directors and extensive re-shoots, director Ron Howard's finished product appears to have avoided potential disaster.

"We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian", was the original translation that was reported.

The film is set to hit theaters May 25. And where did he get his blaster? Her comment should have read, "We would love to tell a story about Lando Calrissian one day, but it's not relevant", Premiere wrote.

Jon Favreau amiably voices the crew's sight gag crewmate Rio, while Paul Bettany does what he can with one-note bad guy Dryden Vos. To mix franchises, it's Star Wars, Han, but not quite as we know it. Besides, who wants to see anyone but old wonky-lips himself, Harrison Ford, at the controls of the Millennium Falcon as Solo?

In a two-and-a-half star review, he calls it "thinly-sketched", says it's "hobbled early by a herky-jerky start", and says the creative team "defaults to tiresome and dutiful when they might have blasted off into creative anarchy".

Each episode in the Skywalker saga begins with the signature opening crawl- scrolling text that sets the events in motion before disappearing into the horizon of space as John Williams' main title theme blares in the background.

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Solo: A Star Wars Story might be the tenth movie in the Star Wars franchise, but it feels like the first film in the series that isn't essential to the franchise's mythology.

Jim Vejvoda, IGM: "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". It gets to the point when you're waiting for a stormtrooper to march in and said, "Sorry, sir, but Milton has just stolen an escape pod, and he's heading for Tattooine with Yeats and Oscar Wilde!"

EHRENREICH: (As Han Solo) You look great.

EW: What you're really left with, apart from a yearning for the young Ford at his most cavalier, is a slightly fuller and more rounded understanding of who Han Solo is - where he came from, what makes him tick, and how he'd much prefer to shower alone than with a Wookiee.

If there's one takeaway from "Solo: A Star Wars Story", it's that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia. That's a youthful Han Solo sitting down to gamble.

Many people also like the cast especially Donald Glover who plays the character of Lando Carlrissian. Lando is also a beloved character who has been rumored to be getting his own film before and even has his own comic book line with Marvel. When "Solo" manages to come to crackling life, it's thanks to a droid called L3-37, voiced with irrepressible wit and gusto by the brilliant British screenwriter Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

On the other hand, no franchise rakes in more than $42 billion without being able to keep a good thing going.


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