Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Laurence Reese

What are the critics saying about Solo

What are the critics saying about Solo

The movie has also been rumored to have major problems, with industry insiders even stating it's not any good. Glover instantly enlivens the movie, managing to simultaneously pay homage to Billy Dee Williams' characterization while mildly spoofing it.

Per the Red Carpet Fashion Awards, the custom Westwood gown uses the designer's "Absence of Roses" print overlayed with images of Newton's personal Star Wars figurines taken by Christian Hogstedt. And Ehrenreich knows just how to play him - with a sense of wide-eyed optimism slowly being eroded away by reality. 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. Ron Howard is Solo's credited director, but we all know he didn't start out that way, and I confess to spending the first little bit of Solo trying to spot the joints.

There are thrilling action sequences, cinematographer Bradford Young ("Arrival") gives the movie a lovely look, there are fantastic performances by Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, and Donald Glover completely knocks it out of the park as Lando Calrissian.

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Will Han be successful on the job, and make the Kessel Run?

But the main event is of course the meeting of Han and Chewie, at this stage 190 years old and condemned in this movie series to a Dorian-Gray-type eternal youth. The worst piece is the use of the words "mean streets" in describing the planet Solo grew up on. Personally, I think this is less the leftover effect of Chris Miller and Phil Lord's involvement in the movie as one-time directors, and more on eventual director Ron Howard's vanilla style.

Actress Emilia Clarke poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story in Cannes. In fact, the movie seems perfectly created to win back those who were upset by the visionary The Last Jedi's devastatingtwists and turns. Much has already been said about how cool Glover looks as Lando, and I can confirm that he does indeed end up providing some of the film's best moments. This is how Solo was before the galaxy chewed up all the youthful optimism he had about life and spit him back out. It felt very much like 2 hours and 23 minutes of a supporting character's filler storyline when it should have felt like a stand alone film. In teasing a potential villain path for Han's love interest in the movie, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), they bring back a character from the "Star Wars" saga that is a fan favorite, but is a freakish choice to be included in this story. Even as we start to see the vestiges of who Han Solo will become pile up-each one done for maximum audience cheers-the script by Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan gives us twists to the plot that feel like a proper heist movie.

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Star Wars: Attack of the Clones - 66%. Phoebe Waller-Bridge has an entertaining voice role as Spartacist droid L3-37.

Lucasfilm's "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is rated PG-13 and opens in US theaters on May 25, 2018.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" is the first entry in the "Star Wars" saga to focus entirely on character over outcome, and while that does lower the stakes a significant amount, it also allows for the movie to have a whole lot of fun with itself in a way that feels consistent with its overall tone.

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To this point, all the movies released so far since Disney took over Lucasfilm have been enormous money makers, so obviously the studio won't want to slow down.

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