Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

Donald Glover plays the young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Some Storm Troopers even got involved at the event.

I'm not sure if it's Ehrenreich himself or the script that leaves him teetering on the edge of greatness but while he embodies some of Solo, he never quite makes the commitment all the way through. "While the movie ends in a way that's clearly created to prompt further sequels, we don't get that prequel X factor that makes us interested in a character arc whose outcome we already know".

As far as "Solo" is concerned, this dutiful excavation of Han Solo's early years performs all the necessary feats of fan service that viewers have come to expect from seemingly endless iterations of the series.

As rendered by the moodily attractive Alden Ehrenreich, who could have played a young Henry Hill in "Goodfellas", this Solo bears only a glancing resemblance to the gruff, irreverent flyboy whom Ford portrayed so winningly.

Harrison Ford left behind some sizable shoes, and Ehrenreich - making a stratospheric leap after his breakthrough role in "Hail, Caesar!" - initially struggles to fill them. It's also a corner of the Star Wars galaxy where slave labor, both human and cybernetic, is very much in effect.

SEE ALSO: 'Solo' is something new in Star Wars. Han's evolution in this movie is entirely superficial. We can tell that Han and Qi'ra are close, but the only thing that seems to link them is their past rather than any mutual affection or characteristic.

TV's dragon queen turned up the heat on the red carpet for the sci-fi movie's launch at the Cannes Film Festival last night. The characters are often similarly uninspired, despite the likes of Paul Bettany, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton doing their best with clunky, cliched dialogue. This is done under the auspices of a fearsome mega-power called the Crimson Dawn, and despite the constant interference of pirates with complicated intentions.

So without further ado, let's get it to it, shall we?

"Solo: A Star Wars Story commits to being a charming and fun exercise in repackaging nostalgia and pre-owned protagonists".

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Han Solo opens May 25.

But no amount of plot-twisting can obscure the real draw of the movie.

"I keep getting questions as to whether #MeToo is dying down". Like: how did Han and Chewie become such natural partners? Biggest of all: why is he the way he is? It's hard to say what really results from these corporate winks at global inequality, but they will doubtlessly date the new Star Wars films more conspicuously than any hairdo or hemline from Lucas's original trilogy.

But, hey: At least we're looking at an overlong good movie, and not an overlong bad one. Even Rogue One, one of the worst Star Wars films in years, felt like a self-contained, well-intentioned story with something on its mind.

Many of them will bring smiles to the faces of fans, such as an exchange that ends with the answer "I know" and a gunfight that makes you wonder who shot first.

Maybe that's vague praise.

Speaking of Glover, it's no spoiler to say that the Atlanta star is easily the best thing in this good-not-great movie.

That grayness, thankfully, does not extend to Solo's tone. But it's Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian and his droid compatriot L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Amazon's "Fleabag") who will become instant fan favorites from the supporting players. -Most Valuable Supporting Player-in brand-name franchises lately.

"You think a lead in a movie is going to be a weak woman?". It's a poignant, intriguing-enough buried subplot that I nearly wished Qi'ra were the star of her own story.

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