Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Culture | By Wayne Carr

'Lando' Movie in the Works, Says Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy

'Lando' Movie in the Works, Says Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy

And if Han has forgotten all about them by the time he hooks up with Luke and Leia, then why should we try to remember them? This latest movie introduces us to the backstory of one of our favorite characters - Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich ; Beautiful Creatures).

"This is attractive", Emilia Clarke (Qi'ra) said in the video, presumably referring to the stunning costumes. Han needs money not only to return and rescue Qi'ra, but also to buy himself a ship.

The initial reviews of Solo: A Star Wars Story are out and if they prove one thing, it is that Donald Glover is the new king of pop culture. Which, admittedly, aren't many, even with Donald Glover reprising Billy Dee Williams' caped mantle as Lando Calrissian.

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. Given that the movie's score has already risen from 71 percent to 73 percent overnight, there is every chance it could still get there. "And while that means the story lacks the depth some might crave, it still offers plenty of fun, and (impressively for a prequel) the odd surprise along the way".

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Bryan Bishop, The Verge: "But Solo succeeds because it's not interested in just being a greatest-hits mixtape". Unfortunately, much of the rest of the cast makes less of an impression.

Emilia Clarke was interviewed at Cannes Film Festival on Tuesday as part of the Kering Women in Motion talks and expressed exasperation with the trend of calling female characters "strong". Harrelson does a great job and Glover is a standout amongst a truly talented group.

With Solo earning mixed reviews, it can't claim the title of the top-rated Star Wars movie, which still belongs to 1980's The Empire Strikes Back. The creatures are intricate and detailed but one would expect no less from this franchise (especially after the CGI gaffs that were made in the 1990's).

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It's also episodic. To be generous, you could say that the choppy structure is true to the roots of Star Wars as an homage to such cliff-hanging Saturday matinees as Buck Rogers and Flash Gordon. There is a lot of fancy flying and gun fighting but not really a lightsaber to be found.

The next "Star Wars" film is slated to be 2019′s "Episode IX".

Yes, Solo: A Star Wars Story is fast-paced, even perhaps breathless, and zips around in its inter-galactic orbit with what feels like reckless glee, creating just the kind of atmosphere that the young, unflappable hero needs in order to thrive and grow.

The man who took the job, Alden Ehrenreich, does not look or sound like Ford, and it's hard to adjust at the beginning. For a film that is constantly nudging us in the ribs with allusions to the original Star Wars trilogy, it does Solo few favors to bring to mind the incendiary interplay between Ford and Carrie Fisher that gave those films so many of their standout moments.

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