"Solo: A Star Wars Story" has some great moments, but as a whole is a flawed movie.
"A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door". The final result is a fairly entertaining film that is nonetheless completely middle-of-the-road.
"You look good, a little rougher on the edges, but you look very good": that is the compliment that the handsome Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) pays Han - very apt indeed - when the two meet a few years after they are separated in a bid to escape from the "mean streets" of a fascist, lawless planet in "a galaxy far, far away".
Solo: A Star Wars Story has no such worries. Woody Harrelson is fine but unsurprising as Tobias Beckett, playing firmly into type here as the grizzled mentor and shady thief who takes Han under his wing. To placate Vos, they must get it from somewhere else. It's just a shame they didn't use the time to add an engaging plot. The action sequences are the standard Star Wars fair, which is certainly not a bad thing.
Nonetheless, the love story is surprisingly deep, featuring a sense of genuine chemistry between the two leads.
A Catch Me If You Can style Star Wars movie?
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Those flourishes - in a script from "Star Wars" scribe supreme Lawrence Kasdan and his son, Jonathan - include, but aren't limited to, Han's first meetings with Chewbacca (7-footer Joonas Suotamo) and Lando Calrissian, who Donald Glover plays with a devilish gleam in his eye. Han makes the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs! Ron Howard was born to direct it. A strong director with seemingly no outstanding personal traits, he is perfectly suited for safe studio movies, as he rarely brings anything new to the table.
Variety clears the air from the start, no doubt to the great relief of everyone who's followed Solo's lengthy and tortuous development, including the now-infamous swap-out of Howard to replace original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. 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. She believes that Lando has feelings for her, men and robots can definitely have sex, and even convinces other robots to rise up against their masters. Ultimately, she isn't given enough to do.
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) - Fan Score: 95 percent. Rolling Stone magazine's Peter Travers described the movie ride delivered by Solo as "mild, rather than wild", while The New York Times' A O Scott thought that although the film didn't take itself too seriously, "it also holds whatever irreverent, anarchic impulses it might possess in careful check". Every time a character says something that hints at a future catch phrase; every time there's a reference to an as-yet-unseen planet or a character who will show up later in the timeline; every time we get a glimpse of an iconic piece of equipment; every time there's an initial meeting between characters who will share a lifelong connection - we smile and nod and maybe even clap a little, because we know EXACTLY how it's all going to play out. Check. Much like the previous side-story that focused on the architectural flaw within the Death Star, this is a project that clearly had specific story beats that absolutely needed to be covered before production even began, and when they're introduced on screen, those moments are when Solo often feels a good deal more strained than is comfortable.