'Solo: A Star Wars Story' touches down in Cannes

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It is a world reminiscent of the grimiest parts of Blade Runner, filled with grey colours and heavy rain.

They'll soon meet up with the man Beckett is working for, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), and encounter Han's old friend from Corellia, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) before taking off on a unsafe smuggling mission. "If only Solo and Qi'ra had a fraction of that chemistry".

Although the end result will not likely find itself occupying an upper berth in the Star Wars movie pantheon, there's enough here to satisfy the fan base and give Disney a very strong turnout (it received its Cannes premiere on Tuesday) when it opens. Woody Harrelson is the legendary career criminal Tobias Beckett, a charming and duplicitous sort who warns Han to never trust anyone, ever. The action sequences are the standard Star Wars fair, which is certainly not a bad thing. The decision to explore Lando's story is the right one, and not a surprising one. But, during production, the guys who made The Lego Movie were fired and replaced by the guy who made The Da Vinci Code - and Ron Howard, for all his merits, is not known for his radical film-making.

I keep harping about "fun" but that's what Solo has that Rogue One and even most of The Last Jedi were lacking.

The Hollywood Reporter says, "Obviously, the person with the most to prove here is Ehrenreich, who previously managed to steal a few scenes of his own as aw-shucks cowboy actor Hobie Doyle in the Coen brothers' Hail, Caesar!".

UPDATED 11:38 a.m. ET: It turns out Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian isn't getting his own film after all.

If you were to pitch a Han Solo spin-off that takes place ahead of Episode IV, just what do you think it would cover? It might arguably succeed in teeing up the cinematic narrative that would change movies forever.

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The Star Wars Saga was meant to be a series of nine films chronicling the rebel alliance as they try to defeat the Empire.

Ron Howard's standalone Han Solo origin story is now scoring 67 on reviews aggregate website Metacritic (based on 31 reviews so far). Phoebe Waller-Bridge has an entertaining voice role as Spartacist droid L3-37.

The reason? According to a source, "Ron wanted to go back to the spirit of the original trilogy, while Phil and Chris were looking forward to something new, more like Guardians Of The Galaxy". Ultimately, she isn't given enough to do.

"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.

So it would have been a miracle if the movie even turned out to be half-decent. 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.

"It's no spoiler to say that the Atlanta star is easily the best thing in this good-not-great movie".

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