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

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

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

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. Best of all, the movie is different. This is the first Star Wars movie where it hasn't felt like it's being crushed by the portentous weight of what's to come.

"It doesn't take itself too seriously, but it also holds whatever irreverent, anarchic impulses it might possess in careful check".

Han's former girlfriend Qi'ra resurfaces and joins the team, but her story is complicated and her loyalties are divided.

Solo: A Star Wars Story makes the jump to light speed in a high-octane adventure that navigates the perils of a dark and risky criminal underworld, forges new friendships that will last a lifetime, and reveals untold secrets from the hidden past of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.

"Solo isn't, nor shouldn't be, a wise-cracking joke. But there's a problem with the character that suffuses the whole movie and makes it less than the sum of its parts".

This is a prequel as a space Western summer movie, entertaining as hell but not particularly deep.

"That's the way much of Solo goes". The Millennium Falcon coming into his possession? Listen closely, they're talking about Tatooine!

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

Andrew Barker, Variety: "It's hard to think of many characters from the last 45 years of American filmmaking less in need of an introduction than Harrison Ford's Han Solo, but Howard's film spends an undue amount of its early-going running through the origin story liturgy anyway". A strong cast and the beginnings of a compelling story are wasted by what is, whichever director or directors is responsible, some of the worst filmmaking in Star Wars history.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crackingly enjoyable adventure which frankly deserves full episode status in the great franchise, not just one of these intermittent place-holding iterations". After all, the current era's Disney/Marvel/Lucasfilm/DC studio blockbusters bear less resemblance each summer to actual narratives and more to product demos made of nothing but digital trade-show razzle dazzle. "But in both substance and execution, it bears but a whisper of the revolution to come".

Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian better start preparing for his closeup. If you heard Han or Lando mention something of their backstory in A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back, you're gonna see it played out here, but it's more a function of the story rather than the point.

U.S. trade publication Variety said: "The most important thing to note about Solo: A Star Wars Story is that, in spite of its widely-publicised behind-the-scenes turmoil, culminating with the replacement of directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller with Ron Howard several months into shooting, the film is not the disaster its production history might suggest".

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