To be honest, Solo feels like fan fiction. How do you portray one of Hollywood's most iconic performances with a completely different actor? The final result is a fairly entertaining film that is nonetheless completely middle-of-the-road. Ehrenreich has cannily adapted some of Ford's Solo-isms (the barroom swagger, the wink-and-smile combo), but he doesn't seem to understand the character. Everything started out dandy, but now they're scrambling to keep up with the demands of cranky fans, troublesome talent and truly insane annual release dates.
On the Rotten Tomatoes front, Solo actually finds itself pretty low on the Star Wars chart - only Attack of the Clones and The Phantom Menace have scored lower - but the official logline still promises a fast-paced adventure. In the trenches he meets rascally Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and his partner Val (Thandie Newton), who re-introduce him to a life of crime. They naturally get involved in all sorts of hijinks, before concluding with a bunch of hints as to the man Solo will eventually become. It's just a shame they didn't use the time to add an engaging plot. And although this was an unprecedented shakeup for the Star Wars franchise, Howard found a way to bring everyone together and finish the highly anticipated blockbuster. "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".
In 1981, I finally saw Star Wars when the first movie was re-released into theaters. In fact, some of the biggest laughs of any Star Wars film to date come courtesy of Lando and his sassy droid and co-pilot, L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).
However, there are some great elements to the story, as well.
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. Thankfully going by the early reviews, the Han Solo spin-off is more than decent; it is touted as a fan-pleasing, engaging movie that will not let down a Star Wars fans. Ron Howard was born to direct it. There are some fine action sequences, and some that don't make much sense at all.
Part of that might have to do with behind-the-scenes drama spilling onto the screen, after veteran director Ron Howard replaced "The Lego Movie" duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller well into the process. This is the Star Wars of the Mos Eisley Cantina and Jabba's Palace; a lawless place where criminal empires run rampant, and there's lots of jobs with big scores to be had. Ultimately, she isn't given enough to do. The film will be the second Star Wars anthology film, following the 2016 film Rogue One. Glover's Calrissian sounds like the actor who originally played him, Billy Dee Williams, and has a flawless style.
To be sure, "Solo" doesn't break new boundaries like "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" did, but at the same time, it's far less likely to raise the ire of hardcore fans. Much has already been said about how cool Glover looks as Lando, and I can confirm that he does indeed end up providing some of the film's best moments. Solo, in contrast, just wants to have a good time and then roll the credits.
As far back as he can remember, Redmond Bacon always wanted to be a film critic.