Solo: A Star Wars Story review round-up: 'It's pure fan service'

Solo star Alden Ehrenreich reveals that Harrison Ford is still not a big fan of the Ewoks as first seen in Return of the Jedi

Harrison Ford Still Really Hates the Ewoks in Return of the Jedi Kevin Burwick

A lot of this was because of the character of Han Solo; he had the coolest ship, he was charming and amusing, and his best friend was a giant bear dog who could rip people's arms out of their sockets. It just explains how he got his stuff. The average score of the movie is 6.4/10 meaning lots of critics scored the film a 3/5 stars. Well, it's not impossible that Lando's film could be in 2020, with Obi-Wan's standalone following in 2021, as ComicBook also acknowledges. For that matter, it's hard to care about anyone in Solo who isn't Han, Chewie or Lando. There's something refreshing about a Star Wars film that isn't about Galaxy-spanning stakes and spends so much of its time focusing on the little guy and the underlying struggles of people just trying to survive in the shadow of the Empire.

For some reason, Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm are keeping their Sabacc cards to their chest on Kenobi, but for Lando Calrissian, they neglect in using their poker face, their poker face - muh muh muh muh. Han's Dickensian youth just doesn't carry as much weight as the storytellers might have imagined. From there, Han will meet the characters you're plopping down your hard-earned 20 bucks for and finds himself in deeper danger than he ever could have bargained for, thanks to a pretty delicious villain played by Paul Bettany. Han is warned early on by Woody Harrelson's Tobias to "assume everyone will betray you... then you won't be disappointed". Starring as Val in Solo, Newton is a part of that promising shift - and we have a very good feeling about her intergalactic style. Jon Favreau voices the multi-limbed Ardennian pilot Rio Durant, who takes an instant liking to Han. "I'm not entirely sure about Emilia Clarke, but that mostly because Qi'ra - who comes back into the movie - is such an unknown quantity".

The fierce is strong with this one. Do you know what I mean?


Alden Ehrenreich is receiving plenty of plaudits for his performance in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Beyond that, in case you haven't noticed, movies with black actors and actresses in the lead have been doing phenomenally well at the box office. The movie's first half is excessively dark - both in terms of its actual dreary look and the story, as the young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) escapes an impoverished upbringing on his native Corellia and takes off to pursue his dreams of becoming a pilot. Writes Entertainment Weekly, "Speaking of Glover, it's no spoiler to say that the Atlanta star is easily the best thing in this good-not-great movie". The decision to explore Lando's story is the right one, and not a surprising one. Lando hangs out in a gambling den for a good chunk of the film, a setting that also allows for a showcase of the film's many cool, new alien designs. Slinging two blasters and robbing trains, he's the space cowboy that Star Wars is known for and he plays a large role in sending Solo down the path to become the scoundrel we know and love.

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