With that out of the way, let's see if the critics are being kind to Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The film is set to hit theaters May 25.
MovieWeb Solo is a fun ride for sure, but it feels too commercial. "More than any big action set piece or narrative double cross (and there are plenty of them thanks to a smooth crime boss played by Paul Bettany), it's Glover's mack-daddy, Colt 45 swagger as the rakish gambler formerly played by Billy Dee Williams that will be the thing you'll be buzzing about after the lights come up (well, that and how much you'd rather see his standalone origin story)". The final result is a fairly entertaining film that is nonetheless completely middle-of-the-road. This is a Han Solo who wants to be loved even of he doesn't want to be liked, and when he puts his arm around the immortal Chewie it's tough not to go "aww". It is a world reminiscent of the grimiest parts of Blade Runner, filled with grey colours and heavy rain. He is in love with beautiful Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) and they plan to bribe officials with a stolen phial of ultra-valuable fuel crystal Coaxium to get smuggled out. 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.
Han Solo is the first cinematic character I ever, well, "liked". 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. But at first it looks as if they've really pulled it off. Through its forty-plus years of existence, Star Wars has spawned so many memorable bad guys that it's easy to feel disappointed when a new one doesn't stack up to the legacy.
However, there are some great elements to the story, as well.
Excitement for the film is growing, and United Kingdom fans will get to see Solo: A Star Wars Story a day earlier than everyone else, with it set to hit cinemas on 24 May. I think that will be just amusing but also cool to see like how far charm gets you. If I say any more, the spoiler police will come after me. 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. There are some fine action sequences, and some that don't make much sense at all. Lando's co-pilot is the droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), who may or may not have a crush on Lando (who wouldn't?). 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. Under Kennedy, Star Wars has gotten progressively worse, which should be unheard of as the franchise is an easy seller to the fans; however, Kennedy's approach has been anything but fan-friendly. Ultimately, she isn't given enough to do. (A character called Rio, voiced by Jon Favreau, bears the unmistakable stamp of Rocket Raccoon from "Guardians of the Galaxy.") Written by "The Empire Strikes Back's" Lawrence Kasdan along with his son, Jonathan, "Solo" has been conceived as a space western, with all the overcomplicated (but also childishly simple) heists and double-crosses the genre entails.
A malformed fiasco at the level of 2015's Fantastic Four would at least be more challenging to the viewer than seeing the same film's corpse successfully re-embalmed every six to 12 months.