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Emilia Clarke's Solo mission to conquer a galaxy (far, far away)

Emilia Clarke's Solo mission to conquer a galaxy (far, far away)

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" has some great moments, but as a whole is a flawed movie. Despite some unique cinematography from Bradford Young, Ron Howard's direction is staid, stolid, and completely without personality, which is a problem when your movie is the story of a young rogue like Han Solo. Yet, the most important answer given in the film is how Han Solo did the Kessel run in under 12 parsecs - a thrilling sequence that functions as the movie's centerpiece.

This isn't the first time that the pair have met however, Ehrenreich recounted their first encounter when he sought out the veteran stars blessing.

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca. Or watch Han and Chewbacca share their first shower together. "So, there were a number of scenes where I was like, 'Yes, thank goodness". The gambling dens, watering holes and windswept outposts in this movie speak to Solo's roots as a classic Western character. In teasing a potential villain path for Han's love interest in the movie, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), they bring back a character from the "Star Wars" saga that is a fan favorite, but is a weird choice to be included in this story.

Every now and then, the far quirkier movie Solo could have been had Philip Lord and Christopher Miller stayed on board slips through (they were fired and replaced by Ron Howard halfway through).

But like its title character pulling off a insane scheme just in the nick of time, Solo is a swashbuckling success, a space adventure that pays homage to the DNA of the original films while carving out its own unique space in the canon.

But she also warned against an "unnecessarily aggressive" approach.

A Star Wars Story now has a decent Rotten Tomatoes rating of 72 percent as of time of writing.

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The official Star wars channel on Youtube has published two excerpts from the film.

Since Han Solo always represented the sneering, cynical flipside to the Skywalker clan's gee-whiz journey of Jedi self-discovery, spiritual breakdown, and forgiveness, much of Solo concerns its namesake figuring out how to tell actual good guys from the bad ones. They're in love because the film says they're in love.

Speaking of Glover, it's no spoiler to say that the Atlanta star is easily the best thing in this good-not-great movie.

As with most Star Wars films, I enjoyed the droids.

And one more batch of reviews, just for good measure... Solo, it seems, is a movie that divides audiences about its charm, or lack thereof. Ehrenreich is also receiving generally positive marks, though many are quick to point out he's still no Ford.

Glover is hilarious as Lando - and not in almost enough of the film. Year later, he falls in with a tough crew of hustlers led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and they embark on a scheme to rob barrels of something risky for one Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany at his slipperiest) and his dodgy sky-bound cartel. Solo is about the events that shaped him into a smuggling scoundrel. Han's evolution in this movie is entirely superficial. These characters have become synonymous with pop culture around the world. After a scheme to escape Corellia with his girlfriend, Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), goes sour, and Qi'ra gets left behind, Han enlists in the imperial military with a long-term goal of coming back to Corellia and getting Qi'ra back.

The score gives Han Solo the third lowest of all the Star Wars films, following Phantom Menace (55%) and Attack of the Clones (66%).


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