New Featurette Goes Inside The Making Of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

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But Solo is the first Star Wars film in recent memory that feels like it's selling something. And heck, there are even some dangling threads that- though one could claim they're technically tied up in existing "Star Wars" movies- actually left me wanting more with this cast, in this time period. The final result is a fairly entertaining film that is nonetheless completely middle-of-the-road.

The video [see below] starts off with a shot of Han (Alden Ehrenreich) hanging his lucky dice on a speeder auto. There's a noirish shade to the romance between Solo and his onetime girlfriend Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke), who takes up with the ruthless overlord Dryden Vos (an enjoyable Paul Bettany).

"We can say 'Hey guys, on a really basic level you haven't filled your quota so hi, I'm here to fill your quota!'".

Also starring Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany, it's out across the United Kingdom on May 24. They naturally get involved in all sorts of hijinks, before concluding with a bunch of hints as to the man Solo will eventually become. 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. Deeply entwined when they first meet, their reunion has a real sense of tension - neither person is able to recapture what they once had.

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I keep harping about "fun" but that's what Solo has that Rogue One and even most of The Last Jedi were lacking. It doesn't merely make obvious the comfort-food imperative of keeping this mythology alive-which is to say, profitable-but also proves it can still find ways to be legitimately satisfying. Since 1977, we have been watching as Luke, Leia and Han have been fighting evil and saving the day (or at least trying to). "And people loved it", Newton said after the premiere.

"I'm gonna tell you how it feels to play a woman". 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.

Disney hired filmmakers Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to direct "Solo", presumably impressed with the pair's work on the crowd-pleasing blockbusters "The Lego Movie", "21 Jump Street" and "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs".

The ending, in particular, takes Star Wars lore to a bold place that potentially might not land with casual and diehard fans alike. "Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next". (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.

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But my fear is "Solo" shows signs that Disney/Lucasfilm are hitting a point where the beloved "Star Wars" universe could be headed to a watered-down moment.

This approach works for Marvel because it apes the nature of comic books, which constantly feature crossovers and elaborate word-building, but Star Wars has a different duty, and confusing things too much only serves to ostracize those who haven't understood every detail of this world.

Vanity Fair It gets off to a slow, muddy, grimly predictable start-but Solo is ultimately, thankfully, one of the good ones.

As far back as he can remember, Redmond Bacon always wanted to be a film critic.

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