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It's only a matter of time before he will be killed on the battlefield in the name of the Emperor. If you're looking for the latter, Solo will please you. And yet again, things don't go according to plan. This is how Solo was before the galaxy chewed up all the youthful optimism he had about life and spit him back out. 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. That would lead you to believe that this film could be a massive train wreck.

Star Wars: Attack of the Clones (2002) - Fan Score: 57 percent. Harrison Ford was always the flawless person to play Solo: an actor who didn't really want the gig that bad in the first place and thought the whole thing was stupid. Well if he did, then it worked.

Han Solo opens May 25. But only a glimmer of the hardassed charmer that Harrison Ford IMMORTALIZED finds its way into this episode.

Young Han is a cocky, independent wiseass specializing in small-time thievery and smuggling - and getting into big-time trouble. "It's Casino Royale to Han Solo's James Bond". And of course Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). Ron Howard is Solo's credited director, but we all know he didn't start out that way, and I confess to spending the first little bit of Solo trying to spot the joints.

One reviewer, New York Post's Johnny Oleksinski, was far more cutting: "Solo, sadly should be frozen forever in carbonite". And yes it is highlighted by Han speaking a broken form of Wookiee language in one of the funniest moments in the movie. Not what I was expecting, but it got big laughs. Donald Glover is absolutely on fire right now, and the consensus is that he's the best thing about the movie (also not surprising). But like Ehrenreich, he still manages to put his own unique imprint on the character. Ford shares a lot of the same traits of Solo: he can be gruff, but his gruffness is also kind of hilarious. Characters don't so much deliver their dialogue as they spit it out, as if the words are hot and they need to get them off their tongues lickity-split. A solo Lando movie will give Glover a chance to explore the aspects of the charismatic character that may have informed his performance but have yet to be fully explored on screen. The rest of the cast is very strong though. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is fantastic in a breakout role as L3-37. Even a Star Wars version of poker plays a significant role. It sounds like the makings of one of those great stories that will undoubtably tug at the heart strings. Howard's work has never had a readily identifiable style of its own, so it makes sense that he would be capable of adhering to the established look and feel of the "Star Wars" franchise. And there's another meet-cute, come to think of it: the love that flowers between man and machine, between the reckless pilot and the sleekly iconic Millennium Falcon.

If you are a Star wars fan, you will be pleased with a number of Easter eggs spread throughout the movie. Much like its anthology predecessor, Rogue One, Solo: A Star Wars Story is not about the Jedi, the Sith, the Force or lightsabers. As for the music, it was well done. Ultimately the fans are going to decide the verdict, although the next Star Wars Story will likely still make a ton of money in the process. It's incredible how much just playing Star Wars music can make nearly any roughly assembled scene work on a visceral and emotional level - and Solo seems to know that, relying on sentimentality and a shorthand understanding of this universe and its legacy characters to paper over its narrative defects. He's a lightweight, but you can project the older Han on him, which is more than half the battle.

Remember in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade how in the opening scene Indy got his whip, his fear of snakes, his hat, and his scar all within the matter of a few minutes?

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

Entertainment Weekly too has similar thoughts as it writes, "It's all fun and rollicking enough until you walk out of the theatre into the daylight and realise just how trivial and insignificant it all really is".

Solo: A Star Wars Story - 72%. That fun is the result of the actors and the characters they play.

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