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Solo: A Star Wars Story, Soho Square, W1

Solo: A Star Wars Story, Soho Square, W1”

It added: "Ultimately, this is a different kind of Star Wars film to any that have gone before, with only hints of the main saga's bigger fate-of-the-galaxy picture".

Nothing is going to wipe that smug grin off of Han Solo's face.

The reporter looked at Clarke and then panned the room, saying, "And there's journalists here, so maybe we can start with the training that you just gave everyone so we can stop using that word because I think people may just do it not knowing".

Solo is an origin story for Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), first seen running schemes in the street in his home planet of Corellia.

In terms of new characters, the key figures are Qi'ra ("Game of Thrones'" Emilia Clarke), the girl in Han's life, and his motivation for much of what ensues; and Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a smuggler/thief whose anything-for-a-buck mentality will play a role in forging - and defining the contours of - Han's own moral code.

Solo: A Star Wars story brightens up a little in the second half, both visually and in terms of plot momentum. In some ways this is one of the "lighter" of the "Star Wars" adventures, as we know beyond any doubt Han, Lando and Chewy will live to fight another day. If nothing else, Solo: A Star Wars Story features some fabulous clothes, courtesy of costume designers David Crossman and Glyn Dillon. Han's Dickensian youth just doesn't carry as much weight as the storytellers might have imagined. Laced with humour and a sustained air of insouciance, this tale, helmed expertly by Ron Howard (who came on board halfway through the production), lets us into the formative circumstances that led to Han Solo becoming the rakish rebel pilot that pop culture celebrates.

The new characters introduced here are inconsistent, from the trope-riddled crew of crooks Han falls in with to the gangster he runs afoul of and the love interest he pines after. She wanted to celebrate her role in the iconic history of the franchise!' 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.

"This is lovely", Emilia Clarke (Qi'ra) said in the video, presumably referring to the stunning costumes.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge's L3-37, a self-made robot who is woke. There are times in Solo: A Star Wars Story where it feels like that. While it hits all the beats that you would expect, the movie plays it so unbelievably safe it feels like more a spec script for an episode of a long-going sci-fi TV series than another installment of the most influential movie franchise of all time. However, this story also focuses on those in the grey areas looking to make a quick buck. He captures the wry wit and gunslinger swagger, mirroring enough of Ford's mannerisms to be familiar yet he also manages to not simply be a mere mimic by lending the character a dopey sweetness and vulnerability not always evident in Ford's version. While Disney is delivering ambitious new additions to the property, numerous hardcore fandom seem impossible to please.

Glover also gets some of the best costumes, including a selection of capes a la Screamin' Jay Hawkins.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is released in United Kingdom cinemas on May 24, 2018. This extended sequence calls to mind the westerns, serials, and World War II movies that all helped inspire George Lucas's original Star Wars. And we get to see that relationship blossom throughout the film as the two get to know each other - at times very intimately.



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