Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

'Lando' Movie in the Works, Says Lucasfilm Chief Kathleen Kennedy

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in Solo A Star Wars Story Walt Disney Studios Motion
Nicole Thomas | 16 May, 2018, 22:17

Search your feelings. You know the answers to these questions, and more.

It's sort of a shame movies can't just exist in a vacuum without the added baggage of often troubled productions or studio interference.

Once Chewbacca returns and we are reunited with the Millennium Falcon, Ehrenreich's inadequacies as a proto-Harrison Ford become more and more evident. It sounds like the makings of one of those great stories that will undoubtably tug at the heart strings.

On top of that, Disney brought in an acting coach for star Alden Ehrenreich during filming amid worries the young actor wasn't properly portraying the iconic Han Solo. Harrison Ford was always the ideal 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. Unfortunately, I can't say that I did. In fact, it felt more muddled than before.

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"Solo", like the very first "Star Wars", has the right idea: It wants to be a classic movie in galactic guise. The overall dark look of the movie is perhaps created to hide Ehrenreich's lack of resemblance to Ford - or maybe it's just to evoke The Empire Strikes Back, the darkest and most popular film of the franchise's original trilogy. In this film, the dialogue tells me that he is "alone" but his actions aren't quite as defined. And if Han has forgotten all about them by the time he hooks up with Luke and Leia, then why should we try to remember them? Emilia Clarke is never sympathetic nor femme fatale enough to really work as Han's would-be flame Qi'ra. This can be used in your favor as a storyteller but instead it just made it hard to decide if I liked her or not. We might be getting a lot more of Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian in the near future. He looks good, can play the part but, if it went on any longer and it would have been on the borderline of becoming a caricature of the original character.

As Solo star Donald Glover asked in the May 12 episode of Saturday Night Live, "Where the hell are all the black people in space?" But I found it purely lovable. The supporting cast - filled with veterans like Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, Thandie Newton, and one character voiced by Jon Favreau - are all great and mesh perfectly with the leads.

I will see your Kenobi rumors and raise them a Lando one.

Actor Joonas Suotamo, left, and a person dressed as the character Chewbacca pose for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film Solo: A Star Wars Story at the 71st global film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Oh there are references-ho ho ho, don't think there aren't copious, winky references, but they're in-jokes rather than any of the "Dun Dun Dun" grave nods to stuff that's coming, as happened in Rogue One and literally all of the prequels. It had a clear and concise goal, extremely high stakes, and few original characters in the forefront to distract you from the story at hand. I kind of wish this movie was titled, Han Solo and the Kessel Run, or whatever, and we just jumped into the action. It's not enough to hide the obvious ideological problem of willfully retreating to childhood in the face of real-world problems, nor the consolidated efforts of an unwieldy and arch-conservative private company to make said retreat into a national pastime; Solo's best moments are nearly entertaining enough to make you forget about all that. The film, which opens May 25, also does its best to overcome the inherent problems of a prequel where the audience already knows how the story ends.

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