Solo: A Star Wars Movie: 'Boisterous bromance' attracting solid, but unspectacular reviews

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With the assist of Google Translate, here's a rough translation of what she said: "There are still many stories to be told about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next".

Oh well. That's a shame.

Yes, anyone who has studied English and Irish poetry and theatre will be as distracted as I was by the fact that one character is Beckett, another is Dryden, and during one scene they namecheck each other about 20 times. In 2016, we got even more than we expected when Rogue One: A Star Wars Story filled in some the gaps before A New Hope begins.

Following the publication of our article, Lucasfilm informs us that there would have been a misunderstanding between our journalist and Kathleen Kennedy.

Solo: A Star Wars Story doesn't reach the heights of daring of The Last Jedi, but it's a movie created to be safe, familiar, and smile-inducing, all while watching characters we grew up with be young and brash. (It is worth noting that Kenobi has never been officially confirmed, but it seems like a sure thing). That is, perhaps, the greatest weakness of the Anthology films so far: we know where they're going, so we're just waiting for them to get there. I'm probably one of the only people who will think this but, as good as they did, I didn't like the use of these big name actors. He'd be great to helm the flick.

Speaking in Cannes where she was promoting the latest episode in the Star Wars franchise, Clarke said: "It's really hard because this is a problem that has been around forever so changing it overnight is impossible". And Ehrenreich knows just how to play him - with a sense of wide-eyed optimism slowly being eroded away by reality.

There was much hay to be made of Alden Ehrenreich's performance and how he might be able to follow-on from Harrison Ford in the role, and while he's given a pretty thankless task, once you cast Ford out of your mind and grow accustomed to Ehrenreich's "middle American spaceboy", he isn't the drag on the film you might expect based on how the marketing seemed to be hiding him. You should own Cloud City, like that kind of thing, or like winning. However, I found myself remembering and then comparing the other big blockbusters those actors played in, verses just the story at hand.

But the main event is of course the meeting of Han and Chewie, at this stage 190 years old and condemned in this movie series to a Dorian-Gray-type eternal youth. You're telling me that there's another option?

Solo is the third Star Wars film to land at Cannes, following Attack of the Clones in 2002 and Revenge of the Sith in 2005.

It's worth asking how "Solo" might have fared under original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller ("The Lego Movie"), who left mid-production. Sign me up right now.

The tan gown featured blue floral details, along with prints of action figure likenesses of John Boyega as Finn, Samuel L. Jackson as Mace Windu, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian, Forest Whitaker as Saw Gerrera and Hugh Quarshie as Captain Panaka. The possibilities are endless. You can bet we'll make it to the theater in less than 12 parsecs when the next entry in the Star Wars canon takes off May 25.

As far as the relationships in this film go, none is as interesting as the one between the charismatic, swaggering gambler Lando Calrissian (Danny Glover) and L3-37 (voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge), a female droid with exceptional navigational skills.

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