'Solo: A Star Wars Story' slides quickly into incoherence

'Solo: A Star Wars Story' slides quickly into incoherence

Solo: A Star Wars Story moreover has a glorious origin myth meet-cute to set up one of cinema's greatest bromances: the stoic wookiee Chewbacca and the insolently handsome freebooting rebel pilot Han Solo - and Alden Ehrenreich absolutely crushes the role to powder, swaggeringly reviving the memory of the young Harrison Ford's romantic gallantry. He's basically trapped in amber, and when he makes a significant decision, we're left scratching our heads as to why.

Official reviews have landed for the latest Star Wars film, and if you're a fan of the series, it might be time to worry. Ready? Time to lock the door - and hope they don't have blasters.

Every now and then, the far quirkier movie Solo could have been had Philip Lord and Christopher Miller stayed on board slips through (they were fired and replaced by Ron Howard halfway through).

The actress and her co-stars attended a screening of Solo: A Star Wars Storyat the Cannes Film Festival in France on Tuesday, and Newton made a stunning fashion statement on the red carpet. In fact, rumors even surfaced that that was to shoot in Belfast.

It sounds like most critics agree that it's a fun heist movie that gives us lots of surprises and Easter Eggs for fans to see.

The cast also gets plenty of praise from Variety, as does the story's "moments of real grit and something approaching interstellar realism amid all of the expectedly topnotch VFX".

Though don't you be thinking this is the last you'll see of our old pals Han and Chewie, as Kennedy also teased more Han Solo movies.

Ehrenreich "captures enough of Ford's genial swagger to earn Solo bragging rights", the review affirms - "even if the performance could have benefited from flashing a few fewer winks". Han goes through a lot of character development in the original trilogy, which makes any kind of attempt at development here far more stunted.

Of course, the effects are something we have come to expect from the Star Wars saga and Solo has much to offer in that regard. This extended sequence calls to mind the westerns, serials, and World War II movies that all helped inspire George Lucas's original Star Wars.

Entertainment Weekly It's the very definition of "solid" and "competent". But perhaps the most encouraging thing one can say about "Solo" is that unlike "Rogue One", it not only leaves room for a possible sequel to this prequel, but finishes strongly enough that such a prospect seems enticing.

And Han also chances across a charismatic dandy-ish smuggler, gambler and flier called Lando Calrissian, a very amusing performance from Donald Glover.

The story follows Han from his years as a street urchin on the shipyard-dotted backwater planet of Corellia through to his early experiences as an outlaw, working among Beckett (Woody Harrelson of "Cheers" fame) and his crew as they run jobs for fearsome gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany from Marvel's recent smash "Avengers: Infinity War").

A Star Wars Story lives up to its namesake's high-risk, higher-reward reputation. A space 'Catch Me If You Can'.

We know epic adventures and memorable triumphs and lifelong bonds and in some cases Shakespearean tragedy await some of the main characters in "Solo: A Star Wars Story".

The Kasdans - Lawrence worked on three previous "Star Wars" scripts - wield those narrative questions like arrows declaring: THIS WAY TO THE NEXT CHASE SCENE.