Solo: A Star Wars Story cast answer your questions - CBBC Newsround

This film set before 'Star Wars Episode IV- A New Hope'

"A Star Wars Story", which is tracking to have the lowest opening of Disney's Star Wars films, is an adventure that many fans weren't sure they wanted.

The tentpole is the first of the four titles in the revitalized Star Wars franchise to fearless the summer box office.

Ford's rave appraisal of Solo: A Star Wars Story follows other positive first reviews about the new film. "I mean, yeah, whatever", Glover, 34, said on SiriusXM's Entertainment Weekly Radio program Tuesday. "Ron Howard was born to direct it".

Solo is at its most annoying when it is relying on callbacks to generate interest and sympathy, when it is referencing lines from films past ("I've got a really good feeling about this!") as a sharp elbow in the ribs reminding you that this is definitely a movie that takes place in a universe that we know and love. The collective shrug essentially asked: Do we really need Han Solo's origin story? High praise indeed, and proof that new and old-school can work together, despite being unusual bedfellows.

A still from 'Solo A Star Wars Story'
A still from 'Solo A Star Wars Story'

Before he joined up with Luke and Leia, Han (Alden Ehrenreich) - the "Solo" will duly arrive - is a small-time thief on the planet Corellia with dreams of being a pilot and roaming the galaxy with his partner, Q'ira (Emilia Clarke). Thankfully, this isn't a Han shot first sitch; the addition has been made with Solo's legacy in mind. A safe pair of hands if ever there was one, Howard has managed to create order from chaos, but the finished film bares the traces of early confusion and, despite strong moments, out-stays its welcome. Han also encounters Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the vain and dashing intergalactic smuggler whose spaceship he covets. But as those fans are aware, Han himself wasn't much for putting stock in the odds, which makes it somewhat fitting that Solo: A Star Wars Story has earned itself some fairly respectable reviews. Original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie) were five months into filming when they were summarily dismissed (for the traditional "artistic differences"). The result is uncomfortable, but not amusingly and intentionally uncomfortable (like Ehrenreich's clever work in the Coen Brothers' Hail, Caesar, playing a cowboy star miscast in a "sophisticated" drawing room comedy).

But unlike many of its predecessors, deciphering just where "Solo" fits chronologically in the franchise has been a bit of a head scratcher (in part because it's unclear how old Han Solo is in the prequel). What they lack is the freshness, the vivacity, the edgy creativity that Lucas so fearlessly brought to A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back: these new films, for all their merits, feel like carefully and rather cynically constructed confections.

Directed by Ron Howard. Their escape doesn't go as planned; Han ends up joining the Imperial army and, later, teaming up career criminals Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Val (Thandie Newton).

Running time: 2 hours, 23 mins.


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