Published: Sun, May 27, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Antoinette Montgomery

Solo: A Star Wars Story opening crawl variation leaks (Spoilers)

Solo: A Star Wars Story opening crawl variation leaks (Spoilers)

Certainly, Ford's blessing for the film means all the more thanks to the actor's cantankerous reputation and well-documented mixed feelings for the Star Wars franchise, which he famously tried to exit early after 1981's The Empire Strikes Back.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, though, has nearly nothing to do with the Jedi or the Force, and nearly all of it is set on planets with some degree of lawlessness or corruption. There's no discernable personal style, but apart from the leaden Robert Langdon films, his work usually ranges from eminently watchable and commercial corn of the highest order. Han also encounters Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the vain and dashing intergalactic smuggler whose spaceship he covets.

Han joins up with a crew of thieves, led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), who's so crafty he managed to steal himself a normal name rather than the usual goofy Star Wars name.

If all goes well, a young Han Solo and his band of outcasts will take out Captain Jack Sparrow and set a new Memorial Day weekend record at the box office.

In the months leading up to the release of the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One (2016), there was a good deal of excitement regarding its diverse cast. Solo will please fans, if not necessarily astound them, and leave them anticipating how the story will connect with the original Star Wars saga. Yet, those performances turned out to be dour, stilted - like the film itself. "Solo" is a light aircraft, maneuvering with the easy liberty of a vehicle that has no ammunition - because, refreshingly, it has no new Death Star to destroy. The breakout star of that movie, though, wasn't Howard, but Harrison Ford, playing a motorhead convinced he had the fastest machine around.

Lawrence Kasdan has shaped the Star Wars story over four films, and it seems callous to suggest that he give way to a younger voice.

Directed by Ron Howard.

"We were doing a scene and he was trying to stay out of the way, but he did lean over and he said, 'You know what Han would really do there?'" Howard recalled on "The Late Show" Thursday night. But in terms of character arcs and conflict, if Star Wars is a Western, it's mostly an old, white hat Western, a morally simplistic tale of good vs evil in which the bad guy dresses all in black and the good guy is a celibate monk.

The more crowded the Millennium Falcon gets and the thicker the banter flies, the better.

Check out what Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller-Bridge had to say in the layer above and below is exactly what we talked about followed by some recent coverage on the film. It's also the most conservative, making fewer missteps than its immediate predecessors only because it takes fewer risks.

Solo is an extremely competent piece of filmmaking: it is definitely a movie that tells a story and has characters, some of whom you have met before, all of whom have specific goals and hopes and dreams.

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