Story, style makes the ride in 'Solo' too bumpy

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Watch Han & Lando Gamble for the Falcon and Hear John Powell’s Score in New ‘Solo’ Clips

Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as the young Han Solo along with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca and Donald Glover as the young Lando Calrissian. Williams has written the complete scores for all eight of the Star Wars saga films, beginning with 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope for which he earned an Academy Award for Best Original Score.

"The girl in me was bouncing up and down", she told Yahoo Entertainment at the Los Angeles press day for the new spinoff Solo: A Star Wars Story, where she was joined by Woody Harrelson. You can check out 411mania's official review of the film RIGHT HERE. For some reason, at some point, Star Wars creator George Lucas visited the set of Game of Thrones season 8.

As one of the most beloved characters in a galaxy far, far away, this origin story had a lot to accomplish.

He told the Press Association: "It was just good to get his blessing in a way, on the movie and (saying) kind of "Make it your own" but we didn't talk about it that much to be honest". Not only did it have to be a good movie, but it also needed to give enough fan service and have the characters feel like their older counterparts.

In Solo: A Star Wars Story, Han, Chewbacca, and Tobias Beckett were tasked with procuring a massive amount of coaxium for Dryden Vos.

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Ron Howard has several wins in his directorial kitty (including the simply superb Arrested Development). He threatens to steal the show from the earnest Ehrenreich, who is more of a vocal match for Ford than he is a physical one.

"I think it's cool", Harrelson says. The same applies to Glover's interpretation of a younger Lando, who doesn't exactly become fast friends with Han but perhaps sees a little of himself in this arrogant up-and-comer.

While "Rogue One" felt hemmed in and constrained by its need to fit into the "Star Wars" canon, "Solo", which should have had the harder job, is surprisingly more successful. Things don't go as planned and he links up with some space pirates, led by the always-entertaining Woody Harrelson whose cohorts include a tough-as-nails No. 2 played by Thandie Newton, as well as a female droid (voice by Phoebe Waller-Bridge) who manages to steal almost all her scenes with her observations about romantic relationships.

It's the first of the new Star Wars movies - including Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story - to face the U.S. summer box office, and hits cinemas just five months after Star Wars: The Last Jedi wowed audiences.

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