Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

New Featurette Goes Inside The Making Of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

New Featurette Goes Inside The Making Of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'

I won't spoil where it goes from there, but rest assured numerous plot beats are easy to predict if you're at all familiar with Star Wars lore, though the movie does indeed save a couple of big surprises for its third act.

Granted, there was about only 15 minutes left in the movie, but it felt like an eternity. (More to come on that later).

As "Rogue One" demonstrated, there's a rich vein of material in "Star Wars" prequels, just waiting to be mined.

Ehrenreich - who earned raves for his performance in the Coen brothers comedy "Hail, Caesar!" - does a solid job as Han, creating a likable scoundrel bounding with reckless energy.

The gifted cinematographer Bradford Young, who brought such sensitive atmospherics to the science fiction thriller "Arrival", has shot "Solo" with similar attention to texture, density and dimension. Glover fares nearly as well, and while he does occasionally lapse into doing a Billy Dee Williams impression, for the most part he conveys the effortless cool of Lando and how his controlled confidence clashes with Han's constant improvisation. And the movie at times tries a little too hard to make Han an idealistic jokester. Perhaps it would have been different if Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had directed Solo, as they were initially hired to do. However, this story also focuses on those in the grey areas looking to make a quick buck.

According to The Playlist, as well as several other outlets, Kennedy "confirmed" at the Cannes Film Festival that a Lando Calrissian spinoff film would be next up, telling Premiere France, "We think that the next spin-off will be dedicated to Lando Calrissian". Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag, has great fun as L3, a robot who yearns for autonomy in a delightful echo of Bender from Futurama. But he is ultimately sent down the path that will take him back to Qi'ra and into the lives of new friends along the way.

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And we see the Millennium Falcon at its one-time pristine condition, which is a thrill to take in.

There's a terrific ensemble cast-dynamic and an effortless channelling of the spirit of Episodes IV to VI from father-and-son screenwriting team Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan who should really be allowed to get their teeth into the stories' daddy issues and Freudian anxieties. Solo will please fans, if not necessarily astound them, and leave them anticipating how the story will connect with the original Star Wars saga.

Neal Scanlan from the Special Creature Effects department revealed that the film begins with a dark tone, and as the film progresses the fans will get to see brighter scenes as well as brighter aliens and droids. The action sequences are the standard Star Wars fair, which is certainly not a bad thing. He meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a bandit who is pretending to be a soldier, and with a newly acquainted Wookie named Chewbacca, they set out to perform missions for their dodgy boss, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany).

But my fear is "Solo" shows signs that Disney/Lucasfilm are hitting a point where the beloved "Star Wars" universe could be headed to a watered-down moment.

To be sure, "Solo" doesn't break new boundaries like "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" did, but at the same time, it's far less likely to raise the ire of hardcore fans.

The Telegraph also wrote that the movie "expands and enriches the Star Wars galaxy with thrilling new texture and detail - Solo might be a fun adventure, but it's a dream come true for cosplayers, and features an even-more-extraordinary-than-usual new range of costumes and knick-knacks to goggle at".

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