The sign reads “Press Hospitality Room,” but there are no journalists to be found. Instead there’s crumpled napkins, unclaimed pens, forgotten umbrellas, a half-empty Coke bottle and a solitary bluebottle fly out of a Raymond Chandler novel.The detritus, so to speak, of a tsunami of scribes drawn to the Carlton Hotel by the chance to talk to the principals of “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the one film at this year’s festival that doesn’t have to worry if it’s going to make any money.“More than 50,” says Ron Howard in a nearby room when asked the number of journalists he talked to this day. “The other day in Los Angeles, I broke my record, I did over 67 TV interviews.”This is not Howard’s first rodeo. In show business for most of his life, he’s directed for more than 40 years and won the Oscar for “A Beautiful Mind.”Yet the responsibility of telling the origin story of Han Solo, called … [Read more...] about Ron Howard strikes back with ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story,’ and has nothing but praise for Phil Lord and Chris Miller at Cannes
Original star wars cast
Nothing is going to wipe that smug grin off of Han Solo’s face. Solo: A Star Wars Story seems to be going great guns if the reviews are any indication. Our own review called it “far better than we had any right to expect” and, you know what? That’s an opinion shared pretty much throughout the galaxy. Read to find out what everyone else is saying about the Han Solo movie, but be warned, while there’s no spoilers here, if you want to go into the movie completely blind, you might want to skip this article. The Han Solo movie is predictable in the best possible way - The Independent (4/5)“We can tell that the film is bound eventually to turn into a tale of plucky rebels taking on oppressive overlords. Han is warned early on by Woody Harrelson’s Tobias to “assume everyone will betray you… then you won’t be disappointed". It’s not advice that Han can follow. His real secret is that despite his outlaw posturing, he’s … [Read more...] about “Delivers exactly what you want and expect” – Here’s what the critics are saying about Solo: A Star Wars Story
Watching the original Star Wars trilogy, viewers couldn't help but feel like there was a larger galaxy living just off-screen. The things you didn't see--battles, characters, and places only mentioned, never shown--sparked the imaginations of millions. As Star Wars spin-offs, prequels, novels, comics, shows, and games have illuminated more and more corners of that far-away galaxy over the decades, the results have been mixed. Over-explaining things that were only hinted at before can take the mystery away. Solo: A Star Wars Story is no exception to that, but there's good news too: All the references, callbacks, and over-explanations are accompanied by a really fun, solid, and good-looking Star Wars movie.Solo tells the story of famed space scoundrel Han Solo--and I mean the whole story. It feels like Solo explains or shows every aspect of Han Solo's life that was ever referenced in any previous Star Wars film. This movie covers how Han met Chewie, how he met Lando, how he won the … [Read more...] about Solo: A Star Wars Story Review: So You Like Han Solo, Huh?
Solo: A Star Wars Story aims to bring Han Solo back to his roots."I’ve flown from one side of this galaxy to the other," the charming smuggler tells Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars. "I’ve seen a lot of strange stuff, but I’ve never seen anything to make me believe there’s one all-powerful Force controlling everything. There’s no mystical energy field controls my destiny."This is the voice of a cocky, cynical man who relies on himself and trusts no one (apart from his Wookiee friend, of course). And it's that version of Han that father-and-son writing team Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan want to bring to the big screen this May, they recently told our sister publication SFX magazine.A different type of Wild West"For me, one of the most irresistible moments in A New Hope was that there was one of these characters hurtling through space who thinks that the Force and the Jedi are a bunch of mumbo-jumbo that he’s heard about, but doesn’t … [Read more...] about The Solo: A Star Wars Story writers discuss the film’s tone: “We’re not dealing with the spiritual side”
The Force Awakens wasn't the first attempt to continue the story of the Skywalker family. The original Star Wars sequel trilogy actually launched way back in 1991, although you'd be forgiven for missing it--after all, it debuted in bookstores, not the local theater.Now that The Last Jedi has split the Star Wars community in two, some fans have proposed that Disney should have brought author Timothy Zahn's Thrawn books--the original Star Wars sequel trilogy--to the big screen instead of introducing viewers to Rey, Finn, Poe and the rest. But those books are decades old. Would they really be better than Lucasfilms' newest efforts? And what makes them so popular, anyway?It's all a matter of timing.Reanimating a dead universeIt's hard to imagine these days, when every year brings a new Star Wars movie and a truckload of spin-off media, but in the early '90s Star Wars was effectively dead. In the '80s, Lucasfilm had tried to keep the franchise alive with animated series like Droids and … [Read more...] about The Star Wars Books Fans Wish Disney Had Done Instead Of The Last Jedi