'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Features a Major Prequel Cameo


From the over-explanatory name to the narrative and stylistic choices, to the constant use of the franchise's iconography, to the performances of the leads, it feels like each creative decision was made in order to drive home the point that yes, this sure is a Star Wars movie alright. The movie starts off really slow and is quite tiresome for the first 45 minutes or so (I was really anxious!), but it definitely picks up steam after that and finishes pretty strong. I wasn't thrilled when they announced it, I've remained neutral through its turbulent creation, and now that its theatrical release is imminent, I'm faced with the reality that the sweet, sweet hype a Star Wars movie usually generates within me simply isn't going to show up. "And he's helped by supporting characters who range from the beloved, like Donald Glover's tremendous take on Lando Calrissian, who could easily handle his own spinoff; to the brand-new, like Lando's whipsmart and rebellious droid L3-37, who's played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge in scene-stealing fashion". We learn his story from when he was a young man. That is also where we get our first meeting with Chewbacca, which is a little disjointed but a whole lot of fun. Qi'ra, who came from nothing, a petty thief working for a giant bug woman named Lady Proxima on Corellia, decides it's time for her own ascension into power. I am sorry...who is a partner of Lando Calrissian (Donald Grover). For anyone who watched Sunday you realize how flawlessly she pulled it off in the episode that had echoes of a Kurosawa film.

It's only a small moment in the movie, but it's a groan-inducing one, and also completely unnecessary. It was, I think, really instrumental in my ending up doing what I'm doing because I thought, 'I don't know what that is, but I want to be a part of it.' It's been a real privilege forty years later to find myself part of that history.

After all, when we spoke to Emilia Clarke about Qi'Ra's actions, she certainly hinted as much. Immediately, images of the very bad - and time wasting - "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story" pop up. I was on the edge of my seat as I saw the team pulling off the heist.

So a few of us got to chatting to more people and found out that out of the 500 people needed, they had only sold 100 or so tickets.

It is unclear how the divided reactions to The Last Jedi would affect Solo, but it needed to be a very good film to get people excited about Episode IX.

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While writing about Justice League, I anxious what sort of precedent Zack Snyder's firing would set - if the single most important person on film set was expendable, then what about the vision?

Lucasfilm has truly finessed these spinoff films and I'm looking forward to the next one. But makers decided not to have one here. The story starts with Han in love with the attractive Qi'ra.

The fact that he pops up on film for the first time since 1999 is massively significant, though. Tell your boss you've got Dantooine fever. Please for the love of all things holy in the galaxy, turn back and return here after you see Solo this weekend. Chewbacca should have been given more screentime. But again, there's some difficulty with that idea given that Maul's Rebels storyline sees him discovering Obi-Wan's survival and tracking him down for the first time in years. He is far far away from being a threatening villain that will send a shiver down your spine.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the kind of movie that might attract newbies to the Star Wars franchise.