Han Solo Rotten Tomatoes Score A Disaster!

"Solo A Star Wars Story. Disney

Here was the one they'd all been frenziedly waiting for - except for those of us who hadn't, especially.

The Kasdans - Lawrence worked on three previous "Star Wars" scripts - wield those narrative questions like arrows declaring: THIS WAY TO THE NEXT CHASE SCENE.

I'm actually not surprised the score is so low as it follows the Disney Star Wars movies, which haven't been all that good, and it follows Star Wars: The Last Jedi, which was simply very bad.

Take a deep breath, everyone.

On the other hand, no franchise rakes in more than $42 billion without being able to keep a good thing going.

Han Solo now has a Rotten Tomatoes score of only 71%!

The Millennium Falcon crash landed on the Hollywood Boulevard as stars and fans gathered for the world premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story last week.

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

There is nothing much here that will surprise Star Wars fans but there is nothing that should disappoint them either.

Yes, Solo: A Star Wars Story is fast-paced, even perhaps breathless, and zips around in its inter-galactic orbit with what feels like reckless glee, creating just the kind of atmosphere that the young, unflappable hero needs in order to thrive and grow.

The reason? According to a source, "Ron wanted to go back to the spirit of the original trilogy, while Phil and Chris were looking forward to something new, more like Guardians Of The Galaxy". And it is mystifyingly dark, in colour rather than content, nearly as if the film stock has been washed in ditchwater.

In the summer of 1977, Ron Howard made his directorial debut with "Grand Theft Auto", a merrily destructive low-budget fairy tale that found its way into a lot of newly twinned multiplexes that summer of '77. I devoured everything I could about this character even though those books really didn't give us much insight on his past. He is a graduate of the school of hard knocks, an orphan and petty thief, a sci-fi Artful Dodger. Needless to say, Han wants in on this action.

Finnish actor Suotamo plays the role of Chewbacca in the films, but for the premiere he donned a tuxedo and let somebody else wear the costume.

By the time he and Chewie hook up, Solo has been thrown out of pilot school for insubordination and somehow ended up as a humble foot soldier. Thandie Newton is cool as his second-in-command and lover Val, but she's more an attitude than a character. However, the plan doesn't work and he finds himself begging for his life from Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany; Avengers: Infinity War). The story involves the theft of a cache of coaxium, which is both starship fuel and fuel for a revolution. They naturally get involved in all sorts of hijinks, before concluding with a bunch of hints as to the man Solo will eventually become. And heck, there are even some dangling threads that- though one could claim they're technically tied up in existing "Star Wars" movies- actually left me wanting more with this cast, in this time period.

But where, and how? Worse yet, the first two-thirds of the picture look dim and murky, as if it had been shot through a scrim of dust motes. If you heard Han or Lando mention something of their backstory in A New Hope or The Empire Strikes Back, you're gonna see it played out here, but it's more a function of the story rather than the point. 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.

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