Thandie Newton honors Black Star Wars characters with 'Solo' premiere dress

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Thankfully going by the early reviews, the Han Solo spin-off is more than decent; it is touted as a fan-pleasing, engaging movie that will not let down a Star Wars fans.

Even if there weren't all those great "Star Wars" movies in our past (aka the futures of these characters), based on this adventure alone, I'd be excited to know what's next for Han Solo. Unfortunately, they get split up trying to blag their way through immigration (one of the many sly touchstones to current events) and Solo signs up for the Imperial army in desperation, ending up fighting on the war-torn mud planet Mimban.

Apart from their literary names, the only surprising thing about the film's characters is how many of them are killed. The first was 2015's "Rogue One". "It would also be fun to tell the story of Han and Chewie".

"That's the way much of Solo goes".

Opening May 25 nationwide, director Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra and Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca.

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So how does "Solo" stack up against other "Star Wars" movies?

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest example of the Marvel-isation of the Star Wars brand, creating an extended cinematic universe with shoutouts and surprise cameos that only seem to exist to please the most hardcore fans.

The new Star Wars movie had gone through a bumpy production process.

The film, directed by Ron Howard after original helmers Phil Lord and Chris Miller were kicked to the curb, now sits at a 73 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with 64 "fresh" reviews and 24 "rotten" from 88 critics and a consensus that calls it "a flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure" that "should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door".

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - 93%.

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So what sort of schedule can we expect if Lando is suddenly next in the pipeline? Let us know down in the comments.

Actor Alden Ehrenreich's version of Han Solo is relatively young, but he's not a little kid, and he doesn't age visibly during the movie. Put it all together and the result is a fun, if superfluous, summer popcorn movie that leaves itself wide open for another installment. This is best represented by L3 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Lando's impassioned droid who has ideas far above that of a normal robot.

"The movie doubles down on that old Star Wars trick of sneaking in personality around the margins of its more staid plot objectives; the action scenes are, reliably, as much about wisecracks as they are about the action". But as a supporter of the prequels and their ambitions to expand our understandings rather than just sweep up loose ends, as well as the so-called "postquels" and their goal of extending the reach to newer generations, I found "Solo" to be a kind of in-between puzzle piece that fits fine but is unremarkably within the whole.

"Enter: Lando Calrissian. Look, this isn't a situation where Donald Glover shows up and is so good he saves the movie".

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