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The first act of Solo is everything I didn't need out of a movie about Han Solo. The overall dark look of the movie is perhaps created to hide Ehrenreich's lack of resemblance to Ford - or maybe it's just to evoke The Empire Strikes Back, the darkest and most popular film of the franchise's original trilogy.

No Star Wars movie has had a more interesting, and some would say troubled, trip to the theaters than Solo: A Stars Wars Story.

"Let's just be women", she said, suggesting alternative questions could be, "How does it feel to play a female lead in a big blockbuster movie?" or "How does it feel to play someone with power?"

As with most Star Wars films, I enjoyed the droids.

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

Ehrenreich's Han is a handsome scallywag and cute no-goodnik who is oppressed like everyone else on a tyrannised planet. Howard seems particularly attuned to these humanizing details, even if he can't do anything about the general treatment of the movie's female characters.

I'm guessing if the box office return for Han Solo is lower than what Disney would like, we could see leadership changes at LucasFilm with the ouster of Kathleen Kennedy.

Actress Emilia Clarke poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story in Cannes.

But the movie crumbles following Han and the gang's thrilling completion of the legendary Kessel Run. So are you excited about the new Star Wars movie?

That's certainly not my only issue with the movie. We spend some time in the prologue running with Han on the mean streets of Corellia, ruled by gangland factions in the time of the Galactic Civil War.

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

It'd be fair to say it's been quite a bumpy journey to get this far, most notably when Lucasfilm parted company with original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller well after shooting had begun.

Young's photography goes from smoky original "Blade Runner" vibe in the beginning to wide epic shots by the end. But it's Donald Glover's Lando Calrissian and his droid compatriot L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge of Amazon's "Fleabag") who will become instant fan favorites from the supporting players.

Many people also like the cast especially Donald Glover who plays the character of Lando Carlrissian. This is how Solo was before the galaxy chewed up all the youthful optimism he had about life and spit him back out.

"And there's another meet-cute, come to think of it: the love that flowers between man and machine, between the reckless pilot and the sleekly iconic Millennium Falcon". Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan wrote the screenplay.

Star Wars has transcended generations but when Revenge of the Sith was released in 2005, many fans assumed that this galaxy far far away had come to a close and we wouldn't be seeing any new films.

With other characters like Woody Harrelson and Paul Bettany, they both played their parts well as Beckett and Dryden Vos, respectively.

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.

With Solo: A Star Wars Story, veteran journeyman Ron Howard had a tough task ahead of him.

In between these shoot-em-ups, Han makes a dash from his grey, industrialised home planet, enlists in and then deserts from the Empire's army, joins a band of robbers, and makes an impressive number of new friends; considering that the film is entitled Solo, it's remarkable how little time its protagonist spends alone.

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