Lando Might Be The Next Star Wars Spin-Off Movie

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Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in New Zealand cinemas on May 24.

With the assist of Google Translate, here's a rough translation of what she said: "There are still many stories to be told about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next".

Some Star Wars aficionados were annoyed by how much The Last Jedi subverted their expectations. To be honest, Solo feels like fan fiction.

"In a role that demands greatness, he is, in a word, okay", wrote Nick Schager of The Daily Beast, adding that the movie "sacrifices Han Solo's swagger for a bland origin story". The final result is a fairly entertaining film that is nonetheless completely middle-of-the-road. Long story short, we got our Lando hopes up for nothing. (Emilia) Clarke's character has many layers, but none of them quite seem connected to each other, and she comes across as much too nice to do some of the things she ends up doing. Solo makes it; Qi'ra doesn't.

So what sort of schedule can we expect if Lando is suddenly next in the pipeline? "And while that means the story lacks the depth some might crave, it still offers plenty of fun, and (impressively for a prequel) the odd surprise along the way". Firstly, they need a reliable starship.

Of the new characters, the one who truly shines brightest - and damn near steals the show - is the fiercely independent droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), whose acerbic personality and cutting wit is even sharper than Rogue One's K2SO.

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The story is not bad but it also isn't great. We understand why things turn out the way they do, and this manages to imbue the legend of Han Solo himself with a well-earned deeper meaning. During the promotion of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the Cannes Film Festival, the prolific producer told the magazine Première that Lando would be the next character to lead a movie, according to Fortune. A movie showing his rise from smuggler to the man running a city could be fascinating, and Glover is more than capable of leading his own film. The Kessel Run actually felt like something that needed to be dramatised, and Ron Howard does a really good job of making it a truly legendary mission.

Director Ron Howard ("A Beautiful Mind", "Apollo 13") is known for being a workmanlike deliverer of flawless adequacy through his four decades as a filmmaker. A strong director with seemingly no outstanding personal traits, he is perfectly suited for safe studio movies, as he rarely brings anything new to the table.

In contrast to that, there are some critics that don't like the movie.

Part of that might have to do with behind-the-scenes drama spilling onto the screen, after veteran director Ron Howard replaced "The Lego Movie" duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller well into the process.

Yes, anyone who has studied English and Irish poetry and theatre will be as distracted as I was by the fact that one character is Beckett, another is Dryden, and during one scene they namecheck each other about 20 times. Ultimately, she isn't given enough to do.

So it would have been a miracle if the movie even turned out to be half-decent. Han goes through a lot of character development in the original trilogy, which makes any kind of attempt at development here far more stunted.

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