It's hard to say what really results from these corporate winks at global inequality, but they will doubtlessly date the new Star Wars films more conspicuously than any hairdo or hemline from Lucas's original trilogy.
Although the end result will not likely find itself occupying an upper berth in the Star Wars movie pantheon, there's enough here to satisfy the fan base and give Disney a very strong turnout (it received its Cannes premiere on Tuesday) when it opens. You can see a little bit, but it's certainly not almost as egregious as Justice League, the new gold standard of Frankensteined blockbusters.
Michael Rechtshaffen, The Hollywood Reporter: "Of course, one need not look any further than the poster to know that, along the way, Han will also meet up with faithful companion Chewbacca (former basketball player Joonas Suotamo) and, equally notably, Lando Calrissian (the wildly magnetic Donald Glover doing Billy Dee Williams proud in a casually scene-stealing turn)". "So when there would come a job where that was maybe being discussed, again, it's shocking - actually shocking". Even though the movie is not bereft of issues, mainly a long, unassuming first act, some characters not fully utilised, there are many positives to be taken going by the reviews. But (Ron) Howard has given him precious little to capture by way of an arresting production design or palette.
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. In fact, some of the biggest laughs of any Star Wars film to date come courtesy of Lando and his sassy droid and co-pilot, L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). She believes that Lando has feelings for her, men and robots can definitely have sex, and even convinces other robots to rise up against their masters. Through its forty-plus years of existence, Star Wars has spawned so many memorable bad guys that it's easy to feel disappointed when a new one doesn't stack up to the legacy. Ultimately, she isn't given enough to do.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is released in United Kingdom cinemas on May 24. Eventually their association with Vos leads Solo to discover an oppressed desert community, Howard's film picking up the thread of belabored wokeness that marked The Last Jedi's most frantic fumbles in the name of political urgency.
This approach works for Marvel because it apes the nature of comic books, which constantly feature crossovers and elaborate word-building, but Star Wars has a different duty, and confusing things too much only serves to ostracize those who haven't understood every detail of this world. That being said, The Last Jedi seemed to be an anomaly when it comes to Rotten Tomatoes, with the rest of the franchise's movies normally coming to a consensus among audiences and critics.