Solo: A Star Wars Story Box Office Could Score Memorial Day Record

Brenda Watkins
May 27, 2018

In Solo, Lando is played by Donald Glover, a multihyphenate known for often pushing boundaries in his acting and music endeavors.

However, there was a reference made by one of the characters in Solo: A Star Wars Story that caught me completely off guard and made me check online to see if others heard it correctly after the movie was finished.

In the film's most moving and amusing scene, Solo meets Chewbacca in a muddy pit and, after persuading the starving Wookiee not to eat him, forges what will become a famous alliance. No matter how competent a whizz-bang space odyssey Solo can be, it's also about as unimaginative and rote a Star Wars film as there has ever been.

With that in mind, here's a quick movie timeline, spanning from the introduction of a baby-faced Anakin Skywalker to the recent debuts of Rey and Finn, ideal for your next movie marathon. It's basically an old-school Saturday-serial b-movie-which of course is exactly the sort of picture that inspired the whole Star Wars project.

Meanwhile, the Jedi's evil counterparts, the Sith, have resurfaced. But numerous earlier Star Wars pictures were able to at least create the illusion of sci-fi sleaziness with their glimpses at various facets of the galaxy's criminal underworld.

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On another planet, his mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi, uncovers a sinister plot that leads to war. In Solo: "A Star Wars Story, Daniels plays a character named Tak (in honor of famed cinematographer Tak Fujimoto) who shares a scene on Kessel with the Wookies, but Daniels is playing a human and not a Wookie". In fact, Howard and Lucas talked over the idea of a new Star Wars film before the prequel movies were filmed.

This moment in the "Star Wars" timeline brought together ordinary people who signed up with the rebellion and give their lives for freedom. Han also encounters Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the vain and dashing intergalactic smuggler whose spaceship he covets.

Luke helps rescue them, though Solo is captured, and Luke finds out that Vader is his father. Whatever Howard did in order to keep this on track, it all works nicely and has the benefit of a smart script from Star Wars vet Lawrence Kasdan and son, Jonathan Kasdan. Howard was making hot rod movies (Grand Theft Auto) for Roger Corman; George Lucas (American Graffiti) was making them too, starring Ron Howard.

Still, Solo does an admirable job of imagining some new-yet-dingy corners of the universe, and it's chockablock with instant-classic Star Wars details, like the creepy head in a jar that sings back-up at a villain-packed club, or the light-allergic giant worm that menaces Han early in the film.

In the months leading up to the release of the first Star Wars spin-off, Rogue One (2016), there was a good deal of excitement regarding its diverse cast. Supreme Leader Snoke, the latest Sith Lord, looks to crush what's left of the Resistance.

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