– by Joseph Jammer Medina

In less than a month, we’ll see the finish line of a film that’s been the subject of a lot of headlines for just under a year now. Hell, Solo: A Star Wars Story was a film that not a lot of fans really wanted to see, for fear of it not living up to the wonderful story we all had in our heads (and as Star Wars: The Last Jedi proves, fans are terrible at handling that). And then there were the production troubles.

The film started off strong enough with directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller getting fired with only a few weeks left in principal photography. Reportedly, they were turning Han Solo into a goofier character and turning the film into more of a comedy than Lucasfilm wanted. Since then, Ron Howard has taken over as director, but given all that drama, fans have been understandably uncertain as to whether or not the film would be any good.

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This brings us to the review embargo. Generally speaking, if a film’s review embargo is lifted right before the release of a film, it’s an indication that a studio is trying to hide the film from critics, so that audiences won’t have a chance to use a service like Rotten Tomatoes to decide whether or not to see them. Also, generally speaking, if a film’s embargo lifts a week or so early, it’s proof that they have in the film.

We’ve just had word that the review embargo is at 2pm PT on May 15, 2018 — a full 10 days before the movie’s official release on May 25, 2018. Additionally, it’s the same day that the film premieres at the Cannes Film Festival in France. This would seem to indicate that, despite the drama, Solo: A Star Wars Story may indeed be a story worth seeing — at least that’s what Lucasfilm and Disney seem to think.

What do you think of this embargo lift? Are you more optimistic that it’ll be a good film? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.