Solo: A Star Wars Story – Film #44

Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, or rabid womp rat?

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Anyone remember that time between 1983 and 1999? A whole 16 years between Star Wars films, then again another ten years from 2005 to 2015….then since then, one Star Wars film a year.

Thats the time we are in now. Disney own the rights, Disney will throw money at the franchise and basically kick out anything they want which will continue to raise their stock in the product.

When Force Awakens hit, I wanted it to be amazing…and it was decent, but lacked something. Then came standalone movie Rogue One, which absolutely blew me away. Everything worked and fit together into the saga so well. Then they nailed it again in my eyes with The Last Jedi….surely the Star Wars saga was due a Jar Jar Binks in amongst the Chewbaccas….a real pile of bantha fodder….

…yet this isn’t it.

Solo tells the story of a young Han Solo (although Solo was a name given to him, which we see pretty early in this film), played by Alden Ehrenreich who is trying to become a pilot, own his own ship and return to find lost love Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). Along the way, Solo’s cunning and mouthy charm lands him in trouble wherever he goes, leading him to meet Chewbacca…and the story begins.

This is a great film and one which fits into the Star Wars Universe brilliantly. We get some vital backstory for Han Solo, which leads into Episode 4 really well…even if the timelines do feel a little “off” towards the end…something I am going to have to read up about.

There’s plenty in there for diehard fans to enjoy. Plenty of nods and references to things we know and love. Once again we have a brilliant droid called L3, voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Donald Glover really plays the suave and eccentric Lando Calrissian perfectly. Even Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos really puts in a creepy, evil villian performance.

Alden’s portrayal of Han, at first left me feeling like it was mis-cast, but as the film progresses, everything comes together with him. I don’t know if the movie was shot in chronological order or not, but it feels like he settled into the role more as it went along.

A fantastic addition to the franchise and this won’t be the last time I see this

4.5/5

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