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Han Solo flies with style and charisma in “Solo: A Star Wars Story”
June 5, 2018
Solo in his younger days is a blast and a fun ride
Alden Ehrenreich (“Hail, Caesar”) stars as Han Solo in his younger days before his introduction in “Star Wars: A New Hope.” We see how he got his blaster, how he got the Millennium Falcon, and how he met Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
The film starts with Han on the run from people that he stole from on the planet, Corellia, a lawless planet with his lover, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke of “Game of Thrones”). Hyperfuel is the resource with the most valuable currency and they have a chance to leave when he has stolen a small vial of coaxium, which is the most valuable hyperfuel.
When they get to the gates to leave Corellia, Qi’ra gets apprehended and Han vows to go back for her. Three years later, he has joined the Imperial Army but he’s been kicked out of the flight academy for having a mind of his own. In the middle of the battlefield, he meets thieves posing as Imperial Soldiers.
The thieves are Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), his wife Val (Thandie Newton), and their pilot, Rio (Jon Faverau). Han tries to blackmail them but he gets sent to battle a beast in captivity, who turns out to be Chewbacca.
In his captivity, they help each other escape, then Han takes Chewbacca with him for a heist that Beckett has set up. The heist goes wrong and they go to meet the leader of the criminal syndicate behind the heist that went wrong, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany, “Avengers: Infinity War”).
A new crew is assembled when they go to the planet Kessel to meet Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover, “Atlanta”) since his ship, the Millennium Falcon, is the fastest in the galaxy. Han and Lando play a game of sabacc, a high stakes gambling game, for the ship.
We see the infamous Kessel Run and how that happened. Lando gets injured, Han pilots the ship for the first time, and how the Millennium Falcon became the ship that we know and love now.
The film is a roller coaster but it’s not the kind of film that has heavy emotional weight like an Oscar-worthy film does. It’s a roller coaster that is expected to be mediocre but it ends up being an all-around good time.
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo is amazing; he takes the role that was played by Harrison Ford at first and makes the character his own. It would have been easy to do an impersonation of Harrison Ford playing Han Solo, but it would not have worked and people would not be buzzing about him.
The biggest standout of the film is Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. He oozes charm and brings some depth to the character. By the end of the film, we see him as a different character than we did when he was introduced in “The Empire Strikes Back.” This was a dream role for him and he did more than deliver with this role.
The film has pacing issues, but it’s not bothersome and it doesn’t take any risks with the “Star Wars” franchise like recently with “The Last Jedi”. Also, there is a surprise cameo that isn’t needed but when the film ends, some fans will leave with mouths wide open or a huge smile on their face.