Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Solo: A Star Wars Story review round-up: 'It's pure fan service'

Solo: A Star Wars Story review round-up: 'It's pure fan service'

And Ford has a habit of coming up with some of the best moments himself, like the "I know" scene in The Empire Strikes Back and the swordsman scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is the first Star Wars movie where it hasn't felt like it's being crushed by the portentous weight of what's to come. The studio has been cranking out "Star Wars" movies with the rapidity of chocolates on Lucy and Ethel's conveyor belt. I duly took my seat last night with my own personal lightsaber of breathless anticipation having developed something of a droop. There are other key elements that probably are best left to the experience. "Of course, there are still many stories to tell about Han and Chewbacca, but Lando will be next". How do you portray one of Hollywood's most iconic performances with a completely different actor? Under Kennedy, Star Wars has gotten progressively worse, which should be unheard of as the franchise is an easy seller to the fans; however, Kennedy's approach has been anything but fan-friendly.

Ultimately, it's what the fans think that will really count, and there's still a week-plus to find out as Solo: A Star Wars Story officially opens on May 25. In my mind, Rogue One has the upper hand. And it is mystifyingly dark, in colour rather than content, nearly as if the film stock has been washed in ditchwater. A brief shutdown of the film later, and Ron Howard was hired to retool the movie and complete it. There was always going to be someone who didn't like the choice of Ehrenreich, and now Harrison Ford-enthusiast, Nick Acosta, has used the powers of technology to show us a new version of the film digitally forcing a young Harrison Ford into the movie. We catch him only after he has become a strapping lad gutsy enough to take on the crime syndicates that have run amok on Planet Corellia. He is a graduate of the school of hard knocks, an orphan and petty thief, a sci-fi Artful Dodger.

They might wish, though, that it had grander ambitions.

"You look good, a little rougher on the edges, but you look very good": that is the compliment that the handsome Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) pays Han - very apt indeed - when the two meet a few years after they are separated in a bid to escape from the "mean streets" of a fascist, lawless planet in "a galaxy far, far away".

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And, finally, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) might get his biggest and best role yet in the franchise, now a true supporting character in his own right here rather than just Han's sidekick or glorified pet. Chewie has his own goals to reach in this story instead of just being in service of the other characters' agendas, and he even gets one of the movie's biggest laughs. When their paths cross again - this time at a cocktail bash hosted by arch-villain Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) - the times, and the equations, have changed beyond recognition. The story involves the theft of a cache of coaxium, which is both starship fuel and fuel for a revolution.

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But where, and how? Deeply entwined when they first meet, their reunion has a real sense of tension - neither person is able to recapture what they once had. Glover's Calrissian sounds like the actor who originally played him, Billy Dee Williams, and has a flawless style. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is fantastic in a breakout role as L3-37.

Together, this unlikely band plunge into a series of misadventures, which, without wishing to give anything away, leads them into at least one close encounter with a monstrous octopus thingy the size of a planet.

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