Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Life&Culture | By Sue Mclaughlin

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story

Though he often flashes an nearly irresistible 84-tooth smile, Ehrenreich doesn't quite have the natural swagger of a young Harrison Ford in the original trilogy.

For a movie that was fraught with so many well-publicized production problems - including the replacement during production of its original directors, Christopher Miller and Phil Lord, with Ron Howard - "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is a pretty smooth piece of entertainment.

Rogue One was something of an unknown entity when it came out in 2016, being the first Star Wars "anthology tale" of its kind.

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"Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace": Anakin Skywalker, a young slave with a penchant for electronics, is discovered on Tatooine to be a more-than-strong wielder of the Force by Jedi Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi. When he can, Han runs scams and steals speeders.

It seems the galaxy is full of such scoundrels and gangsters plotting to out-scoundrel one another, with young Han either working for them, learning from them, cheating them, or opposing them. The latter pushed the corporatized franchise in surprising new directions and reexamined flyboy machismo central to the Lucas mythos (and especially its most recent iteration).

But before Han and Chewie can get to Jabba, they need the fastest ship in the galaxy.

Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo and Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.

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For Solo to not be the unmitigated disaster that it threatened to be for the better part of the past year is shocking.

But it became a huge hit; scoring positive reviews and a $155 million debut weekend - going on to cross over $1bn worldwide.

Read below for the details - but only if you want to know! For much of the first half of "Solo", you're still adjusting to the fit - as if someone had altered the ergonomics of the Millennium Falcon's cockpit seats. It never gives the impression that it's freefalling in outer space, and unlike Justice League, it feels directed, and not... assembled. He aims to accomplish this by falling in with a crew of thieves and smugglers led by Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Val (Thandie Newton, "Westworld"). I feel when you tell an origin story - about why someone is the way they are - you delve into the character's emotions and psyche. These films are created to feel like they belong in a larger series, and not to a particular filmmaker. Beckett asks. It's one of the many unsubtle references to things to come, and a fallback refrain in "Solo" where some of the most memorable and pleasing moments are winking references to future memorable lines.

But despite everything, Lord and Miller's fingerprints haven't been completely erased, and their idiosyncrasies are still there for all to see, particularly in the casting. It takes a while getting used to, but he has that glint in his eye and that smile across his face - and before long, you know you have one on yours.

Everyone in the cast is good, but it nearly felt like they were handed roles they could play in their sleep, from Woody Harrelson as the sleazy but charming rogue, to Paul Bettany as the officious eeeeeevil guy, to Emilia Clarke, who gets to look imperious while wearing a lot of capes.

This is what I call foundation film.

Those of us who have slavishly shown up to these movies since the Carter Administration have been telling ourselves roughly the same thing every time. It even reveals how Solo got his unusual name, although we can only guess why he slings a golden pair of dice over the rearview mirror of his Speeder, like a sci-fi version of a Fifties greaser.

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