‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review: Prepare for an Unexpectedly Bold Adventure

Solo is usually not the Star Wars story you are anticipating. of which’s a fun, unexpectedly bold adventure of which reaches edges of the Star Wars galaxy never thought imaginable on the big screen.

of which may not seem like of which on the surface, nevertheless exploring what made Han Solo the charismatic smuggler we meet (as well as who absolutely shoots first) in Mos Eisley Cantina in A brand new wish is usually a gutsy thing to do. Much like its anthology predecessor, Rogue One, Solo: A Star Wars Story is usually not about the Jedi, the Sith, the Force or lightsabers. of which does not have an opening crawl or a score by John Williams. brand new actors portray beloved characters we’ve known most of — if not our entire — lives. These aren’t necessarily criticisms, nevertheless explain why of which takes a hot minute to recognize of which you are, in fact, watching a Star Wars film.

Solo takes a solid 30 minutes or so to find its footing, nevertheless once of which does — right around the time Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian comes into play — This specific adventure makes the jump to lightspeed as well as doesn’t slow down.

Legendary screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan (The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens) teamed up with his son, Jonathan Kasdan, to script the Han Solo flick, which is usually directed by Ron Howard, who stepped in after Phil Lord as well as Christopher Miller departed over “creative differences.” Despite behind-the-scenes drama, the combination of Howard as well as the elder Kasdan brings a sense of nostalgic warmth to This specific space western-inspired heist flick.

Much like Han Solo himself, the film isn’t without flaws, nevertheless none stem by actor Alden Ehrenreich’s portrayal of the iconic outlaw. Any apprehensions should quickly melt away, as the 28-year-old captures Han Solo’s roguish charm without impersonating Harrison Ford. As you might expect, Glover’s take on the suave Lando Calrissian (as well as his many capes) is usually the scene-stealer throughout. In fact, some of the biggest laughs of any Star Wars film to date come courtesy of Lando as well as his sassy droid as well as co-pilot, L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Let’s just say she is usually…not shy. 

Newcomers Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), Val (Thandie Newton), Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) as well as Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) all bring something brand new to the holochess table, nevertheless the heart of Solo, at least for me, lies within the blossoming friendship between Han as well as Chewbacca. Hats off to Chewbacca actor Joonas Suotamo, who discreetly stepped into the franchise to take on more action-intensive scenes for original Chewie actor, Peter Mayhew, in 2015’s The Force Awakens as well as has since assumed the reigns almost entirely. Solo lays down the foundation of what brings Han as well as his Wookiee first mate together, with some true tug-at-your-heartstrings moments due to Ehrenreich as well as Suotamo’s seamless chemistry.

When bringing to life the story of Han, Chewie as well as Lando’s younger years, I anticipated the movie would likely touch on well-known beats like the Kessel Run, Chewie’s life debt as well as Han winning the Falcon by Lando. (Some of these things happen, some don’t). as well as of which’s not of which Solo is usually lacking in familiarity, nevertheless of which goes to some unexpected places, for better as well as for worse.

The ending, in particular, takes Star Wars lore to a bold place of which potentially might not land with casual as well as diehard fans alike. Solo challenges viewers to dive deeper into the mythology as well as of which will be interesting to see how these gutsier moments are received — as well as whether or not fans are onboard with the direction This specific potential franchise could be taking. After all, Solo appears to be a jumping-off point for a series of films, though director Ron Howard told ET of which wasn’t necessarily the plan. (More to come on of which later).

I wasn’t terribly worried about spoilers ahead of Solo. nevertheless having seen of which, I urge you to avoid them at all costs. We’ll dive into spoilers after Discharge, as there is usually plenty to unpack. nevertheless first, buckle up, make the jump to lightspeed as well as enjoy the fun adventure of which is usually Solo: A Star Wars Story, out May 25. 

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