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Solo: A Star Wars Story

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During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

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Cast

Alden Ehrenreich – Han Solo

Emilia Clarke – Qi’ra

Woody Harrelson – Tobias Beckett

Donald Glover – Lando Calrissian

Thandie Newton – Val

Phoebe Waller-Bridge – L3-37

Paul Bettany – Dryden Vos

Joonas Suotamo – Chewbacca

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Going Solo

This movie is in a class of its own. It seems to vary from previous Star Wars productions in the sense that Han Solo gets his own spotlight. In almost spin-off style, this movie focuses on the young chap as he goes about doing things. I say ‘things’ because I actually lost interest a few minutes in and found my mobile phone more entertaining (whilst keeping the brightness at its lowest, I’m not a total cinema wanker). This movie is a load of space crafts whizzing through the air and actors running around trying to whip up an air of excitement; elements of film I have witnessed time and time again, but in various time zones and on different planets. It really is nothing new.

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This may be a look into the early days of Han, but I don’t think we need it. As if there aren’t enough Star Wars films, episodes, spin-off’s.. this is simply an unnecessary addition to it all. Plus the previous Star Wars movie was a matter of months ago. This one focuses largely on Han and how he develops his fighting skills by joining the Imperial Navy. Cue a load of butt-numbingly boring scenes when Tobias (Harrelson) pops up and becomes Hans’s mentor. The actor – in his classic selfsame style – presents the gruff go-to guy who wisecracks his way through the script; thus viewers receive the one and only character who can deliver rude dialogue and get away with it because it was spoken in jest. That’s right – Harrelson gives you the ‘ropey on the outside, intelligent on the inside’ redneck character he always does. Nothing much changes there.

There is something missing here; a hole in the movie which turns it to utter tripe within the first 20-30 minutes. Visually, you can’t go wrong. Solo: A Star Wars Story crams enough CGI into the film that the screen is bursting at the seams with colour and clarity. It makes a constantly vibrant watch and should appeal to young as well as older viewers who love the entertainment that special effects bring. It’s all right here, aliens and all.

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Another element which should appeal to certain people is how the producers mix that classic otherworldly Star Wars atmosphere with a dash of modern-day bustle. Veering slightly away from the alien stuff, this movie contains a fast-moving scene which sees Han and Qi’ra dash through a transport departure bay. Minimal it may sound, but this part of the movie switched the sandy plains, lightsabers and flapping gowns for an authentic sense of urgency, a scenario similar to that of a couple pegging it through Heathrow airport’s Departures lounge to catch a flight. For once – no passing planets and stars or empty black void outside the windows, and more of a realistic city living feel.

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In summary, I would never sit through this movie again. It was a mission trying to think of the positives when writing this up. Star Wars has gone too far with this one, serving up a bland piece of action which has the exact same feel to it as a spin-off would. Fans of of the movies will no doubt be buying it to add to their collection as soon as it is released, I cannot deny it contains enough to keep them entertained. However, if you couldn’t give two shits about the franchise – avoid at all costs. Its recycled endeavour to wow audiences with showing Han before he reached his prime proves a tiresome one.

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