Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
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Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas
Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Linda Hunt, Andrew Woodall, Warwick Davis, Aaron Heffernan, Hal Fowler, Clint Howard, Anthony Daniels, Kiran Shah, Jason Wong, Robert Morgan, Dave Chapman, Andrew Jack, Sam Witwer, Ray Park, Deepak Anand, Richard Dixon, James Filanowski, Sean James, Jackson Kai, Slim Khezri, Tyrone Love, Clem So
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Han Shot first
Favorite Movie Quote: "I'm gonna be a pilot... best in the galaxy."
Before Luke, before, before Chewbacca, Jabba, before the Falcon, there was a hot shot pilot who was destined to become the best in the galaxy. Hs name is Han Solo.
Han (Alden Ehrenreich) was, in his native planet's description, a mud rat, doing whatever e could t survive, until he escaped to parts unknown. Bouncing from situation to situation, the first part of the film resembled his older counterpart in the Indiana Jones series. The action was wild and wooly, narrowly escaping every death trap. After the dizzying foreplay, Han joins up with Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a racketeer, who he hopes will give him the means to buy a ship to rescue his girlfriend, Q'ra (Emilia Clarke) who was captured before she had time to escape.
What follows is a retrofitting of the Star Wars canon, from Han's point of view – the smuggling, the Millennium Falcon, the Kessel Run, and other bits and pieces from the original series. Director Ron Howard keeps the action at an exhausting pace, letting only enough time to squeeze in some exposition, then back into the action. The story wasn't forced fit; everything made logical sense, one small comment; there is another (?) model of the Falcon. It's not that different, but after eight films, one does notice the slight differences. One downside: although composer John Williams usually cranks out themes that has this reviewer humming out of the theater, his music was surprisingly forgettable. There wasn't a single theme that was memorable. Even his The FORCE AWAKENS had that dreadful Kylo Ren theme. But SOLO – eh!
On my personal rating scale, with "5" being drop everything and see the video now; if you're female, bear the producers' children and "0" being burn down the theater, murder the staff, and violate their dog, this movie earns a "5." Yes, it was that good. SOLO had all the features of a great popcorn movie – lots of action, lots of explosions, a story (!), and enough surprises and teasers to keep your interest. And by teasers, this reviewer expects this to be a trilogy, as there were many open-ended storylines.
SOLO is rated PG-13 for action and adventure, and is family-friendly enough, with no coarse language, sex, or nudity. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Sotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany. Written by Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan, and George Lucas, and directed by Ron Howard, SOLO: a STAR WARS STORY is in theaters now.
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