Solo: A Star Wars Story

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2018 (UK), Fantasy/Science Fiction, 2h 15m

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany & Warwick Davis

Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a 190-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission — the Millennium Falcon.

This film probably isn’t as bad as what I’ve rated it, but I just don’t like Star Wars – never have. I must admit that Solo, along with Rogue One, are the two which I found the most enjoyable, but even these two just didn’t do it for me.

Solo is for the die hard Star Wars fans and there are millions across the globe – but did it need to be made? I don’t think so, because did anybody really care about Han Solo’s backstory? Again, it might just be me.

It tries to tick every box to include elements from across genres: Science Fiction, Western, Romance, Comedy, Thriller! As a result, the film often feels complicated.

The cast however are great, and some of the best acting in the franchise is delivered here – and the last act was shocking and quite enjoyable.

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