Mud­dled Solo saga dark and de­press­ing

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It has been 19 years since an of­fer­ing in the Star Wars fran­chise has missed the mark as com­pletely as Solo: A Star Wars Story.

The lat­est of­fer­ing has plenty of prob­lems but as long as Star Wars: Episode I — The Phan­tom Men­ace has Jar Jar Binks, it would take a dis­as­ter the size of an ex­plod­ing Death Star to bump Men­ace from the place as the worst Star Wars movie. Solo comes in sec­ond. This tale of the younger days of the rogu­ish Han Solo (Alden Ehren­re­ich) is a mud­dled story pre­sented in a dark and de­press­ing man­ner that fails to in­tro­duce any new mem­o­rable char­ac­ters.

The act­ing is OK — es­pe­cially a very charis­matic per­for­mance from Ehren­re­ich — and there are the bits and pieces that link to­gether with the Star Wars uni­verse that diehard fans will love. That’s not enough to lift the movie any higher than a level of medi­ocrity.

The film starts with a young Han Solo try­ing to find a way that he and his true love, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), can get their own ship and es­cape a vile and op­pres­sive world. When their plan fails, Solo finds him­self in a war that he hates and author­ity fig­ures he dis­likes even more.

It’s dif­fi­cult to de­cide who should shoul­der the ma­jor­ity of the blame for the prob­lems with the film as Ron Howard was brought in to fin­ish the pro­duc­tion af­ter there were cre­ative dif­fer­ences with the orig­i­nal di­rec­tors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Howard has di­rected spe­cial-ef­fects films (Wil­low) that had a smooth and solid rhythm to the ac­tion se­quences. He shows no such con­trol with Solo, as the ac­tion scenes go be­yond the point from be­ing ex­cit­ing to re­dun­dant.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37, Alden Ehren­re­ich as Han Solo and Don­ald Glover as Lando Cal­ris­sian.

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