LOW­DOWN ON THE SOLO MAN

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FIRST RE­VIEW SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY LEIGH PAATSCH

HERE is all you need to know go­ing in to Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Solo is not a big-time Star Wars movie. It is a good-time

Star Wars movie. If you want this ori­gin tale of how Han Solo got his start in the wise­crack­ing fly-boy busi­ness to be packed with deep and mean­ing­ful men­tions of the Force, or fresh canon fod­der about the Jedi way, you’ve come to the wrong place.

How­ever, if you want the up­beat low­down on when Han first met Chew­bacca, got the keys to the Mil­len­nium Fal­con, or ac­quired his leg­endary skills as a mav­er­ick pi­lot — mak­ing friends, en­e­mies and mis­chief along the way — then you are def­i­nitely in the right place. The big as­ter­isk most Star

Wars lif­ers will have on Solo is how con­vinc­ingly the rel­a­tive un­known Alden Ehren­re­ich will step into the shoes of Har­ri­son Ford as a younger, greener Han.

There is no real need to worry here. While the fresh­faced (and no­tice­ably smaller) Ehren­re­ich doesn’t carry any of Ford’s grouchy, yet good-na­tured grav­i­tas, he does get the up-for-any­thing at­ti­tude of Han Solo just right.

The space-cow­boy swag­ger of Han is fore­shad­owed in a learn­ing-on-the-job kind of way, and wisely so. Any sort of im­per­son­ation of Ford would have killed the play­ful vibe here in sec­onds flat.

The Solo sto­ry­line tracks to about a decade be­fore the events of where Star Wars be­gan for ev­ery­one ( Episode IV — A New Hope). While the plot­ting of Solo:

A Star Wars Story is fast­paced and fun, the many mas­sive ac­tion se­quences do get a bit samey af­ter a while (and are the rea­son why the run­ning time goes well past the two-hour mark).

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY OPENS IN CIN­E­MAS NEXT THURS­DAY

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