LOWDOWN ON THE SOLO MAN
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).
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