Solo: a STAR wars STORY

Out 24 Septem­ber / cert 12 / 135 mins

Empire (UK) - - HOME SCREEN - James white

Ar­riv­ing with a Wook­iee-sized level of ex­pec­ta­tion and judge­ment on its shoul­ders, Solo: A Star Wars Story might not have set any box of­fice records to go with its hero’s Kes­sel Run achieve­ment, but it was cer­tainly fun. I’d had con­cerns over Alden ehren­re­ich’s abil­ity to chan­nel the swag­ger and charm that Har­ri­son Ford all but copy­righted, but he puts his own imp­ish stamp on the char­ac­ter. Awash in pro­duc­tion night­mares given the di­rec­tor swap from Phil Lord and chris Miller to Ron ‘Safe Hands’ Howard more than half­way through shoot­ing, it’s a won­der that this works at all. Yet it art­fully riffs on a heist movie, fills in a lot of the blanks on Han (not that they needed fill­ing in), and sprin­kles Star Wars ref­er­ences aplenty with­out ever feel­ing gra­tu­itous. Plus I’ve a lot of time for Phoebe Waller-bridge’s L3-37 and would hap­pily watch an ori­gin story all about the talk­a­tive droid’s past ad­ven­tures.

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