Solo: a STAR wars STORY
Out 24 September / cert 12 / 135 mins
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.