Despite the intermittent lags, the production proves to be more than a salvage operation thanks mainly to those engagingly choreographed performances, led by an irresistibly charismatic title turn from Alden Ehrenreich who ultimately claims Solo as his own even if he doesn’t entirely manage to convince us he’s Harrison Ford.
It’s galling for a movie that costs so much and takes up so much cultural space to try to do so little, but it’s a familiar disappointment, like the dull ache of a tooth that only bothers you when you bite down on it wrong.
Writer: Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Runtime: 2hr 15m
Long before they were heroes of the Rebellion, see how a scoundrel, a Wookie, and a notorious gambler met in that galaxy far, far away. Set in the years before the events of Episode IV: A New Hope, an unpredictable young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) navigates the seedy criminal underbelly of a galaxy dominated by the Empire. There he finds his future co-pilot in the mighty Chewbacca, and meets the ultimate frenemy in the always charming Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). But it also just might be the start of something truly beautiful: the love affair between one man and one Millennium Falcon…
Directed by Ron Howard, Solo: A Star Wars Story also stars Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
Did You Know?
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller left as writers of Untitled The Flash Film (2020) to work on the Han Solo film. Unfortunately, they left halfway through production, citing irreconcilable creative differences with producer Kathleen Kennedy and co-writer Lawrence Kasdan.