Solo: A Star Wars Story fun, entertaining

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Nobody asked for a Han Solo origin story, but Disney made one anyway, and it’s pretty fun. So check out Solo: A Star Wars Story and enjoy another entertaining visit to that galaxy far, far away.

The new film is not part of the main Star Wars saga, so don’t expect appearances from new fan favorites like Rey or Kylo Ren. Instead, Solo is another spin-off film telling its own little story.

That story is of how a young Han Solo goes from being a street rat on the planet Corellia to captain of the Millennium Falcon. Basically, it’s your standard caper flick, as a band of scoundrels get together to pull off a high stakes heist. It’s got exciting action, close calls, double crosses and clever twists; all the usual trappings of a good heist movie.

It’s especially fun because the heist is flavored with all the familiar Star Wars stuff you already know and love: spaceships, blasters, droids and Chewbacca. If you’ve ever wanted to hear the story of how Han Solo became best pals with Chewbacca, this is the movie for you.

Solo: A Star Wars Story plays things safe and enjoyable. It doesn’t try to re-invent the wheel, nor does it try to change how you think about Star Wars. It’s just a solid, entertaining movie set in an already popular franchise. The action is very energetic, with top quality CGI special effects. Everything looks and feels both real and relatively familiar.

Actor Alden Ehrenreich plays the titular Han Solo and he’s clearly enjoying his role as the boastful scoundrel. He’s no Harrison Ford, but he also doesn’t try to be. Ehrenreich makes the role his own and he easily carries the film. Likewise, actor Donald Glover brings a similar original charm to Lando Calrissian, the two actors playing well off each other to give new life to these classic characters.

Emelia Clarke, popular on the Game of Thrones TV show, does a fine job in the love interest role, and Woody Harrelson rounds out the main cast with his usual affable charm. There isn’t a sour note in the bunch, with characters new and old coming to life on the screen.

If you’ve grown bored of seeing one new Star Wars movie after another, Solo: A Star Wars Story might change your mind. It doesn’t try to be the next great thing in pop culture. It’s just a fun action flick with plenty of neat moments and a cast of nifty characters.

Anytime you’ve got Chewbacca starring in a new film automatically makes it worth watching — Star Wars Holiday Special notwithstanding.

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