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Review Roundup: Critics Weigh In On SOLO
May 25 2018, 02:58 | Perry Erickson
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With Solo: A Star Wars Story nearly a week away, it's hard to stay away from the Dark Side of the Force, also known as significant spoilers for the film.
That means the entire lineup of Star Wars Pop figures is up for grabs in the sale - right down to their brand new wave of figures for Solo: A Star WarsStory. The film tells us how Han got to be called Solo, but for the most part he isn't alone at all. This theme is driven home in the film's worst passages of dialogue, majority between Solo and Qi'Ra, who ominously assures him she's not the same girl he once knew. Here's one of the latest four posters to be added. However, this story also focuses on those in the grey areas looking to make a quick buck.
I still remember watching the very first Star Wars movie on VHS as a kid. Laced with humour and a sustained air of insouciance, this tale, helmed expertly by Ron Howard (who came on board halfway through the production), lets us into the formative circumstances that led to Han Solo becoming the rakish rebel pilot that pop culture celebrates.
Set a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, Solo introduces its title character as an opportunistic scavenger who dreams of starting a new life on another planet. Even though the movie doesn't open to the public until next week, the embargo that the studio had placed on reviews ended just this afternoon, so our critic Bob Mondello can now tell us about it - nothing spoilery of course, just where and how it fits or doesn't. Let us know down in the comments.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a droid too earned plaudits. And as we know Ehrenreich is signed on for more movies, Solo does a good job of setting up the intrigue of that saga, while taking care of most of the "oh THAT's where that came from" moments so the later films don't have to. Though first reactions to the standalone were largely stellar, with critics applauding Alden Ehrenreich's take on young Han Solo and calling him "the real deal", many still wondered if Solo would soar or stumble upon launch.
There is nothing much here that will surprise Star Wars fans but there is nothing that should disappoint them either. Either way, it's hard to feel that "Solo" is anything other than an average, fun time at the movies in keeping with similar blockbusters from other sources.
All the key roles are impressively played: Glover does Billy Dee Williams proud as slick cheeky chappie Calrission; Bettany exudes ice-cold malevolence as scarred Dryden Vos; Clarke makes Qi'ra a potent enigma; and best of all is Harrelson, who brings an effortless charisma to scoundrel Beckett.