Tuesday, 14 August, 2018

Solo: A Star Wars Story provides macho young Han

Solo's Alden Ehrenreich is the loveable rogue we all hoped he would Solo's Alden Ehrenreich is the loveable rogue we all hoped he would
Ivan Hill | 04 June, 2018, 02:44

It goes without saying that Solo: A Star Wars Story was always going to bank on nostalgia. Just exactly how old is Han Solo when he helps save Luke's bacon before blowing up the Death Star?

Donald Glover in Solo: A Star Wars Story. He's cocky, very charismatic and an excellent pilot, but the vulnerability and innocence that Ehrenreich gives the character add more depth. It explains how the boyish thrillseeker became the roguish hero of the original trilogy. Although Ron Howard does a good job of focusing on single characters during action scenes so one can tell what is going on, Arrival cinematographer Bradford Young makes the proceedings a boring and dreary affair with a dark and dim lighting technique that never matches the story that is happening on the screen. He bonds so quickly and firmly with Chewbacca that he's hardly a Solo act at all - he's Han Duo.

However, in a third act twist, Han and Qi'ra ally themselves to Enfys Nest and the Cloud-Riders, a group of mauraders who actually turn out to be a rebel group who need the coaxium to make bombs to fight the Empire.

It could sink Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, the record-holder for the Memorial Day weekend in the United States market after the film made $139.8 million ($A184 million) in 2007.

The main plot involves the Kessel Run, a smuggler's route familiar to fans from a famous Solo brag, and a rush delivery of a highly prized but also highly explosive substance called coaxium.

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Director Ron Howard's latest sci-fi film venture Solo: A Star Wars Story, or simply Solo, is unlike previous franchise installments for one reason: Lando Calrissian is pansexual.

Speaking of Calrissian, Glover fully inhabits the role and once again proves that he is a creative force to be recorded with. A long-winded set of events later, Solo is helping his new crew steal hyperfuel for the vicious crimelord Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany).

The film, which serves as a prequel and shows the story of a young Hans Solo, is released in the United Kingdom today (May 24) and the BFI put together a special screening ahead of its wide release alongside a panel discussion with the films stars, Thandie Newton and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. There are some interesting roles for women - characters with fascinating back stories and motivations of their own.

The fears were largely unfounded. It was mostly about as obnoxious as any fan video claiming ownership over a thing they didn't create, but one of its more memorable assertions was "Star Wars is a Western".

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