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Summer Movie Review: ‘Solo’ ties nicely to old films, yet stands on its own

Carson Frisch, Staff Writer

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     Solo: A Star Wars Story is a action/sci-fi film about Han Solo’s origins. The story starts with about Han (Alden Ehrenreich) escaping Corellia, where kids have to steal to survive. He does this by stealing coaxium, a valuable fuel, and tries to flee the crime ridden-planet with his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) they trade the coaxium for passage on an outgoing transport, but Qi’ra is apprehended. Han pledges that he will come back for Han join the imperial flight academy. The recruiting officer asked him for his surname but Han said he had no family so the officer cave him the surname Solo.
     Three years later, Han is expelled from the Imperial Flight Academy for never listening to what they asked of him, so he was sent to serve as an infantryman on Mimban. He encounters a group of criminals posing as Imperial soldiers led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Han tried to blackmail them into taking him with them, but Beckett has him arrested for desertion and thrown into a pit to be fed to a beast—a Wookiee named Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). Han persuades Chewbacca to cooperate to escape.
     After they escaped they went to find the gangsters. Beckett, aware of the usefulness of a Wookiee’s strength, rescues and enlists them in the gang to steal a shipment of coaxium on Vandor-1. The plan goes awry when the Cloud Riders show up, led by Enfys Nest (Erin Kellyman), resulting in the deaths of two crew members, Rio Durant (Jon Favreau) and Beckett’s wife Val (Thandie Newton), and the destruction of the coaxium.
     Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission the Millennium Falcon and L3-37, a robot that obsesses over robot rights.
     It is a great movie for ages 9 and up and for nerds (like me); it has a great cast of characters that perfectly represent the characters it has great CGI with characters such as Rio Durant moving in realistic ways. They made it so you can watch through Solo without needing to see other Star Wars films while also referencing things in the other movies keeping the movie enjoyable for both new fans and old fans. I love how much focus they put into making everything consistent when they made references to previous Star Wars films, but it tries way too hard to be funny it pulls you out of story. Even George Lucas agrees that Star Wars is not supposed to be funny. I think L3-37 should of had more character than a robot that only talks about robot rights. I give Solo: A Star Wars Story four stars.

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