Rent Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

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Synopsis:
Board the Millennium Falcon in the epic adventure 'Solo: A Star Wars Story'. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his future co-pilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.
Actors:
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Directors:
Producers:
Simon Emanuel, Kathleen Kennedy, Allison Shearmur
Voiced By:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Jon Favreau, Linda Hunt
Writers:
Jon Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas
Others:
Neal Scanlan, Patrick Tubach, Rob Bredow, Dominic Tuohy
Aka:
Solo
Studio:
Lucasfilm
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Top 100 Films, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2018
Run Time:
130 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, Spanish
Subtitles:
Danish, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2018
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French
Subtitles:
Arabic, Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2018
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French
Subtitles:
Danish, Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, Finnish, French, Norwegian, Swedish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
BBFC:
Release Date:
24/09/2018
Run Time:
135 minutes
Languages:
English, English Audio Description, French, German, Italian, Japanese
Subtitles:
English Hard of Hearing, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.39:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B

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Reviews (16) of Solo: A Star Wars Story

Did nothing for me - Solo: A Star Wars Story review by RS

Spoiler Alert
21/11/2018

I'm a lifelong Star Wars fan and a costumer with the 501st Legion. I was hoping this film would capture the glorious retro-ness of the original trilogy like Rogue One did, and I hoped that Alden would capture some of the spirit of Han Solo. But nope. He could have been any other scruffy pilot flying round the galaxy. He didn't embody any of who Han Solo was. I wasn't expecting a blow by blow imitation of Solo but some mannerisms and gestures would have been good. The cockiness and arrogance just wasn't there for me. I was uninspired by the entire film. I will always wonder if Anthony Ingruber would have made a better Solo, he was amazing as Young Harrison in "Age of Adaline". I can see me falling out of love with Star Wars as Disney advance the franchise into new characters, new trilogies and leave behind the original stories.

2 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Average at best - Solo: A Star Wars Story review by TE

Spoiler Alert
27/11/2018

I'd half a thought this film would be about fleshing out the character that is Han Solo, but in reality it's a generic sci fi outing that has someone called Solo in it.

It's not terrible, but you'd not want to watch it again. Much better than the Last Jedi though, so there is that.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Stat Wars goes Solo - Solo: A Star Wars Story review by JD

Spoiler Alert
16/10/2018

Don’t listen to the critics, this film is very good.

Much better than all the other Star Wars spin offs, partly because it is a much simpler story to follow.

The special effects are excellent , the only time they go over the top is when Solo encounters a giant creature is space.

Good, exciting story line, it really is a space cowboy movie, with all the usual double dealings , poker games, rescues etc.

The acting is good, with Alden Ehrenreich a good fit as Han Solo, but Chewbacca stands out !

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Critic review

Solo: A Star Wars Story (aka Solo) review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

I can only imagine it must come as some great displeasure to Star Wars fans that the Han Solo prequel film is not quite the swashbuckling sci-fi western it promised to be. Some of that spirit is present and there are scraps of a charming adventure strewn throughout. But the abundance of references and callbacks keep hindering the excitement, pulling us out of the fun to learn such useless facts as to how Han Solo received his name. I doubt anyone was chomping at the bit to learn that info.

It’s quite a shame considering Alden Ehrenreich has the makings of a heartthrob of a hero. He plays Han Solo without much of the grumpiness, but plenty of cockiness and smolder that mostly comes through the screen. It helps that his story is an interesting one as well. He doesn’t start off with this story as an outlaw, but a slave worker that aspires to more. He also makes many mistakes, making his cocky attitude all the more unique when he has to work for that swagger of a scoundrel. He starts out as a slave, kicks around as a Stormtrooper, and recklessly jumps into the outlaw lifestyle when he finds a crew and a ship that’ll take him.

A few familiar characters pop up. Chewbacca, Han’s furry co-pilot, first meets the rogue in a pit where they must fight to the death. Lando (Donald Glover), the like-minded suave deceiver, first encounters Han at a card game with starships at stake. A few new characters crowd the screen, including Han’s love of the beautiful Q’ira (Emilia Clarke) and Lando’s love of the droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). How does a relationship with a droid works? L3-37 insists “it just does” and leaves our imagination to fill in the blanks.

Solo is perhaps the most outsider of Star Wars movies as it doesn’t feature rebellious heroes fighting against the overwhelming Empire. Han is out to make some money and free Q’ira from the grip of crime lord Dryden Voss, played by Paul Bettany with red in his eyes and cat scratches on his face. He teams up with Beckett (Woody Harrelson), a season bounty hunter that teach Han all the tricks of the trade. Namely, always trick everyone. He also imparts important western logic, adhering to that familiar line from The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly; “If you gotta shoot, shoot; don’t talk.” And Han indeed shoots first, remastered Star Wars be damned!

The biggest hurdle for a prequel such as this is the lack of tension for how this story will play out and Solo stumbles over itself during its frisky sprint towards adventure. Hindering its originality is an insistence on placing origins on Han’s legacy we do not need. Who truly desired a scene where Han receives his iconic blaster? What’s the point of drawing attention to Chewy’s nickname after the two meet in a death pit? And why, above all else, did Han Solo’s very name require an explanation?

Thankfully, as the film progresses into its world of heists, pirates, and showdowns, there’s a certain groove the movie eases into. There are hints of Errol Flynn in a dashingly intimate moment between Han and Q’ira. There’s a gleeful chaos to a power plant infiltration where L3-37, in her justice-seeking programming, incites a riot of droids. The climax features so many showdowns, betrayals, surprises, and deceptions that it’s almost par for the course that the true villain of this picture comes entirely out of left field.

The film was subject to a Ron Howard reshoot after the studio wasn’t pleased with the more comical approach by comedy directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Sadly, it shows. Several scenes fall flat with humor and moments that would seem ripe for a gag are cut off just before they are dealt. This uneven direction coupled with bruising nudges of Star Wars callbacks makes Solo: A Star Wars Story a surprisingly flawed film with bursts of brilliance. There’s plenty of hints for the space western that could have made this Star Wars Story a great film, but that perfect film seems lost in a galaxy far, far away.

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