Solo: a Star Wars Story

Solo: a Star Wars Story

Ron Howard (2018)

129min
12A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Cosmic chancer Han Solo gets his own origins story in director Ron Howard's engagingly propulsive and fun space western. Stepping effortlessly into Harrison Ford's massive shoes, Alden Ehrenreich captivates as the arrogant flyboy charmer who escapes his grungy home planet by joining the Imperial army. After befriending grifter Beckett (a charismatic Woody Harrelson), Solo joins his gang as they attempt to steal a shipment of precious fuel from a mining world for the power-mad Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). Reunited in transit with his first love Qi'Ra (Emilia Clarke), Han faces betrayal and double-cross while forging a delightful bromance with Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and an uneasy alliance with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). With a grittier, dirtied-down look totally in keeping with its rough-and-ready lead character, the visual effects are exemplary, especially a mountain monorail heist. Launching at eye-catching lightspeed and keeping up the swashbuckling momentum throughout, Solo is one wily and satisfying mega-thrills-and-uber-spills ride.

Summary

Headstrong pilot Han Solo gets mixed up with a bunch of mercenaries, a militant robot, a gambler and a Wookie while attempting to appease a crime lord. Sci-fi prequel set before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, starring Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover and Paul Bettany.

Cast & Crew

Han Solo Alden Ehrenreich
Lando Calrissian Donald Glover
Qi'Ra Emilia Clarke
Tobias Beckett Woody Harrelson
Chewbacca Joonas Suotamo
Val Thandie Newton
L3-37 Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Dryden Vos Paul Bettany
Lexi Lily Newmark
Rio Durant Jon Favreau
Lady Proxima Linda Hunt
Weazel Warwick Davis
Ralakili Clint Howard
Tak Anthony Daniels
Director Ron Howard
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Walt DisneyAvailable on: DVDReleased on: 24 May 2018
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