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on 24 September 2018
Following on from Rogue One, here's another stand alone Star Wars movie. These are designed to fill in the gaps, tell the tales only mentioned in other films, and make Disney even more money in the process.
This time, it's Han Solo's backstory.
Star Wars fans! Have you ever wanted to see Han's back story on screen? Find out his origins and how he came to be? See him and Chewie meet? See him and Lando meet? See what happens in the shower..errr..,.see him getting the Millennium Falcon! Well now you can! It will doubtless not meet all your expectations and thus give you something to moan about online whilst watching it for the third time. So it does the job.
For those who just say 'Ooh! Star Wars!' and just want to enjoy these films, what does it offer?
It fills in all the above, whilst telling the story of Han being caught up in the middle of intergalactic crime capers, and trying to survive, get by, and become his own man.
It's really four films in one. You get Han's story. You get the intergalactic crime caper movie. You do also get the story of a man trying to take control of his own life. And also one about two people trying to deal with how their dreams of the past haven't turned out to be the realities of the present.
As a result, this doesn't quite come together as well as it could have. The latter two of the above mentioned are interesting storylines. The first has it's moments. And the second rather struggles with a lack of tension. Since you know how this will end for Han and Chewie, there's not really enough jeopardy. Except for supporting characters it never quite manages to make you care about.
There are stand out points though. Alden Ehrenreich is really good in the lead, with the right amount of charisma to convince in the part, and he does have the ability to carry a lead role off. And the film does perk up considerably whenever Donald Glover is onscreen as the young Lando, as he delivers a really charismatic performance as well. Emilia Clarke's character though never really sparks and she is a bit left stranded by some flat material.
It does manage to surprise you at a few points, and it's watchable enough while it lasts. And the ending has the right emotional impact. But it's not a film that's going to stick in the mind for too long after.
The disc has the following language and subtitle options:
Languages: English, Spanish, English audio description.
Subtitles: English, Danish, FInnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Portugese, Spanish, Swedish.
The disc goes straight to the main menu when loaded, with no trailers or ads. But it's another of those minimialist dvd releases as seen with the Marvel movies, thus there are no extras at all.