A Star Wars Story – review of the film at ProSieben

The spin-off “Solo – A Star Wars Story” offers solid action entertainment. The film that ProSieben is showing as a free TV premiere is not much more than a gap filler.

This is how it begins, the story of the most famous smuggler in the universe: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” (2018) is the second “Star Wars” spin-off, outside of the prominent episode narrative. This time the focus is on an all-too-well-known hero: Han Solo, once played by Harrison Ford, has a history in the form of the then 28-year-old Californian Alden Ehrenreich. With a lot of action, but unfortunately little soul, the viewer takes part in the former life of the young, rebellious pilot with the engaging smile. ProSieben is now showing the galactic adventure as a free TV premiere.

Han (Alden Ehrenreich) has to leave everything behind when he and Qi’ra (“Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke) have to flee from his home planet Corellia. Without really knowing where to go now, he joins the Imperial Army to become a pilot. That doesn’t go well for long, though, because Han obviously has a problem with authorities. Because of massive disobedience, he was thrown from the academy without further ado and had to continue to serve the empire as an infantryman. The offer from Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and Val (Thandie Newton) comes in at the right time! He is said to be part of the gang of crooks to attack a train.

Although director Ron Howard wasn’t hired until after most of the script had been shot, the film wasn’t a mess. Because the star director (“The Da Vinci Code”) just started all over again and had several scenes shot again. Much to Lucasfilm’s delight, because Howard had a sense of what it means to let “Star Wars” just be “Star Wars”. Still, there is often a certain doubt as to whether “Solo: A Star Wars Story” really needed it.

The film is bursting with action and delights every viewer who can tolerate excessive jokes, wild flight sequences and car chases. Because “Solo” definitely offers entertainment potential. It doesn’t matter, at least towards the end, that there is actually almost no plot. But especially at the beginning, you would have liked the main character to experience more depth. Because the whole horde of minor characters was only sparsely filled with life, Alden Ehrenreich carries the main part of the story.

Makes sense, too, but his Han exudes significantly less charm and the cheeky mischief that Harrison Ford once implemented so incredibly well. Of course it’s unfair to compare the two actors, but the film doesn’t make it easy either. There are constant cross-references to episodes IV to VI, which demand your own “Star Wars” memory, a constant comparison with the original films is almost necessary. Sometimes Ehrenreich also steals supporting actors like Donald Glover as Lando.

Ultimately, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a gap filler that is incredibly entertaining and action-packed, but fails to achieve its actual goal, namely the chance to introduce an already strong character in more detail.

Source: teleschau – der mediendienst GmbH

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