in about 100 words or less
US 135m, Colour, IMAX, 3-D
Director: Ron Howard; Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany
The Han Solo story is an entertaining addition to the Star Wars universe that holds few surprises. Like Rogue One (2016), this back story serves to deepen character development and perhaps introduce new story leads to further the expansion of the film franchise. Notably, Ehrenreich proves less interesting than I expected, while Glover’s portrayal of Lando Calrissian is easily the most memorable in the film. Despite the production problems, Solo is a solid film, so long as you discount the dark focus-challenged 3-D version, which I invariably suffered through at our local IMAX theatre (Klaus Ming May 2018).