‘Solo’ tells the story of Han’s humble beginnings

The film delves into the back story of Han’s meeting with his copilot Chewbacca and his encounter with the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.

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Donald Glover was the only name on the filmmakers’ list to play Lando Calrissian in “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” and once we meet the charismatic Calrissian, forty minutes into the film, it makes perfect sense. The award-winning writer, director, musician, comedian and actor, known for his work on “Atlanta,” and as his alter ego Childish Gambino, brings a certain suaveness to the role made famous by Billy Dee Williams.

A film, which tells the backstory of space traveller Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich), the iconic  and beloved character made famous in the Star Wars films of the 80s,  it’s directed by Ron Howard, a self-avowed “Star Wars” fan.  Howard clearly understands the universe and plummets us right into the action on Solo’s home of Corellia as he, along with his love interest Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), are separated after a series of events.

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Anxious to return to Qi’ra, a chance meeting with the grizzly Wookie Chewbacca  (Joonas Suotamo), offers up an opportunity to team up with a gangster called Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and his tough girlfriend Val (Thandie Newton). The duo are planning to pull off a very complicated Space heist and could do with some extra men. This starts a chain reaction of events that eventually lead Hans to Lando Calrissian (Glover) and the famous Millennium Falcon.

It’s a slow start as the film takes a few minutes to find its footing, but once it does, viewers will be immersed in the loaded action, the romance, the drama, the double crossing and of course, the humor. Incredibly cool, certainly egotistical, exceedingly handsome, charismatic and entertaining, Glover as the professional gambler Calrissian,  although he lacks Billy’s baritone, is still the best part of the film.

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“Solo” explores Han Solo’s early years.  From meeting Chewbacca, his most loyal companion, it follows his journey through a series of impactful encounters, combining themes of trust, loyalty, love and betrayal with light-hearted humour, wit and exuberantly lively action – themes that will resonate with audiences.

We get laser swords, funny robots, violent galactic battles and lots of bickering and faithful fans of the films won’t be disappointed with this latest offering which seems destined to be another blockbuster hit.

“Solo: A Star Wars” Story opens in theaters May 25.

(pictured): Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Thandie Newton as Val, Woody Harrelson as Beckett and Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo

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