Film of the Week — Solo: A Star Wars Story
Want to feel old? There’s now a lot longer between today and Star Wars: Episode I's release than there was between it and Return of the Jedi. Viewed through that prism, getting this fourth Star Wars film in 30 months should feel like an embarrassment of riches. Instead, the galaxy far, far away feels a lot less special now Disney has sent it out onto the streets in fishnets and leopardskin – and that’s probably a good thing, allowing all but the most avid fans to enjoy decent space adventures without the absurd weight of almost 40 years of fandom piled onto what are essentially Flash Gordon do-overs. There’s a lot to enjoy in Solo in that respect, and a lot to spoil with too much detail, but the nods to other Star Wars films are kept discrete and the western-in-space feel absolutely works. Poor Alden Ehrenreich, though, can’t hope to match Harrison Ford’s charisma. Times & trailer
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