Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★

Attempts are made to place this Stars Wars story within the context of the series’ timeline, but unlike Gareth Edwards’ vastly superior Rogue One, Solo isn’t interested in building its own legacy or saying something – anything – new or interesting about its chosen subject. Where it ought to feel expansive and fresh, this origin story feels closed-off and airless. The script references all the classic Han moments from Episodes IV-VI without delivering any of its own. It’s a film that prizes fan service above original storytelling, using iconic lines and casual asides as the scaffolding for its reverse-engineered plot.

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