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May 25, 2018

At the Movies: A scoundrel is born in Star Wars spinoff ‘Solo'

By LINDSEY BAHR
AP Film Writer

If there's one takeaway from “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” it's that our favorite scoundrel had been through a lot before he ever met up with Luke, Obi-Wan and Leia.

Sure, he'd talked up his Kessel Run time and out-maneuvering Imperial ships, but this film contains at least three epic set-pieces, involving a job atop a high-speed train careening around a snowy mountain, a fiery space showdown with a squid-like super monster and an explosion-filled shootout, that are so spectacular that they have the effect of making what Han ends up going through in “Episode IV” and beyond seem suspiciously tame by comparison. Bigger, louder, and more, more, more seem to be the guiding principles of the film and while on their own they might make a pleasurable romp, it's dubious as to whether or not these pre-Skywalker adventures have really added anything of value to the character. There's an argument to be made that it might even undermine his hero's arc in the first film.


 
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