If you were to stray into an in-progress screening of Solo without knowing its title, you’d be able to identify it as a Star Wars film pretty much immediately.
We’re never more than a moment away from the familiar look and feel of the franchise: blaster fire, screaming ships, delightful droids, exotic and spartan planets, the sonic warble of alien creatures, the ham-radio chatter of Imperial stormtroopers.
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That said, Solo manages to stretch the possibilities of Star Wars in interesting new directions, just as The Last Jedi did last December. But unlike that movie, which was forced to make difficult choices in resolving its predecessor’s cliffhangers, Solo has plenty of room to maneuver — and should surprise and delight even the old-school fans who enter the theater heavy with expectations. Read more…
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