Solo: A Star Wars Story feels a lot like Disney’s Aladdin. Both are about a smug young man with humble beginnings but big dreams. Both men fight to get the girl. Both get access to sweet rides like a magic carpet or the Millennium Falcon. And both maintain a happy-go-lucky attitude amid tough circumstances. But where Disney was free to create a whole new world with Aladdin, director Ron Howard’s Solo is beholden to the same galaxy far, far away we’ve seen in nine other Star Wars movies (and counting) while still creating its own niche inside of this universe. On top of that, the much publicized dismissal of original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller after six months of filming in favor of Howard led some fans to wonder if this Star Wars tale would feel like Happy Days or Arrested Development. Thankfully, though much of Han’s later life is already told in other films, Solo positions itself at a point along the Star Wars timeline that hasn’t been fleshed out much by either the movies or the TV shows. That gives the admittedly simple story a chance to surprise audiences regardless of how well-versed they are in the space opera. Now Playing: Watch this: New Solo trailer gives us a closer look at Lando 2:26 Another side of the galaxy Much of this Star Wars movie takes place away from the ongoing war between the Empire and the Rebel Alliance, but the Empire’s grip on the galaxy is… [Read full story]
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