Did You See “Solo: A Star Wars Story”?

By Chris Narloch

While we wait for the next real “Star Wars” movie to come out, there is “Solo” to enjoy, which is the latest “Star Wars” side project to be released on DVD, digital and Blu-ray.

A young Han Solo is introduced this time out, and he is played by Alden Ehrenreich, who successfully channels Harrison Ford’s swagger and sarcasm without doing a cheap imitation.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” doesn’t have a mind-blowing story to tell, but neither is it the travesty that online trolls predicted after the movie’s original directors quit (or were fired?) and rumors began to surface that the movie was going to be a dud. The reliable, if unexceptional, director Ron Howard took over the reigns.

I enjoyed learning how Han and Chewbacca met for the first time, and Solo’s back-story is convincingly and cleverly drawn. Donald Glover isn’t as successful at suggesting the younger Lando, but he gets by on his looks and charm, as does the film itself.

The DVD’s bonus content takes fans behind the scenes to experience compelling discussions with the star-studded cast and screenwriters Jonathan Kasdan & Lawrence Kasdan (writer of “Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back” and “Star Wars: Return of the Jedi”) and includes a revealing feature on Chewie and his enduring friendship with Han.

Those bonus features also include a close-up look at the original version of the Millennium Falcon and Han’s first time piloting the infamous ship; the creation of the film’s otherworldly settings and pulse-pounding action sequences; and eight never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes.

“Solo” is available now for home viewing, courtesy of Lucasfilm. May the force be with you!

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