New from A Reel of One’s Own by Andrea Thompson: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) REVIEW – Don’t Worry, It’s Good

By Andrea Thompson

Man plans, Disney laughs. Some asked, do we really need an origin story for Han? Part of his appeal was his mystery. He was the charismatic bad boy with a shadowy past who showed up when he was needed, and won us over by sticking around to fight for what was right. Wouldn’t learning more about him also lessen his appeal somewhat? Then there was all the drama surrounding the production, from the script to the many firings, which few movies emerge from unscathed. Last but by no means least, there was the role itself. How could a star play such an icon while also giving his own take?

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