Alden Ehrenreich may not look much like a young Harrison Ford, but he does one better: he captures the essence of Ford's iconic "Star Wars" character Han Solo. The rugged, playful energy; the half smirk and mischievous glint in his eyes; the rebellious live-wire spirit softened only by the viewer's knowledge that his nature is innately good—it's all here and then some, exhibited fully and naturally by an actor oozing with charisma. Ehrenreich displays the underlying gravitas within Han's destiny, but there is also a lightness to him working in tandem with a film that trades in the bleak, war-torn seriousness of 2016's "Rogue One" for a welcome sense of cucumber-cool fun. "Solo: A Star Wars Story" is a blast.
Before Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) became a pilot, before he met Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia, and before he joined the Rebel Alliance in an effort to restore the Republic from the nefarious Galactic Empire, he was a lowly resident on the planet of Corellia. Living in lawless times, Han and girlfriend Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) make a brave attempt to escape on an outbound ship, hoping to trade a vial of a rare and highly valuable mineral known as coaxium in exchange for their freedom. During their struggle, the two are separated and Han has no choice but to leave Qi'ra behind. Three years later, he is kicked out of the Imperial Academy and joins forces with a band of smugglers led by Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and wife Val (Thandie Newton). Their latest score is a trainload of coaxium being transported across an exotic, snow-capped mountain range. If they are successful, Han hopes to earn enough money to pilot a ship back to Corellia and rescue Qi'ra. As is so often the case, things do not work out as smoothly as anticipated.
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