‘Solo’ Shows the Beauty of Friendship

The Gospel Coalition | 6/1/2018 | Staff
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To paraphrase the second chapter of the Bible, it is not good for man to be solo.

It’s also something of the message of the latest Star Wars movie, which just hit theaters.

Solo - Star - Wars - Story - Franchise

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second of the franchise’s “anthology” movies—stand-alone films set within the saga that aren’t a main episode. The first of these was Rogue One (2016), which despite its stand-alone status felt more like Episode 3.5. Solo is much more of a free-standing story, aware of and frequently nodding to the events of the wider saga without bearing the same epic-storytelling burden. The scale is smaller than previous Star Wars movies; both the cast and scope of the story are more intimate. This is not a tale of worlds and empires, but of one particular character and how he came to be the man so many boys grew up wanting to be. This gives it a different feel than the other films. It has the opportunity to cover less ground, and it manages to do so in a more satisfying way.

This was by no means a given.

Theaters - Development - Writer-directors - Filming - Process

Solo entered the theaters having gone through a troubled development. The original writer-directors were switched out during the filming process, reportedly due to a different vision for the film than studio boss Kathleen Kennedy had. Director Ron Howard stepped in when much of the filming had already been done. Needless to say, there were fairly mixed expectations of what the end product would be like. Howard is not the most consistent of directors. Would we be getting Apollo 13 Ron Howard or Da Vinci Code Ron Howard? Would the movie bear the scars of its abrupt production changes?

In the end the movie is a great success (even if it has disappointed at the box office). Solo has a...
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