Solo: a Star Wars Story - Movie Review



   “Solo: a Star Wars Story” stars Alden Ehrenreich as the "young Han Solo." He teams up with a "young Lando Calrissian" (played this time around by Donald Glover), "Qi’ra" (Emilia Clarke), and a crew of new characters in this chapter of the Star Wars franchise.

   Solo: a Star Wars Story opens to a fun yet flawed chase scene. I was both worried and happy to think that we had another “Suicide Squad” on our hands - a movie that I like, but is know to be poorly made. I was devastatingly shocked to find that the movie never slows down after the chase scene and becomes a full, non stop, poorly made, action comedy with little-to-no story. Outside of an amazing cameo at the end, that I knew about and was still surprised by, the best part about the movie is Alden Ehrenreich’s performance as Han Solo. He plays a new, struggling Han Solo that really amplifies the character development and rocks the Han Solo “look”. On top of that, there are great character interactions between him and Lando that are really great because of the acting skills of the two leads. The rest of the crew in this film is either useless or wasted, and contains the most annoying droid yet.

   The film is the most useless in the franchise and has the worst sets and production designs of the Star Wars films. For example; the aliens in the Star Wars world stopped being genuinely cool with the Last Jedi and are now “let’s see how weird we can get.” I would also like to mention that I am a huge fan of Star Wars and liked the Last Jedi for what it was... even though it was highly flawed. However, there is not much in this movie to satisfy the average Star Wars fan. For instance; I have seen a whole two hour movie about Han Solo and I still feel like I know nothing about him. For one of the biggest characters in the film, Han has a very simplistic character arc and is only entertaining because of Alden’s performance.

   The end picks up though, after severely lacking in its second act. The end is by far the best, but make no mistake, it is still heavily flawed. In the end, you begin to see this version of Han Solo become his own - the one we know and love from the original trilogy. The movie ends with a funny and nice scene involving Lando and Han that is, again, highly entertaining, regardless of it’s irrelevance.

   Overall I have to say Solo does not know what it is or what it wants to be. Nevertheless, Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover did know... and if it wasn’t for them I would not even recommend seeing it. However, because those characters are done so well by those actors (and Star Wars is Star Wars), I suggest you go see it.

   Just know it is no empire. If you had to miss one Star Wars movie though, I say this one. It is a very entertaining mess.