Solo: A Star Wars Story surrounds the life of Han Solo as a young man, here we get to see how Han meets Chewie and Lando, how he gets his name and blaster, how he got the Millennium Falcon, and the adventure he embarks on once he meets up with Beckett and his band of smugglers.
Many people know that this movie went through a very troubled production with the initial two directors being fired about halfway through filming and Ron Howard having to step in and finish the film to meet this May release date. What I think of this film is that it’s more of the same Star Wars films that we have been getting since they came back in 2015. A Han Solo prequel film is really not necessary, but I’m sure that those who are huge Star Wars and Han Solo fans will get some enjoyment out of this. As a casual fan myself, I just found it fine.
Solo is not a bad film and Alden Ehrenreich does a fine job as Han. He gets his mannerisms and attitude right, but as to be expected, he doesn’t quite live up to Harrison Ford’s portrayal, which really is an impossible feat. Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones plays Qi’ra, Han’s childhood love, is also good and it’s nice to see her branch out from that brand. Donald Glover was fantastic as Captain Lando Calrissian, simply oozing charm and charisma every time he’s on screen. Han’s relationship with Chewbacca was fun and Chewie ended up being my favorite character of this film.
However, I didn’t really like the story of Solo and I thought the third act was really mediocre and kind of confusing. There were too many “twists” that were predictable. The way Han got his last name was one of the lamest and cringiest things I’ve ever seen. But the first two acts were interesting, mainly once Han teams up with Woody Harrelson’s Beckett and his team.
Overall, Solo is a fine movie, but I found it unnecessary, and I wonder if they pushed this date toward December and gave this movie more time to shoot if it would have been better or not. The ending also leaves room for a sequel and I’m interested to see if they will go forward with one or not because I feel like the story of the sequel will be more interesting than this story. I give Solo a C+