Solo has been out in theaters for almost two weeks now. Based on the box office statistics and everyone ranting about it on social media, I’m going to assume you’ve seen it by now.
If you haven’t, don’t read this review any further. I like to write reviews without regard to spoilers, so come back later if you don’t want part of the film ruined.
Movie Review for Solo:A Star Wars Story
Solo is, obviously, a stand alone Star Wars film based on the early years of everyone’s favorite smuggler Han Solo.
“Solo: A Star Wars Story” follows adventure filled past of Han Solo, the iconic galactic scoundrel and one of the most beloved characters in cinema history. Through a series of daring
escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo will meet his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounter the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that sets the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
No One Can Replace Harrison Ford
One of the major arguments against “Solo” that I’ve seen making the rounds on the internet is Alden Ehrenreich’s “inability” to play Han Solo like Harrison Ford. I, personally, think this is a good thing. Do we really need to be comparing these two? I mean, come on! Harrison Ford is iconic as Han Solo. He made this scoundrel loveable.
Alden doesn’t bother trying to be Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. Instead, he is is own version that has that beginnings of that early swagger we’ve all come to know and love.
Emilia Clarke Shines
While I am not a huge Game of Thrones fan (don’t shoot me), I did watch a few seasons and was especially captivated by Emilia Clarke as Daenerys Targaryen. She is equally as good and as captivating in “Solo” as Qi’Ra. Yes, she plays a love interest of Han, and no, she is not Princess Leia.
A lot of fans were also irked by that angle, but I thought it was perfect. Han loved Leia, but let’s not pretend like he waited around to find her. He was constantly on the run, being a smuggler and all, so I’m sure it’s reasonable to imagine he had lots of lady friends throughout his lifetime.Qi’Ra is especially important in forcing Han to choose to help the beginnings of the rebellion. More on that later.
Chewbacca and Lando are Gold
The film may have been called “Solo,” but let’s be honest. Chewie and Lando stole the show. From the moment they began releasing stills and trailers, I just knew Donald Glover’s Lando Calrissian was going to be incredible.He did not disappoint. Controversial as I may be, I think Alden and Donald had much better chemistry in this film that Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. This is not to undermine the classic Star Wars pairing, but rather to say that those of you who were worried about their on-again, off-again bromance need not worry. They are gold.
So are Han and Chewbacca, played by newcomer Joonas Suotamo (he first played Chewie in Star Wars: The Last Jedi). I always wondered how they met, and the scene where Han gets thrown into the pit with the “monster,” who turns out to be Chewie, is hilarious. If you’ve ever wanted to hear Han Solo speak Wookiee, you’ll get your wish in “Solo!”
The Bad Guys are Just Creepy Enough
Occasionally in Star Wars films, the “bad” guys are a little ridiculous. The acting is somewhat over the top and the reasoning for their “bad guy” activities is a little muddled. Dryden Vos, played by Paul Bettany, reminds me a lot of Javier Bardem’s villain from the James Bond film “Skyfall.” He’s weird and creepy, and you know he cares most about power and money. But what else makes him tick? Who does he answer to, if anyone?This is where things get tricky with Qi’Ra and Han. His love and commitment to her means putting himself at risk in the film, but at what cost? I won’t give away the ultimate cameo spoiler that happens at the end (it’s too good, y’all), but trust me. Things get very interesting in the last 15 minutes of the movie!
Finally, the question I most often get these days is, “Is ‘Solo’ really worth seeing in theaters?” My answer is yes. If you are a Star Wars fan, you’ll want to see this film. It’s a great discussion piece, much like The Last Jedi. If you can ignore the fans who just want to be divisive, you can find opportunity for great discussion about the movie. I will maintain that Rogue One was a better standalone overall, but don’t discount what “Solo” has added to our universe.“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is playing in theaters everywhere!