Solo: A Star Wars Story
I always look forward to a new Star Wars film. Obviously, in recent years we’ve seen a reawakening of these films and I’ve really loved it all. Solo went through a bit of turmoil getting made as the director changed a way into production. Ron Howard is a very hit or miss filmmaker, I haven’t liked anything he made in the last decade (not counting that Beatles documentary because its impossible to mess that up). The Solo trailers grew on me as I watched more clips of it and I considered myself hyped for it. Its a good thing I don’t care for what other established critics said about this film because I had an enjoyable time.
The film follows a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) in his early days. Han is an eager but talented pilot who finds himself in a situation where he must deliver a super fuel called coaxium to an evil lord named Dryden Vos. He aligns himself with a a thieving man named Tobias Beckett, a former lover named Qi’ra, a furry companion pilot named Chewbacca, and a smuggler named Lando Calrissian. The film also stars Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and Donald Glover as a young Lando.
I’m very happy that this film didn’t disappoint me. The film has such smooth battles, space chases, and action sequences. The CGI and effects all around look good here which makes it a joy to watch. I wasn’t sold on Alden Ehrenreich as Solo when I first saw the trailer but I think he does a decent enough job. Bettany’s Vos isn’t really a unique villain and falls into a cliche of overbearing screaming villain. I don’t think Emilia Clarke is a great actress but she’s alright here. After all, lets not forgot how horrendous Natalie Portman was in the prequels. The sound effects and costume design is super as well.
The film isn’t as humorous as other recent Star Wars entries but I liked that. I think it was nice to see a young Han Solo, the troubles he got into, and how he came to be who he is. Of course, everyone and their mother is a fan of Donald Glover now but I’ve been a super fan of his since his Community days and his early Chlidish Gambino stuff. Liked him quite a bit as Lando. I don’t know about a Lando stand alone film but I’m sure he can find his away into a future Star Wars anthology film.
I read some critics really trashing this film. There’s one (who I won’t name) that loves to rate big budget films very lowly with and I’m starting to think its an agenda over him actually trying to enjoy or genuinely analyze what he sees. This film is not the best Star Wars film by any stretch. Its better than all three prequels and is a notch below Rogue One for me. Its not a perfect film, and could have used a stronger plot. Sure. The film still manages to carry that great Star Wars feel and provides non stop visuals, action, and adventure. Go there and stop expecting a storytelling masterpiece and you will enjoy this.