Solo: A Star Wars Movie is the new stand alone film outside of the main trilogies of the Star Wars universe. Whereas Rogue One told the story of the scroll from A New Hope, this movie is an origin story for Han Solo, which immediately makes it cooler. This movie crams a lot of story into its two hour run time, but the main plot focuses on Han and Chewie teaming up with Lando Calrissian to get coaxium from planet Kessel. During which he makes his famous Kessel run in 12 parsecs.
The best parts of this movie are when it’s a buddy comedy between Han Solo and Chewbacca. You get to find out how they met and eventually become smugglers. They have some great banter back and forth, even though you can’t understand a thing Chewbacca is saying. Alden Ehrenreich does an amazing job as Han Solo. The movie takes place 14 years before A New Hope and you really believe that he could become Harrison Ford in that time. Donald Glover also does an amazing job, and you can clearly see why Disney has already green lit a Lando movie.
There was a ton of action in this movie, it was just hard to see at times. The beginning of the film was under-lit so it was hard to see and later scenes were very chaotic with the fast cutting, shaky cameras, and light flashes that obscure the action. Overall, there is still enough action to keep you pumped up for the entire film.
Solo is a decent action blockbuster set in space. There’s nothing majorly wrong with the movie, but there’s also nothing majorly great about it either. If it wasn’t for the characters we already know and love, this would be a very forgettable summer popcorn movie. Compare that to the original Star Wars which revolutionized the film industry. The problem with releasing a Star Wars film every year is that you start to see how they are all basically the same movie. Our heroes are introduced, they go on a quest, fail that quest, which then leads to the main quest. Right when they are about to succeed, there’s a double cross and a final fight sequence. There weren’t any light sabers in this one though. That was kind of a let down.
Whose Review gives Solo the overall score of So-So. For hardcore Star Wars fans this movie offers more than enough meta references and canon story elements to make you nerdgasm. For the casual film goer, there is a lot of action and decent comedy to keep you entertained and the cast does a great job of taking over for their past counterparts. But in the end, it won’t become engrained in your psyche the way the original did. If anything, it’ll make you want to rewatch the original trilogy to experience the magic that Solo doesn’t quite achieve.
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