Solo: A Star Wars Story
Han Solo leads Lucasfilm's second standalone Star Wars film, passing Harrison Ford's role down to Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!). The film follows Han and Chewbacca before they joined the Rebellion. Donald Glover (Atlanta) plays young Lando Calrissian.
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, directors of The LEGO Movie, originally helmed the film. However, partway through shooting, the pair was taken off the film due to creative differences. The project was then given to Oscar-winning director Ron Howard.
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Action, Adventure, Science Fiction, Blockbuster
Rating: M Violence
Growing up watching Star Wars movies, I don't remember ever wondering how Han and Chewbacca met. Nothing in this origin story of one of my favourite cinematic bromances enhances it or gives it a more powerful meaning. There is a lot of obedient connecting of dots going on in Solo: A Star Wars Story when those dots just do not need to be connected.
This is a charming enough intergalactic romp that does entertain, much more so in the third act than the fairly dull earlier stuff. While the backstory of Han, Chewie and Lando is only mildly interesting, there are other additions to the Star Wars universe and its lore that are really cool. It's also refreshing to have one of these sequels not feature The Force and lower the stakes to a small group of characters rather than the fate of the whole universe.
But there is also a lack of the spectacular set-pieces that define this franchise. There are some minor thrills from the chase and fight scenes, which is an achievement considering this is a prequel and we know the heroes survive. But there's no epic showdown or triumphant, jump-out-of-your-seat-pumping-your-fist moment. The early train heist and climactic cunning plan are a lot of fun, though.
The worst thing about Solo isn't its lack of amazing action or its dutiful telling of a backstory we don't need to be told, but rather the high bar set by its predecessors. The Empire Strikes Back is a movie so beloved, so sacred to a large section of the world's film fans, that all Star Wars movies are cursed to forever being compared to it. The latest might be an above average action adventure, but it sure as hell ain't no Empire.
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Much better than critics say...
...at least in my opinion! I actually enjoyed the story told here, as it fills in many details we never knew (and didn't know we wanted to). I liked the Solo/Chewbacca relationship and it was pretty cool for Director Ron Howard to ante up on the 'who shot first?' meme. The female characters are good and Glover is great as Lando - my only (minor) issue was trying to figure out how old Solo actually is. I guess this film is early 20s Solo whereas the version Harrison Ford played was/is very late 20s? Overall I think this film is a worthy edition to the series. ~ 7.5/10
Solo: A Star Wars Story Review.
I both liked and hated 'Solo: 'A Star Wars Story'. I read "it was challenging for the actors at the time, but we got through with it". I think this is a fun and entertaining film but at the same time, I think they could've done a better job.
a Fun ride
I've watched all the Star Wars films and I'm a fan just not a FAN. I'm not fanatical. I liked this film a lot as a look back into Han's origin story but mostly just as a great science fiction action flick. It's a whole lot of fun, fast paced and full of great characters it doesn't have to be more than that. I was entertained, it did its job for $11 I have no complaints.
what a blast
I really enjoyed the film, that cameo was cool, soundtrack was epic and can't wait for more of this Han. I bet there be another chapter to come out
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A couple of cringey almost fanfic sounding origin moments aside, This was really damn good.
It's rather satisfactory, with enough action and visuals to provide a mediocrely enjoyable film.