'Solo: A Star Wars Story' Review

Updated on October 12, 2018
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Solo: A Star Wars Story takes place roughly ten years before A New Hope. It stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra, and Donald Glover as Lando. The film also features Woody Harrelson as Beckett. It is directed by Ron Howard.

The film starts out good. We get to see a piece of Han Solo's life that wasn't entirely known before, but the movie slowly starts to get worse.

I don't think it's a bad movie, but it's just so predictable.

There's plot points dedicated to things we already know. Is Han Solo and Qi'ra going to live happily ever after? Is Han going to get the Millennium Falcon?

I enjoyed watching Han Solo, but it's predictable, which is to be expected. To make it worse, Disney doesn't embrace or accept the predictability. They try to push twist and turns at you that only amount to what we already know. Except for one part were a certain character comes back, everything else is substandard and predictable.

It is an origin story of a character that has already ended. We know how his story ends. Instead of Disney letting us enjoy Solo for who he is, they seemed to be trying to force a sequel to the prequel.

The worst thing about it is that I actually liked the movie, just not as much as I wanted. Donald Glover was perfect as Lando. He stole the show while he was on screen. Alden Ehrenreich had big shoes to fill, but he delivers. His performance doesn't seem forced. He doesn't try to be Harrison Ford. Instead, he's Han Solo. Emilia Clarke also gives a good performance, but I wasn't the biggest fan of Qi'ra.

The best parts of the movie is when nothing's forced. Examples are when we see Han and Lando's relationship build, Han and Chewy forming their friendship, and even the parts where the story just flows. My favorite part is when Han and Lando are playing cards.

The story has twists that aren't all that shocking. Spoiler alert, I liked when it was revealed that Enfys Nest and her Cloud Riders weren't smugglers, but were actually rebels.

I think the third act is the best while also being the worst. Dryden Vos didn't live up to the rest of the Star Wars villains. Qi'ra's story arc was confusing. Another spoiler alert, Beckett dying is shocking until you realize he isn't in any other Star Wars movie.

Ultimately, the film suffers from it's predictability, but great characters, a usually engaging plot, amazing visuals, and special effects makes it a fine film to watch.

This isn't the worst film in the Star Wars series, but it's not the best. If you enjoy Star Wars and love to watch lasers flying around, you're in for a good time.

3 stars for Solo: A Star Wars Story

© 2018 Royce Proctor

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