Better than The Last Jedi, but not better than Rogue One, but like the latter I can watch this over and over again.
I’ve been hearing a lot of people saying the new Star Wars movies are hit and miss. No they are not. If you see the pattern, Solo was going to be a good film, and it was. I had high hopes once I saw Ron Howard was going to direct, and it’s not a let down.
Solo (perfectly titled) is the origin story of Han Solo. Possibly the most interesting part of the origin was how he actually got the name Han Solo.
It tells the story of how Han first met his heteral life mate, Chewbacca, and whoever that dude was in the costume had great chemistry with Alden Ehrenreich who plays a young Solo (and If I’m reading into this right, clues in this film would state The Han in episode five is far older than I realized, almost to the point in which his relationship with young Luke Skywalker’s twin sister Princess Leia is borderline Pedoflie).
It also tells the story of how Han met one of his greatest allies…The Millennium Falcon, which is a brand new fresh and clean star ship in this movie. He also meets Lando Calrissian it’s original owner before he wins it in the infamous card game mentioned in The Empire Strikes Back. With Donald Glover playing a young Lando, I’m not sure if Glover was playing Lando or doing a parody of Billie Dee Williams as Lando. The answer lies somewhere in-between with some scenes having both concepts happening at once.
The story is very basic, and used just to get the ball rolling. Really I feel the movie totally relies a lot on Alden Ehrenreich being charming. I’ll give it to him, he’s a lot more charming than Harrison ford, not hard to do, really. He does bring something to a young Han that’s worth seeing.
Speaking of great characters, Solo has a list of great ones that increases the enjoyable level. Like Lando has a female robot co-pilot who is a strong believer for robot rights. Some of these characters are played by great actors. I love Woody Harrelson as Beckett and Paul Bentley as Dryden Vos.
Solo: A star Wars story has great action and amazing visual effects and a great cast. It does not seem as Disney influenced as episode Seven and Eight so it has that going for it.
Can’t wait to see it again!