Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes. – Lucasfilm Ltd.

Solo: A Star Wars Story was written by Jonathan and Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller Ron Howard. Lawrence Kasdan is no stranger to the Star Wars universe, having previously written Episodes V, VI and VII.

It is finally here The Han Solo, Solo Star Wars Solo movie. No one asked for this movie but we got it anyway. I never really thought we needed a Han Solo origin movie but when it was announced I wasn’t going to say no. Until I said no, Solo had a lot of trouble behind the scenes or at the very least rumors suggested that, of course the original directors were fired so there’s that. With that being said I had a lot of trepidation about this movie, the only reason I was going to see it was for Donald Glover. The trailers did continually peak my interest more and more until I was looking forward to the movie again. And then I saw it.

Solo is a blast, it’s a space western heist movie with Han Solo. The plot isn’t something super elaborate and its scale is much smaller than previous Star Wars movies but that’s what made it enjoyable. I want more Star Wars movies where we get to see different parts of the galaxy, not everything has to be about the Skywalkers and saving the galaxy.  Solo is akin to Antman of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a fun little movie disconnected from everything else but still in universe. Solo felt so different from a Star Wars movie yet felt so much like one at the same time. The ending of this film in my opinion perfectly sets up Han, Lando and Chewie for the future of the galaxy.

Now to what everyone is waiting to read, how was Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo? He is no Harrison Ford but I was pleasantly surprised with his performance, he made the character of Han Solo his own. Ehrenreich had the swagger and personality of Solo locked down but he didn’t trap himself by doing a Harrison Ford impression.  Alden Ehrenreich is Han Solo but he is not Harrison Ford. Let’s not forget about Donald Glover playing Lando Calrissian, a perfect casting in my opinion. Glover did the same as Ehrenreich in making the character his own.

Woody Harrelson keeps popping up in more and more things and I’m never disappointed by it. His Beckett is a great mentor to Han Solo. Emilia Clarke plays Qi’ra, Han’s love interest. She’s an interesting and mysterious character plus Clarke is gorgeous but I never really cared about her and Han because Princess Leia.

On top of a new Han and Lando, we got a new Chewie too. Well newish, Solo is Joonas Suotamo second time playing Chewie for an entire film. Honestly, I can’t tell the difference between him and Peter Mayhew, so good on him. Chewie was great in this and we finally got to see how him and Han got together, though nothing about a Wookie life debt is mentioned. All these new Star Wars movies introduce a new droid and every time I like that droid more than the last. First BB-8 then K2SO and now L3. L3 is easily the funniest part of the movie. She’s Lando’s copilot navigational droid, she’s sentient or at least seems that way. She’s super snarky and takes no one’s crap and I’m 90% sure Lando bangs her.

Ron Howard is a very competent director. There’s no crazy awe-inspiring action set pieces in Solo but the visuals are top notch. I’ll never get sick of the Millennium Falcon maneuvering about space zipping around and dodging obstacles. Solo is a very good-looking film especially the piloting and space stuff which is kind of important in a movie about Han Solo so good job, Opie. John Williams consistently kills it making Star Wars scores just like the movie this score sounded so much like a Star Wars score yet so different from one. Turns out John Williams only did the first track the rest was John Powell. That might explain why it sounded different, regardless I loved the score.

Solo: A Star Wars Story had no reason to exist but I wouldn’t give it back. Solo is a blast from start to finish, just a fun little space heist movie with no giant connection to the original trilogy. There is plenty of Star Wars Easter eggs and one giant cameo to remind you of the bigger universe. Go see this, you’ll have a blast and remember Han shot first.

I give Solo: A Star Wars Story an 8.5 out of 10, would watch again.

“You’ll never have a deeper sleep than curled up on a Wookie’s lap.”

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