Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke and Woody Harrelson

Directed by: Ron Howard

This is the story of how Han Solo becomes the man he we meet in Episode IV and how he strikes up a bond with Chewbacca. He’s a deserter from the Imperial Guard and joins a gang of thieves looking to steal hyperfuel to settle a debt with a dangerous criminal. Along the way Han meets Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian and Tobias Beckett as they must win a race against time.

I’ve never really big into Star Wars as a franchise, I’ve seen only a small handful of the movies and while I can see why it’s amassed such a following it’s never been really something that I’m in to. The last Star Wars movie I watched was Episode VII and since that was released back in 2015 I have missed the releases of Rogue One and The Last Jedi and I’m cool with it. Will I watch the two movies I missed? Possibly but I don’t care enough to go out of my way to. So, when I saw the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story I honestly thought it looked like it was going to suck and it was a movie that I didn’t care either way whether I went to see or not. With that being said, there’s not a great deal out in the cinema at the moment as I eagerly await the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom but the wife and I decided meh, lets give Solo a chance and see what happens.

With my initial doubts on the quality of Solo pushed to the back of my mind I was pleasantly surprised at how it turned out. The action was fast paced and exciting and it was visually a stunning movie to watch. Some of the action sequences were magnificent to watch and extremely well put together that it made for very easy viewing. The top notch visuals aren’t much of a surprise as all Star Wars movies that I’ve seen are incredible to look at and this is no different but what I wasn’t expecting was how likeable all the characters were. Usually in movies like this that have so many things going on with so many characters being included I usually end up disliking a handful of them for whatever reason but in Solo: A Star Wars Story all of the main characters were engaging and were easy to root for and empathise with.

Woody Harrelson as rogue bandit Tobias Beckett was wonderful to watch and the chemistry he shared with Alden Ehrenreich, who played Han Solo, was superb. They both really played off of each other extremely well as their teacher/student style relationship began to blossom. Paul Bettany also features as the dangerous and powerful crime boss Dryden Vos and he was one of the surprising standout performers. While he played quite an important character, he didn’t get a great deal of screen time but when he did he was very effective. I haven’t seen Bettany in a great deal but I never realised he could be as sinister as he was in this movie. Another great relationship within the movie was had between Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover who played Millennium Falcon captain Lando Calrissian, their developing relationship was comedy gold and for sure the funniest aspect of the film.

While Solo has a lot of positives the one thing that I didn’t particular like was it’s over use of comedy. While I like to laugh as much as the next person, I’d rather see a great adventure unfold with the occasional funny one liner or witty remark from time to time. I felt Solo was trying way to hard to be a comedy adventure movie that it forgot about the adventure at times. Too many times I had to stop myself from sighing because of the sheer amount of poorly placed and unnecessary comedy. Also, while all previous Star Wars movies have never used subtitles for Chewbacca’s speech I feel he has never had a more prominent role when it comes to speaking and I just would’ve preferred the use of subtitles rather than Han Solo relaying everything he says.

Overall, I was very surprised with how Solo: A Star Wars Story turned out as my initial feeling towards the trailer was extremely negative. Great visuals and characters were let down by the constant overuse of comedy. Less jokes more action and Solo would’ve been a better movie to watch.

7/10

2 thoughts on “Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

  1. I agree with so much of what you said, and from what I read, when Ron Howard took the movie over, he killed a lot of the comedy. That said, much like the Marvel movies, I think it would be nice to see each director have their unique take on the Star Wars universe. I know it’s a trilogy of trilogies, but can you tell the style of anybody making the other movies apart? I saw it did OK at the box office, but audiences are not showing up as expected. That’s too bad. This movie shouldn’t be abandoned like a pro wrestling blog.

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    1. Haha the wrestling blog was hard to keep up with. With so little time spare I had to make a sacrifice somewhere. Maybe I can revisit it at some point in the future. Also Solo definitely has a different style to any other of the Star Wars movie that I’ve seen which was refreshing

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