Solo: A Star Wars Story – Movie Review

We’ve said that Solo: A Star Wars Story was one of the movies we were excited for this year, and so, naturally, I went to see it the day it came out.  And now I’ll put my thoughts about it in writing, cause that’s what we’re all here for.

And worry not, my fellow nerdy people, I shall not spoil this movie for you. That’s right, no spoilers!

I have to sort out my thought process, so it’s possible that this post is a little messy. Sorry about that.

Let’s start with the premise of this movie, because, let’s be honest, the only reason most of us were looking forward to this movie was because it’s Han Solo, and pretty much everyone loves Han Solo. So it was a promising start with a beloved lead character – which, admittedly, made Alden Ehrenreich’s job pretty difficult, because protraying a cult character like this one is no small feat. But more on that later. Like I said, the premise was promising, but then they showed the first trailer, and I don’t know about you guys, but I wasn’t sold. It did not look all that good, but I had hope, because making trailers is hard, and you should not judge a movie by its trailer.

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Or maybe you should. Cause the first trailer was the first sign of what this movie was going to be. The second one was good, I’ll give them that.

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But I’ll get to that later, too. I want to talk about the story first. Because, let me tell you, it was not a good story. The general idea is okay, but the delivery is boring, there are no real twists, it’s incredibly predictable and too long.

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And the characters… jesus christ, the characters. I mean, we all know and love Han Solo. He’s a beloved character. You’d think that, under the pressure of making a film about him, they would have done a little research into his personality – but no, apparently, they did not. He’s grinning all the goddamn time. Like, non stop. I’m not even kidding. And Alden Ehrenreich really tries to copy Harrison Ford’s (iconic) smile/grin – you know the one -, but he just looks like a happy kid on Christmas Eve.

He’s also wayyyy too good. Han Solo is supposed to be an outlaw with a love for money that conflicts with his moral compass from time to time. Young Han Solo just has a very strong moral compass and does the right thing all. the. time. It’s boring! Where’s the courage to have a morally ambiguous, charsmatic, charming bad boy who ends up making the right decision, but also took a few wrong turns along the way? Where’s the character development from someone just looking for a big pay-day to the Han Solo who went back to help the Rebellion? Where’s the exasperation at the straight-forward good-guyness of people like Luke Skywalker? Where’s the emotion? Cause half of this movie, he just acts like a smiley idiot in love, and the other half, he’s trying to convince smugglers and the likes to do the right thing, even though he’s supposed to be one of them.

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Tobias Beckett is a text-book crook, predictable in every move he makes. Qi’ra is interesting enough because she can’t seem to decide whose side she’s on, but the decision she makes at the end is still 100% predictable. At least Emilia Clarke’s acting was on point. She delivered a tortured character with a tragic backstory that the audience never learns anything about, which is stupid, cause how are we supposed to care about her and her story when we know nothing about it?

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I think the only one who does a good job the whole time with delivery and acting, and who feels most aligned with whom he later becomes, is Donald Glover‘s Lando Calrissian. And Chewie, of course, cause he’s Chewie. As a side-note, I did enjoy watching Han’s and Chewie’s relationship develop, at least at first, but then it just turns ridiculous, cause they don’t actually know each other all that well, but are suddenly inseperable? Anyway, back to Lando. He’s what I would have liked Han to be. He’s not a bad person, but he’s also not a do-gooder with perfect decision-making abilities. He’s in this thing cause he’s the one with the ship, that’s it. And he makes no secret of where he stands. I like that. I really, really wish they would have had the guts to do the same thing with Han.

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The editing is a bit choppy, but otherwise alright. The action sequences are good, the effects are incredible – after all, Disney is a multi-billion dollar company, and they’ve been doing this for a while. They know what they’re doing on that front. And the music was okay, at least the parts by John Williams.

All in all, I was incredibly disappointed by this movie. It feels like Disney just went: “well, people like Star Wars, they like Han Solo, so let’s make a movie about him”, but then were too lazy to write an actual good movie and decided “meh, it’s Star Wars, people are gonna watch it anyway, so who cares?” And that’s the story of how this movie came to be.

Rating: Poor. This is simply not a good movie, in my opinion. I don’t like what they’ve done with Han Solo, I don’t like the story, and the entire thing just feels lazy. I kind of feel bad for the actresses and actors, cause I’m pretty sure/I know that they can do a lot better than this, but were maybe not given enough creative freedom to do something good. The result is not worth the money for the movie ticket, and I kind of wish that it flops and Disney realizes that they can’t just slap their name on everything and expect everyone to give them money for okay movies. Cause Disney can do better, and they should do better for the power they have.

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What about you guys? Did you see Solo: A Star Wars Story? What did you think about it? I’d love to hear the thoughts of someone who enjoyed it, so I can look at the other side of things and maybe change my mind on a few aspects.

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