Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review

Yet another backstory in the Star Wars universe we did not need. I thought the Han Solo character was great as a smuggler with a mysterious past. When he was introduced in the first film, he was presented as an outlaw being hunted, one that isn’t afraid to kill in order to survive. He was also funny and charming. That guy was not in this movie.

Now don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed the story, it just ended up being exactly what I expected. Alden Ehrenreich did the best he could as Han Solo but I just feel like he wasn’t the best casting choice. The script didn’t do him any favors either as it tread familiar territory, scenarios, and beats we’ve seen before in the original trilogy. However there were extravagant set pieces that were full of action and tension that intrigued me.

The origin they provided for the iconic Solo was cookie cutter at best. I couldn’t get emotionally invested in him or Lando Calrissian because I knew they’d survive. This is the problem I have with prequels especially those by Disney. If you are a hardcore fan of the galaxy far far away and need something to satisfy that itch, this might be it? The film struggled with it’s identity and lacked fully realized characters. I give it a 5 out of 10.


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