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Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

Solo Movie Review
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First and foremost I must admit I was shocked when I saw the trailer for Solo premiere during the 2018 Super Bowl. Up until that moment, I had genuinely believed the next foray into the Star Wars canon would star Lando. As one of the few black people in Star Wars and the suavest of them all, interest for a film focused on Lando has always been bubbling beneath the blerd surface. Thanks to the critical success of Atlanta, Donald Glover has been accumulating hundreds of admirers full of effusive praise and had been cast as a young Lando in the hearts of many for years. My jaw dropped when I realized this film would be all about Han.

The Solo trailers failed to inspire any anticipation, but I remained curious. After all, this centuries’ reboot of the Star Wars franchise has been far more enjoyable than the last. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi have been my top picks, so I was willing to join Han and Chewie along for this prequel ride. However, as Maya Angelou once said, “When someone shows you who they are, believe them.”

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Despite starting with a chase, the first half hour of Solo plods along with jokes and quips falling flat. The first impression was that perhaps this was a film made more for children than adults. The pace picks up once Han and Chewie (Joonas Suotamo) (Alden Ehrenreich) intertwine their future and fortunes with that of Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Val (Thandie Newton), and Rio (Jon Favreau); a trio of bandit smugglers working on a big score for crime lord Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). When things predictably go wrong, the remaining crew do their best to make it up to Vos.

Bettany as Dryden Vos is engaging and intense as a villain but is given far too little do. Newton’s talent and charisma, along with my hope of a Black woman playing a significant part in the series is thoroughly betrayed. Glover as Lando is just as suave as ever, although at times his performance feels more like a Billy Dee Williams impersonation. L-3 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Lando’s droid companion is charming, witty, and woke bot #1 with a sincerity concerning equity for droids.

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Ehrenreich’s Han is the Achilles’ heel of the cast. His character is made of quips, flight skills, and not much else. His parentless past doesn’t seem to affect him. He is only ever full of self-confidence. Teflon to hardships there’s nothing for the audience to hold on to or sympathize with. He’s an amalgamation of teenage boy’s most fervent wishes of cool instead of rich and developed character deserving that is deserving of an entire film.

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New friends are found, alliances made, rejoicing in reunions, a robot revolution, hearts are broken, and several backs are stabbed before it’s all over. Despite dragging in many places over two and a half hours, Solo does have a few rewarding scenes that keep the viewer engaged and even surprised. Fervent Star Wars fans are going to love Solo, but a more casual fan is better off waiting for a streaming option. Wait.

Solo hits theaters this Friday, May 25thPurchase your tickets now at Fandango, so you don’t get sold out. Have you seen Solo? Share your thoughts on the film in the comment section below!

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Melody Parks
Thirty-something Atlanta native who has been writing film reviews for nearly a decade while also podcasting blerdiness with Nerdgasm Noire. She is full of opinions and a deep believer in the power of pop culture and representation.

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17 thoughts on “Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review

  1. I haven’t seen any Star War’s movies and will continue to not watch them. Thanks for the synopsis.

  2. Straight money grab! If any highlights was The woke droid and a surprise appearance. As a big Star Wars fan I was let down. But hey that’s just me.

  3. Over all I thought this was a good movie and I’m not a big star wars fan but i would pay to see this movie again

  4. When I saw the movie Solo: A Star Wars Movie, I was afraid to see it. Harrison Ford is Han Solo period. So it was hard to see someone else play Han Solo. I drunk some icy cold water and ate three Strawberries before going to the free screening of Han Solo. The movie was beautiful from start to finish. The reading in the movie is Star Wars, and that’s when I knew I was home. The acting, character development, casting, and story line was just enough to show us Han Solo truth. The angry romantic that won Princess Leia was in this man that was playing two men Harrison Ford playing Han Solo. The control of the Space Ship, and the understanding of Space Ship and Space plus the connection he had with his long time friend was beautiful. Bravo!!! Pay to see this movie. The Oscar critics gave it a B and my option and heart of hearts I give Solo: A Star Wars Story an A-. Good day. <{}Mr. Lee{}

  5. Was never able to get into Star Wars movies so will take your advice and wait. Appreciate your honesty because don’t want to waste my time.

  6. I enjoyed Solo even though I was not familiar with and of the Star wars movies made in the late 90s and 2000s. I do feel like I might need a refresher. Thank you for your review.

  7. I extremely disagree with this review. In my opinion, this was by far better than “Force Awakens” (which was basically “New Hope”, just with the roles switched around). This movie is, at least as good a Rogue One (if you liked Rogue One, cant see why you would not like this….). I would definitely say PAY.

  8. No Darth Vader? no light saber (almost)? Please. I consider myself a fan, since I saw all Star Wars movies. I was disappointed by this movie. While it had some good things and some new things, the good things were not new, and the new things were not exactly good. There were, not necessarily in this order: 1. one Han Solo actor who tried desperately to look like Harrison Ford’s Solo – and the paradoxical thing was that he was close, but by being close he reminded us that he just resembled Harrison Ford, was not him; 2. a totally confusing love story between Lando and a she-robot who militates for robots’ rights (?!? really ?!) 3. what exactly was that fuel/substance that they search during the entire movie?! why was it that important? never heard of it 4. a Becket who was played by an actor that I unfortunately saw in major productions, such as Natural Born Killers and countless others, far more superior and far more “noir” than this predictable back-stabber; 5. a Qi’ra that we all know from Games of Thrones – against, her part was too minimal for such a talented actress. What was her story again? Please, I don’t want to see her again. 6. what to make with the hidden villain from prequel no. 1 (won’t say his name) ?! wasn’t he supposed to be dead? does this mean we can anticipate Snoke’s comeback in Episode 9, as he died more or less the same way?! another thing that I found depressing was that everything was doubled in the movie, you had the same things twice, same story, same plot, even the minor plots (such as the sabbac game). did I forgot someone? well, at least Chewie was a convincing chess player, they got it right. yeah, and the familiar feeling of deja vu for the big ending, taken from the Da Vinci Code (same director). This was not a Star Wars movie, it was a Western movie (train robbery, lots of shooting, traps all over the place, even gambling) with some Star Wars characters. Worst Star Wars Movie, except prequels no. 1 and 2. In comparison, Rogue One was a masterpiece, at least they kill them all.

  9. I had missed the last one or two Star Wars movies, but I’m glad I was able to catch this screening. I definitely enjoyed it and the storyline. It also brought the humor here and there. Would recommend to others.

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