Hello everyone and welcome to the Sarlacc Pit! We were blessed two weeks ago with a new Star Wars movie entitled “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” This movie was the second stand alone anthology film produced that does not belong to the main Star Wars saga (much like “Rogue One”). As such, this movie was actually an origin story to everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder, Han Solo. This week, I will be doing a review of the movie, where I will attempt to keep spoilers to a minimum. However, still read at your own risk!
This movie starts on Corellia, where Han is trying to escape his life as an orphan working for a crime boss. The movie follows his journey as he briefly joins the Empire, then hooks up with a crime outfit to escape life as a soldier. The movie shows Han’s early smuggling career as he meets Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, and the love of his life: the Millennium Falcon. However, it’s not all just familiar faces played by younger actors, and we meet new characters that are all pretty fantastic!
Despite getting lower box office numbers than Disney hoped for (probably due to a glut of huge movies coming out this year around the same time), I think this movie was a very enjoyable film. One thing that I like about the anthology movies is that once the film comes out you don’t have to spend hours dissecting it and coming up with your own personal fan theories. Because of this, “Solo” is a fun ride with some cool action, visually stunning scenes, and interesting characters.
The best part about this movie, to me, was the characters. The new actors playing old characters did a pretty great job! Of course, everyone loves Donald Glover so it was no surprise that he nailed Lando Calrissian, but I was unsure of Alden Ehrenreich (playing Han Solo) and found myself pleasantly surprised as he pulled off a pretty solid young Han. Even better to me, though, were the new characters Woody Harrelson’s Beckett (soon to have his own Marvel One-Shot comic issue) was a great mentor to young Han Solo. Paul Bettany did a fantastic job playing an eccentric crime lord (seriously, he should be in more stuff). But honestly, my favorite character was L3-37 (played by Phoebe Waller-Bridge), Lando’s droid who serves as his co-pilot/lover(?). Seriously, L3-37 was fantastic.
Now, it’s not a movie about Han Solo without some high-stakes flying, and of course we get that! We see Han in the pilot’s chair of the Falcon for the first time in Solo, as well as behind the wheel of a land speeder in a pretty cool car chase scene.
Now, of course the movie was not perfect. One downside to this movies is that there are times when it feels like I am watching a movie based on a page from Wookieepedia.com (the Star Wars Wiki for those who don’t know). It kind of felt at points like things were put in the movie just to explain something from the original trilogy.
Another downside was that the timeline was unclear. It was hard to determine how much time this movie spanned, and thus somewhat difficult to place on a timeline, but honestly, that’s only gonna bother a few super nerds.
A final downside was that that there was a major cameo at the end of the movie (possibly setting up for another anthology film, who knows), that is going to be completely confusing to any people who just watch the movies. Fans of the animated series will be stoked, but otherwise it was just strange to see this character on the big screen in this film.
The best description I can give of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is “fun.” It’s a fun ride, with fun characters, with a fun story. It’s not going to completely change the Star Wars canon, and it’s not especially groundbreaking, but it is worth seeing. As such, I give this movie a solid 7.5/10. Go check it out!
That’s all for this week. Next time I’m going to keep riding the “Solo” train and compare the characters from “Solo” to how they have been portrayed in other stories. As always, thanks for reading, and may the Force be with you!