Solo: A Star Wars Story
By James Davidson
Solo: A Star Wars Story takes us back to a long, long time ago, to a galaxy far, far away, to see the origin story of Han Solo. The movie tells the story of how Han Solo became a pilot, came to own the Millennium Falcon, teams up with Chewbacca, and even how he got the name Solo.
The film begins with Han, (played by Alden Ehrenreich),getting separated from his girlfriend, Qi’ra, (played by Emilia Clarke), when the Empire invades their homeworld. Han then joins the Empire to become a pilot, out of necessity. While fighting for the Empire and trying to get back to Qi’ra, Han meets con artist and smuggler Beckett, who is played by Woody Harrelson. He joins up with Beckett and his group of bandits in order to steal enough money to buy a ship to get back to the woman he loves.
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this movie. While I appreciated all of the iconic moments, such as when Han meets his wookie best friend Chewbacca for the first time, I felt as though this movie wasn’t really necessary. A lot of the explanations felt forced, such as Han getting the name Solo simply because he signed up for the Empire alone.
I thought the casting of the characters was, for the most part, very well done. Donald Glover plays a young Lando Calrissian and is perfectly cast in my opinion. I can really believe that Glover’s Lando really is a younger version of of the Billy Dee Williams rendition of the character. They act very similar and have a lot of the same characteristics.
The same can not be said for Ehrenreich’s version of Han Solo. While I thought the part was acted very well I never really felt as though I got to see the transformation from the nice, innocent, “good guy” that Ehrenreich played to the sarcastic, “scruffy-looking, nerf herder” that Harrison Ford played in the earlier films.
That being said, I thought the movie was very well written and the story was told very well. The action scenes will keep you on the edge of your seat. Although I thought some of the suspense was held in check because we already know that neither Chewbacca, Han, or Lando can die. I also think the movie could have been shortened, as it is two hours and fifteen minutes long and can get a little slow in places.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, is rated PG-13 for sequences of sci-fi action/violence.
I thought this was a very exciting, well acted, and well written movie with good action sequences. But is it a good Han Solo origin story? I will let you decide, it earns 3.5 out of 5 stars.