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Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.
Here is something I never thought I would be saying, 2 Star Wars movies in less than a year! Maybe if I was young I’d be excited but I’m come to believe you can have too much of a good thing. You can tire of anything. I shouldn’t be so negative, I was looking forward to a new installment in Star Wars. It’s just once the reviews and the disappointing numbers rolled in my excitement was lessened. I didn’t rush out to see it (or bother with IMAX) but as I’ve seen every SW movie in theater since 1983, I wasn’t about to miss one. I was also curious to see how Ron Howard would do directing and of course the big shoes Alden Ehrenreich (playing young Han) and Donald Glover (Young Lando) had to fill.
I’ll go back to positive. This movie has plenty of action, great special effects, some nice laughs, LOTS of nods/Easter eggs, a good story and one of the biggest surprises ever in a Star Wars movie (not as big as Empire but still really cool). The acting (for the most part) was good. Woody Harrelson continues to impress with his range of acting skills. Emilia Clarke is really good and Donald Glover does a good job as Lando. The big issue here is Alden, I hate to single out one actor but as Han is the main character, it’s a serious problem. For most of the movie he just doesn’t have the charisma or the ease that Harrison Ford put into the role. I know it’s too late to cast someone else and he will (unfortunately) be given a Hayden (Anakin) kind of status with many fans (which isn’t a good thing.)
I read a review that said this movie is more for young teenagers 13-15, that certainly could be true. I enjoyed the movie but it just didn’t have the magic I’ve felt with most of the other Star Wars films (at least not all the time). I enjoyed it much more than the prequels but would put in below Episode VIII, IX or Rogue One. On a positive note I did appreciate how many things are explained from Han and Lando’s past. Lots of gaps are filled in with the Star Wars cannon and the scenes when we first see the Millennium Falcon (and how Han won it) are a lot of fun. I really enjoyed how they introduced Chewy to Han, along with Lando to the both of them. Any more talk means…
So we learn that Han Solo was actually a pilot (and solider) with the Empire. This was a nice twist and explains a lot (why he is a great pilot and understands the Empire’s tactics for example). Of course the big deal is Darth Maul (yes I know just Maul know) is back! I did not see that coming at all! Excellent surprise, this confirms once again that at least most of the newer cartoon series are cannon. Maul has his robot legs and is now head of a criminal organization. While I know what happens to Maul I always thought this character was short-changed in the films and I would LOVE to see him at least one more time.
I hope Disney will take this as sign that one Star Wars movie a year is all that should be produced, if you want them to be a huge hit at least. I also think that Disney should be careful of when they release films. While May was traditionally when SW movies came out, I think they are better off sticking with December. This movie was strangely not marketed well and up against still competition (one of them being Disney’s own Avengers: Infinity War). So the first time in a while I can only give this 7.5 out of ten. I recommend it to any Star Wars fan but be prepared not not fall madly in love with it, it’s is sadly at best a mildly pleasant experience, most of the time. All that said I felt this period in time (just before the Rebellion) is a great time to tell stories. And I hope that either Obi-wan or Boba Fett movies pick up after this one leaves off (if we don’t get any more Solo movies of course). While I didn’t see it in IMAX I’ve been told that is the better experience and perhaps what you should go for. Please don’t bring small children, ages 13+ for violence, blood and some suggested sexual behavior.