Star Wars, Solo, Han Solo, Movie Review

SOLO – A STAR WARS STORY… does anyone else think that’s a bad title? Because I do! It just seems lazy and weird. All you need is the name Han Solo in there and everyone will know the franchise. Seriously. “It’s a Star Wars movie, see? Nah we’re not making it obvious enough, let’s say it’s a Star Wars Story. Ya see now, ya see?”. YES! I see it. It’s Han Solo, I KNOW. JESUS!!!

Which  brings me to another thing: this movie has no purpose. None! It is a cash-cow. We never needed or demanded a Han Solo origin story. What we’re being served here is a Star Wars commercial, pretty much. It’s title shouldn’t be Solo – it should be Zero!

But let’s look at the movie itself. What’s it about? Well, it’s about a boatload of things. The whole movie is so rushed, you’ll never know what the message was by the end. The objective of course is to portray the origins of the Han Solo everyone loves in the original Star Wars flicks. You’d think they’d give him an amazing character arc, right? There’s almost none. Zero! Don’t get me wrong, Alden Einrech does a decent job with his on-screen charisma, but we never see him change. I thought the point of the movie was to transform him from an idealist to a rogue smuggler or something like that. He tries to act like he’s some tough gangster, but it’s all drowned in harmless jokes and a permanent boyish grin.

Emilia Clarke plays Han Solo’s love interest, which is cool except that she displays no love whatsoever. I found her stiff and emotionless in this movie. Woody Harrelson plays Han Solo’s mentor, but their dynamic is rushed like almost every other aspect of the film. Donald Glover plays Lando Calrissian, Han’s rival. Harmless is the word that comes to mind here again. Glover may be charming, but he isn’t the best actor. Come at me with your pitchfork if you disagree.

So what’s good, you ask? The cinematography and production design don’t fail to impress, as you can expect from Star Wars. The soundtrack is classic stuff. The jokes work pretty well. They stay in context and don’t feel forced. However the dialogue tone could have used a few checks. Several emotional moments fail to land for because we’re not getting enough time with the characters in their dilemma. There are entertaining bits throughout and the writing works pretty effectively overall. Paul Bettany did well as the villain. I wish there was more of him.

I couldn’t care less if SOLO – A STAR WARS STORY had never been made. It wasn’t a good film or a bad one. It’s just meh, as Chewie might say.

Star Rating (out of 5:) ***

Review by: SAM SILBER
Sam Silber