I will be straight up my friends – I was wrong. I’ve talked about it in posts and on the podcast – how not getting the trailer till the superbowl was a bad sign, how none of the trailers made me excited, how I didn’t think there was anywhere Han’s story could go, how the actor playing Han looked bad, etc. But it’s ‘a Star War’, so I still had to see it with my amazing wife. And I’m super glad I did.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a pleasant, fun, and very enjoyable surprise. I went in with the lowest expectations I’ve ever had for a Star Wars movie, and I ended up leaving incredibly surprised at how enjoyable and fun it was. To be upfront, it has some pacing issues and at times feels its length, but that’s it for the flaws for me. Where it succeeds though is its cast, how it handles its characters, and its smaller story.
The cast in this film was fantastic, and showed a great amount of chemistry – especially between Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke. To give credit where it’s do; both Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover did really solid jobs playing Han Solo and Lando Calrissian – two characters who were very much linked to Harrison Ford and Billy Dee Williams. Both actors had big, swagger filled shoes to fill, and were able to do the job – heck, at points they did things where you’d go ‘that was a very Billy Dee movement’ or ‘that’s a Harrison pose!’. The rest of core cast is great aswell, with Emilia Clarke being fantastic in her role (and a blast to watch), Paul Bettany being a wonderful villain (who we needed more of), Woody Harrelson being enjoyable, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s comedic droid L3-37 (who could possibly end up being unintentionally offensive due to the character) being a fun addition. Particular praise also goes to Joonas Suotamo, who played Chewbacca like nobodies business.
The films smaller/character driven story definitely made it more enjoyable. It reminded me of the MCU’s Antman – a small heist movie after a big, threat to the world Avengers. This was a character focused heist movie, without all the ‘threat to the face of the galaxy’ ‘big’ twist and turns that have been heavily featured in the last few films (not named Rogue One). Yes, its story had stakes, but they were smaller, which allowed for some really good character moments. That tighter and smaller focus made me enjoy this movie a lot more.
Best of all, that unexpected but fantastic cameo. SO GOOD SON!!!
So with all that in mind, go see Solo my friends. Don’t write this flick off like I was about to, and don’t expect it to be amazing either. Hopefully, you’ll enjoy it as much – if not more – than I did.
If you saw it, what did you think of Solo? Let me know in the comments!
Also, if you’re interested in the box office side of things (because, and don’t let this sway you; Solo is underperforming) and that perspective on the movie – Screen Junkies has a video (or a section of a video) that you can check out here (and watch until 29:31):
Unrelatedly, here’s a worship song I can’t get out of my head that I just have to share:
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