Solo: A Star Wars Story review

Solo is the origin of a lot of people’s favorite Star Wars character Han Solo. I was concerned about this since we didn’t see a single movie trailer till a few months before release and that the original directors were fired but I still had hope. Alden Ehrenreich does put effort into playing Han Solo while not being too much of a wink to the audience. He’s no Harrison Ford but it was better casting than Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker. Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is the real stand out of the cast. He captures the same energy and likability as Billy Dee Williams from episode V and VI.

The new characters honestly were not that memorable. Beckett was just another mentor, Qi’ra was just another female Star Wars character and Dryden Vos was another mob boss villain. Beckett’s crew felt wasted since they die early in the movie and don’t leave an impact. Even Chewbacca felt like he was there just because he would become Han’s first mate. There’s only two new characters that I really liked. One is L3-37 who’s sort of like a female version of K-2SO (both badass). The other is Enfys Nest because I liked how it’s revealed that she’s a good guy fighting for the rebellion instead of another masked villain. I also like the chorus that plays whenever she’s onscreen.

Solo had some really good action but I think the best action scene was conveyex train heist on Vandor. I like the location (Star Wars really nails snowy planets), the design of the train, and the choreography. It’s a really fun action scene. The planet however is home to one of my main gripes with the movie. After the train heist fails they have to meet with Dryden Vos at his yacht which just so happen to be on the same planet. Han’s girlfriend who’s the reason Han was trying to get back to his home planet is also there too. Than when they have to find Lando for a ship it just so happens he’s on the same planet. It seems too coincidental that all these plot elements would be on the same planet.

Solo wasn’t the most necessary Star Wars movie that had to be made though it’s less unnecessary than a Boba Fett movie. It’s definitely not the strongest of the recent Star Wars movies. It’s still a fun movie about one of the best characters in the franchise.

+ Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo
+ Donald Glover as Lando
+ Train heist
– Plot conveniences
– Weak new characters

Score: B

And now, here are my top 10 favorite Star Wars movies.
10. Attack of the Clones
9. The Phantom Menace
8. Revenge of the Sith
7. Solo
6. Return of the Jedi
5. Rogue One
4. The Empire Strikes Back
3. The Last Jedi
2. The Force Awakens
1. A New Hope

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