A brand-spanking new Star Wars film where a young Han Solo carries the lead is exactly the type of thing most of us fans wanted to see. The galaxy far, far away expands even further with new planets, terrains, troopers, vehicles, alien species, and characters to love and hate in this film. Alden Ehrenreich’s performance as Han Solo was spot-on, along with strong supporting performances by Donald Glover (Lando Calrissian), Phoebe Waller-Bridge (L3-37), and Paul Bettany (Dryden Vos). While this film is entirely a must-see for Star Wars fans, it isn’t perfect and does have some glaring flaws. Allow me to go further into detail.
Han Solo’s film did exactly what every other Star Wars film has done by expanding its universe of creatures and planets while opening up the viewer’s sense of adventure and wonder. Many of the landscapes and worlds in Solo felt hostile and unapologetic which played seamlessly with Han’s carefree/arrogant demeanor. Without spoiling too much, there’s one scene in particular towards the climax of the film where Han and the rest of the crew are trying to escape some gigantic space squid. And while this scene was a treat to watch, it reminded me of how terrifying the depths of space can be in Star Wars, and that’s something I really liked.
Ehrenreich’s performance as Han Solo was not only the most crucial part of this film but was also the most well-executed. Alden embodied Han Solo by encompassing the spirit, body language, facial expression and demeanor of the character perfected by Harrison Ford. I was very excited to see Donald Glover’s performance as Lando Calrissian, and he didn’t disappoint. I like that the writers grew Lando’s character and showcased his friendship with Han. In a similar sense, I love how the movie tells the story of Chewie and Han met. Seriously guys. This might be your favorite scene. Anywho, I liked Woody Harrelson’s performance in the film, but I feel like it may be forgotten by me over time. I wish his character, Beckett, meant more to the story than he actually did. While I enjoyed his ruthless/anything it takes/cowboy manner, I just felt that this is the only character that came up short, which is surprising coming from a role played by the great Woody Harrelson. Paul Bettany as Dryden Vos was absolutely terrifying. You don’t happen to know Dryden, do you? Good. Don’t tell him I said all of this, just trying to do my job, here.
Solo: A Star Wars Story successfully answers a multitude of questions about the upbringing of the space gunslinger himself. There were plenty of ‘aha’ moments surrounding the origin of the Millenium Falcon down to every small detail about Han himself, and that was enjoyable. The pacing of the film definitely could have been worked on. Scenes closer to the start of the film would drag on for a teensy bit before the ball started to get rolling towards the middle of the film. Furthermore, there are a few pleasant surprises that are going to blow people’s mind’s as well. I’ll stay quiet on that. The action in Solo is very rewarding, and it was always fun rooting for Han whenever he took the helm of any speeder or the Millenium Falcon itself. Having said that, Solo showcases how tough the Millenium Falcon actually is and even beat it up just to show the audience how much it can endure.
So, there you have it guys! Solo: A Star Wars Story is out in theaters now! Pick up those tickets soon as this film is a great viewing option for you and the family. Personally, I’m a big fan of the film. Alden, Donald, Paul, Emilia, and Phoebe all deliver excellent performances. If you’re a Star Wars fan, of course, this is the film for you. Conclusively, the film builds upon the iconic character who is Han Solo.
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