Last week I went to see Solo but I did not have the time to write anything about it until now. Basically, the film is another instalment documenting the story before the actual main films happened. We’ve had Rogue One before this one, which showed how the Death Star came to be. Solo focuses on, don’t be surprised, Han Solo and his origin. Rumour has it that there will be a film about Obi Wan Kenobi as well, but this has yet to be confirmed. We do know Ewan McGregor is game for reprising his role. But let’s get back to Solo. Is it any good or should Disney just stop with all the spinoffs in this series?
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
Basically, Solo is an entertaining ride. The stakes are never really high, not compared to the original story or the new trilogy. It was fun to see how Han actually met Chewie and the road he took to become a pilot. We also get to see how he actually acquired the Millennium Falcon. Yet while the stakes may not be high, the outcome of the film does spark the fire of Han storyline in the later films. This makes the film rather interesting. Even in the slower moments, I found myself to be entertained. It was just a fun rollercoaster ride and in the end, everyone got off with a smile. Let’s be fair, that is more than can be said of The Last Jedi (which I loved, to be honest). It just goes to show that not every Star Wars film has to be the same. It doesn’t always have to end with a massive space battle or the potential destruction of the universe. Sometimes it’s good enough to just be a fun ride.
A Safe Bet
The one thing that could be considered a flaw is that despite the film being very entertaining, it felt safe in a way. Whereas the Last Jedi had quite a few memorable events that divided the fandom, Solo has none. It could be because there wasn’t much time to finish the film or because of criticism in the past regarding the new films. Yes, if you compare it to earlier films, this one might be quite bland. Despite the fact that I found it very entertaining, I would have liked it if the film had incorporated more funny moments. I think considering the character the film is about, this wouldn’t have been out of place. Either way, you don’t always have to colour outside the box to reap the rewards.
One thing that makes the film so much fun is also the cast. Emilia Clarke can do no wrong. She is great as Qi’ra, Han’s childhood sweetheart who turns out to be so much more. Woody Harrison is always a joy to watch as well. And let us not forget Donald Glover who does an excellent job at portraying a young Lando. But the actor who is most important in this film is Alden Ehrenreich, who has been cast as Han. It was never going to be easy for him as he has massive shoes to fill. Besides, the Star Wars fandom is very outspoken. They are not the kind of fans that think everything about their favourite franchise is the best. Despite all of that, I think he did a great job. I feel like he did capture Han’s spirit. He nailed the cocky posture and cheeky smile. There is no one who can replace Harrison Ford, but I think Ehrenreich comes close enough.
Disney has announced that it will release a Star Wars film every year. While this may make the series feel less special, I think they are off to a good start. Solo is a safe breath of fresh air, which is welcome in a franchise that has a tendency to be rather dark at times. Solo might not be the best film in the franchise, but it’s still a must-see for every Star Wars fan, or for those who are just looking for a fun night out.