MOVIE REVIEW: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Rebellious young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) joins a band of outlaws stealing stuff on behalf of an organisation called Red Dawn (sounds like far right organisation). His plan is to get back to his beloved Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) who he has been separated from by the Empire. Along the way he meets his lifelong companion, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and his favourite frenemy, Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) who join him for the adventure.

I think it is very telling that I watched this on Friday and I can’t really remember what happened. I mean Woody Harrelson was there, which was nice. Paul Bettany plays a ruthless bastard with a scar, which is also fun. There is an amazing trainjacking that looks incredible and was probably the best thing about the movie. Oh and about twenty mad double-crosses at the last minute. In the end it all comes down to massive empires, bad. Rebellion, good.

It’s colder than a Ewok’s balls out here

Ehrenreich is suitably reckless and charming as Han. He is not as battle worn or cynical as older Han, which is to be expected. It’s not a wildly challenging role and he’s… fine. Of course Clarke can’t act her way out of a paper bag, which Game of Thrones fans will already know. #isaidwhatisaid. Consequently, she is forgettable and her character is a bit of a nothing character, making it hard to understand why Han is so desperate to get back to her.

The most charming, lovable characters end up being Chewy and Lando’s anarchic droid, L3-37 (voiced by Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Waller-Bridge is perfection in everything she does and L3-37 is no exception. She is hilarious, cheeky and unpredictable and it’s not surprising that Lando is so fond of her.

Is Solo one of the better films in the Star Wars universe? No. Is it necessary? No. Is it watchable? Well it’s not terrible. It’s just meh. You’ll miss nothing by missing it.

2.5/5

8 Comments

  1. I watched the original film on release, and then went to see ‘The Empire Strikes Back’. I liked Yoda, as he reminded me of me. I didn’t bother with any more of the sequels, as they all looked too similar, and didn’t star the original cast any more.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. None of the newer ones (some are prequels, some are sequels) really touch the originals and this one certainly isn’t the best example.

  2. Meh is such a onomatopoeia word. It got such bad reviews I left it.

  3. I can’t bring myself to watch this. I didn’t like Rogue One very much and no Harrison Ford = No Han Solo.

    1. You won’t miss much. It’s a complete unnecessary prequel. It doesn’t add anything to the overall story.

  4. I watched this one if February and I can’t remember a single thing about it.

    1. I am not at all surprised.

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