Solo: A Star Wars Story

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A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.

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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.

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  • Luckily, just as tempers were starting to flare, Solo: A Star Wars Story has arrived to save the day.

    Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…
  • The tropes and twists of shamelessly recycled clichés are presented throughout with an absurd earnestness.

    May 27, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Nothing in Solo can compete with a single scene in The Force Awakens. But what this film does have is cape-clad pilot Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and his pal, uppity droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge).

    May 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Of all the Star Wars-themed movies, this one is the closest to a Saturday afternoon serial/western. Don't expect more than that.

    May 25, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
  • Young Han can only watch helplessly as the gravity of the Star Wars children's crusade overwhelms him and the wondrous fun run gives way to a joyless slog that actually undermines the heroism of A New Hope even as it seeks to foreshadow it.

    May 25, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • Whenever "Star Wars" tries to develop one of the franchise's key characters, it whiffs. "Solo" is no exception, a disappointment on par with "The Last Jedi" and the prequels.

    May 25, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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  • Feb 13, 2019
    f you want to read the review I wrote for this, go to letterboxd.com/HankIsDead514. I can no longer post long reviews on here and I'm not writing two separate reviews for the same movie.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2018
    Solo is a good old-fashioned Star Wars adventure (unlike the travesty that was The Last Jedi). The story follows the exploits of a young Han Solo who joins up with a band of mercenaries to help them pull off a heist. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Donald Glover, the film has a solid cast that delivers strong performances. And, the special effects and action sequences are especially well-done, making for some thrilling chases and fight scenes. Additionally, the writing does a fair job at hitting a lot of the marks of an origin story (given what is known about Han from the previous films) and at making callbacks. Considering all the behind-the-scenes turmoil, Solo proves to be a remarkably fun and entertaining film, and one of the better entries in the franchise.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2018
    There is no mention of the force. Barely a lightsaber is wielded. In these tangential Star Wars stories Disney has somehow figured out how to not only expand a brand, but simultaneously how to tell what were once mid-range, star-driven vehicles that have more or less become obsolete in the current theatrical landscape of tentpole after tentpole. It makes sense, to be not what everything else is, but instead what you need to be sometimes means taking up the mantle of that which will make people feel the urge to venture out to the theater while ultimately delivering something they didn't know they missed seeing on the big screen. And so, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a heist film that just so happens to feature characters with names and locations we recognize. Moreover, these characters may not require further backstory or exploration and in fact as much might be detrimental to the mythos of some while fascinating in other circumstances, but in this universe as it now exists both the recognizable and additional characters on display here all have their own stories that can be expanded upon and thus is the reason LucasFilm and Kathleen Kennedy no doubt found it a solid if not necessarily wholly compelling piece to produce in the beginning phases of these extraneous stories taking place around the core trilogies. Because of this and because of Disney's inability to add any genuine stakes to Solo given it takes place prior to the original trilogy and they've already spoiled what happens to the character after; the studio has been afforded the opportunity to make a Han Solo movie which isn't really as much a movie about who Han Solo is and why or how he became the Han Solo we all came to know and love in Star Wars, but more it is a movie about a team of scoundrels and smugglers who are always seeking that "one job to end all jobs". You know, the one they might retire on, settle all their debts with, and that will set them up prettily for the rest of their lives? Yeah, that's what Solo is. Solo is a mob drama of sorts, albeit an intergalactic one, that by default functions as part of two specific genres and works well enough to varying degrees in both for the general effect that it suffices to satisfy audiences seeking either type of movie just well enough. Does it hold much weight? No. Was it necessary? Of course not. Worst of all, it's not very efficient with its own storytelling in certain acts, but it's a fun enough time with characters that, if you loved them already, you won't mind hanging out with more and getting to meet some of their extended circles you weren't acquainted with prior. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 06, 2018
    It's becoming clear that Disney's attempt to turn Star Wars into a massive franchise akin to their beloved MCU, looks less like that particular juggernaut and more like the DCEU. Your mileage may vary on that loaded statement. Heck, I may be one of the few who doesn't hate either for simply existing, but facts are stubborn things - these movies should be better. Which brings us to Solo: A Star Wars Story. Yes, the most maligned big budget film of 2018 that nobody saw. Funny this is, for the few that actually did feel sorry for it - Solo was a competent film. And no, not because of low expectations. There are issues with cinematography and structure. But while everyone was b******g about reshoots and making "SOYLO" jokes, Solo ends up being the most no bull***t Star Wars movie of Disney's lineup, thus far. This does not mean the BEST. But it doesn't try to remake Star Wars (Force Awakens), subvert it with hostility (The Last Jedi), or issue out fan service (Rogue One). It's a charming, straight-forward picture, with a just a couple of references and cameos, but sticks to a simple three-act structure without s******g the pooch. Or Wookie so to speak. Alden Ehrenreich proved himself to be the best part of the otherwise forgettable Hail Caesar, and one could see why he was cast as everyone's favorite smuggler. His take is not an impersonation of Harrison Ford and I'm glad it wasn't. Avoiding caricature, he is allowed to be a bit more naïve toward the beginning of the film and matures and hardens as the story moves along. It is interesting how the moral presented to both him and the audience is to trust NO ONE and ALWAYS shoot first. Advice I could have used in both my personal and professional life. Ehrenreich, like the film he stars in, is more than competent, but was prejudged by the worst fandom in the galaxy. He was assigned the same label that destroyed Brandon Routh's mainstream career - "milquetoast." Woody Harrelson steals the show at times, literally, as a piece-of-s**t criminal who Han Solo both takes notes from and despises. Donald Glover is as good as the notices would have you believe as Lando Calrissian, though he and his reviled droid counterpart are barely in the film, contrary to all the ink spilled on them. It is debatable whether or not Emilia Clarke will have much of a mainstream career after Game of Thrones wraps up next year, but she impresses here as a lively femme fatale who isn't there to s***w Han over so much as to reinforce the core message the film has for him. Some of the best moments in the film relate to its simple, unpretentious humor, the banter between Chewbacca and Han, and the h*****h state of the galaxy under Imperial expansion before the Rebellion. I mentioned before subpar camera work, and I meant it. EVERY shot was poorly lit and it was so physically dark it was hard to make out details. In addition, many shots are flat and uninspired. This may be a result of rushed reshoots when Ron Howard had to take over production late in the game. Speaking of which, Howard is a bit underrated himself, and studio hack or not, he always keeps a brisk pace and he rarely outright misfires. As for the ultimate fate of Solo and Star Wars stand alone movies, this may be the last one not named Obi-Wan or Boba Fett. We can split hairs whether Last Jedi angered half the fanbase or the trailers looked terrible or if people wanted the screwball comedy promised by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Solo bombed because audiences aren't interested in a huge Star Wars universe, at least not one managed by Disney. They want the usual episodic content and a conclusion to the story in medias res. And that's that. Is this movie worth a watch on Netflix or on DVD/Blu Ray? Yes, I'd endorse it. You'll enjoy it more than you anticipated, and that's always a win.
    Joshua S Super Reviewer

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