Directed by Ron Howard
Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Paul Bettany
There are few movies that come along and have a huge impact on the industry, and one of those films is Star Wars. Released on 1977, the movie was a huge success and earned a loyal following and made Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford very famous. The sequels were equally successful. Nearly 22 years after the release of Star Wars, Lucas directed a new trilogy set before the original’s movies, the story of how Anakin became Darth Vader. After that and sale to Disney, the Star Wars franchise has been getting some new movies, one following the events of Return of the Jedi and bringing back the core of the original cast.
Solo: A Star Wars story tells us the story of Han Solo when he was younger. Trying to escape a planet ruled by the Empire with the girl he loves. As they try to escape, they get separated and Han is able to escape promising to return for her. Based on that he makes his way to form part of a group trying to steal something that would allow Han to get a ship and return for the woman he loved. There are plots and twists that I won’t go into for those who still wish to see the movie.
I want to give my honest opinion. I believe that the new movies have not met the standards of the originals. Star Wars has not had luck in the movies following the original trilogy. I enjoyed the prequels, but they were far from perfect films. In the case of the Force Awakens I think I loved it at first just because I got to see Harrison Fords in his iconic role of Han Solo, but the film feels like a copy of the first movie. The Last Jedi was disappointing, even though it had good moments like when Kylo Ren and Rey fight together. The one movie that surprised me was Rogue One, that was a good one and the end where they connect this film to Episode IV was so great.
So now we get a movie based on a young Han Solo. The movie was fun, the action sequences were entertaining and some of the story in this film connects to what is known of Han Solo. I say known because the original movies did not reveal that much about Han Solo. The only thing I can say is that it did not feel like a Star Wars film and maybe that is what they were aiming for and I can’t say that hurt the film. I don’t know why it did not succeed in the box office because it is not a bad film. But like I said, it feels more like a film that stands by itself. I was hesitant to see this movie because I found it hard to see anyone else as Han Solo, obviously Harrison Ford could play the young Solo, but still I wondered if the film was necessary. Alden Ehrenreich was not bad in the role and I think he did study the body language that Harrison Ford used for the role and that gave it a little bit of familiarity.
I think the movie was good, the story left many things unresolved and I don’t think a sequel will happen to see what happens with a few things. Now do I think it was a necessary movie, no, it was an attempt to keep earning big at the box office at the expense of Star Wars fans.
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