Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover
Directed by: Ron Howard
Written by: Jonathan Kasdan, Lawrence Kasdan
Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 2 hr 15 min.
My 2 Cents:
Well, there it is, answers to questions I don’t think anyone really honestly cared about. How did Han meet Chewbacca and Lando? What is the Kessel Run? What did the Millennium Falcon look like when it was new? All those questions and more are answered in Solo: A Star Wars Story. The latest offering from the Mouse House as they continue to wring box office gold from their Lucasfilm acquisition.
Is it bad? No, not at all. I’m just not sure it needed to exist. Apart from satisfying a few curiosities I had about specific characters, there isn’t a whole lot to take away from this film. Any connections to the broader Star Wars saga are slight, even forced, and the story itself isn’t terribly interesting. This doesn’t expand our understanding of the Han Solo character either, which was kind of the whole point of releasing a solo Solo story. Right?
That being said, the cast are really good in this film, especially Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover. Phoebe Waller-Bridge is fun as the activist android L3-37, and Woody Harrelson’s Beckett works well as a father figure/cautionary tale for young Han as he joins the world of scoundrels. The action is also decently put together, and the train heist during the first act is superb.
Solo: A Star Wars Story, in the end, is simply a reasonably well told heist film in space. Not quite as involving as say, a great episode of Firefly, but an entertaining couple of hours at the theater. Fans of the Star Wars films are, of course, going to see it regardless of what anyone says. But folks indifferent to the world of lightsabers, Wookiees, Jedi, and droids, could wait for the rental.