I just stepped out of the theatre and I'm ready to write this review for you all. So, let me start off by saying, this movie is nothing like the other Star Wars movies. I was expecting something like Rogue One, but as soon as they started making jokes I knew it was going to be something different. I liked it though, I did. It was action packed, quite funny and a bit romantic. I dig it. The action scenes were probably my favourite thing about this movie, those were very well done.
Alden Ehrenreich did Han Solo proud. I didn't really know the actor before this, but he's good! Sometimes it almost felt like I was listening to Harrison Ford. It was great to see him and Chewbacca together en find out how their relationship started in the first place. I really enjoyed seeing them bonding and all that. Woody Harrelson never ceases to amaze me, to be honest. He is a brilliant actor if you ask me. I felt like his character stayed a bit in the background throughout the movie but I think Tobias Beckett sure made an impact on Han. Talking about making an impact, let talk about Qi'Ra (probably the coolest way to write Kyra). First off, I adore Emilia Clarke. I think she's a great actress and she's absolutely gorgeous. I had to get used to the idea of her in a space movie but she did very well. Her character is still a bit of a blur, to be honest, but I think Qi'Ra could be an interesting character to explore further. Donald Glover as Lando is perfectly cast. They truly did a great job. My brother said, "I thought he was the son of the original Lando". I think when people say that, you've done a pretty great job. I liked L3 as well, she was a bit much sometimes but she brought some humour to the movie.
Overall it sure was a fun movie to watch. It all looked very beautiful and the special effects were great. The only thing that bothered me was some of the creatures they created. I think they could've been "more real". I don't know if that makes sense, but maybe you notice it too when you're watching the movie. It could also just be me, I don't know, it confuses me a bit. I really liked getting a glimpse of Chewbacca's story and a closer look at the Millenium Falcon. That's one great ship with way too many buttons, isn't it?
I enjoyed Solo: A Star Wars Story and I'm going to rate it with a solid 7. I'm pretty sure there's more where this movie came from so I will be waiting patiently till then.
[7.6/10] Solo has the scruffy confidence to be its own movie. Of the ten Star Wars films, it’s the only so far not to tie directly into the events of the main saga. That alone makes it interesting and laudable as the first real cinematic step of Star Wars ceasing to be a film series and starting to be a “cinematic universe.”
Which isn’t to say the film isn’t closely connected to its predecessors. Solo reveals how Han and Chewbacca first became a team. It features the first meeting between its title character in Lando Calrissian. It even shows how Han ended up with the Millenium Falcon. And that’s setting aside references to a “gangster on Tatooine” and hints of a growing rebellion and familiar characters popping up in unexpected places. Make no mistake -- the film is certainly interested in reminding its viewers where all these characters will be in ten years time.
But it’s also good enough not to be about that. Solo is part-heist flick and part coming-of-age film. It’s more interested in Han’s big adventure in this movie and how he gets to be the sarcastic smuggler we meet in A New Hope than it is in how he fits into the broader Star Wars Universe, to the film’s benefit. The promise of these “Star Wars stories” is that they can use the diverse, elaborate world that George Lucas and his collaborators created to spin all kinds of yarns untethered to the concerns of the Skywalker family. Solo still anchors its story on familiar faces, but tells its own tale, and comes out the better for it.
The big problem with Solo is that it has two modes: (a.) irreverent action/adventure flick filled with colorful characters and (b.) semi-serious interrogation of What Han Solo Is™, and it’s much more entertaining and effective at the former than the latter. The script, penned by Empire Strikes Back scribe Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan, does a superb job at introducing all these figures, old and new, and then letting them bounce off on another in the confines of a rickety old ship and a job pulled at various rough-and-tumble locales. But it falters when trying to use that setup to get at its title character’s true nature.
The film’s thesis on that front is a solid one -- that he is unavoidably rough around the edges, and wants to be “bad,” but deep down he’s good. That is, after all, his essential arc in the Original Trilogy, where a seemingly good-for-nothing smuggler is revealed to have a heart of gold and sympathies to the cause of the Rebellion, or at least his friends. Solo retraces that arc a bit, and weakens Han’s progression in the saga films a little in the course of that, but the Kasdans get Han: the talk that’s bigger than his paydirt, the cocksure improvisational confidence, and the innate goodness that peaks through his rough-hewn if charming exterior which he’ll deny to the end.
The film just does a much better job of showing us those qualities through Han’s actions and attitude than in having various other characters ham-fistedly comment on it and wax rhapsodic about who he’s been and who he’ll be.
The best parts work, as they must, thanks to Alden Ehrenreich, who takes over the role originated by Harrison Ford in 1977’s A New Hope. Following in those iconic footsteps is a tall order, but Ehrenreich makes it work. He doesn't stoop to doing an impression of Ford, short of a few conspicuous mannerisms, but still manages to capture the character’s rakish charm and overconfident, anything goes spirit. Yes, it’s a little hard to grok that this guy becomes 70s era Harrison Ford in ten years, but Ehrenreich absolutely works as Young Han, and the movie wouldn’t work at all without that.
The other characters that populate the film vary a bit more, but are largely fun and entertaining. Woody Harrelson’s turn as Beckett sees him filling the weathered good ol’ boy niche he’s carved out for years now. Emilia Clarke does fine as Qi'ra, who manages to be a little bit more than just Han’s love interest, but only a little. Donald Glover’s charisma carries the day as he inhabits Young Lando, but occasionally he comes across like Glover doing his best Lando impersonation than a fully convincing character (though his chemistry with Ehrenreich sparkles over that nicely). And there’s plenty of other fun, if seemingly disposable side characters, like Paul Bettany’s genteel but menacing villain, Dryden Vos, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge as a delightfully irrepressible droid revolutionary named L3. Even relative newcomer Joonas Suotamo brings character beyond the fur to Chewbacca, alongside Star Wars sound designer Ben Burtt’s traditional groans and growls.
When Solo deploys these characters well, it’s a hell of an action-filled romp. Seeing Han’s Oliver Twist-esque origins blossom into his up-and-down efforts to live on the fringes of both the law and the galaxy are fun and thrilling. The movie takes the viewer to new, scrappier corners of the galaxy, packing the frame with wild new creatures and settings that help make Star Wars feel big and diverse again.
Han’s goals and wants are clear; his compatriots are well-if-quickly sketched, and the set pieces are nicely chaotic and spontaneous, as befits the way any plan involving Solo should shake out. The pacing is off here and there, and certain action sequences extend to the point of exhaustion (likely a casualty of the hand off from the nixed boundary-pushers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller to steady hand Ron Howard). But the core setting of the film -- a band of well-traveled and wannabe outlaws does a job with pitfalls and smart remarks -- works like gangbusters.
Then, the final act hits, and the film stops being fun and starts being serious. There’s double-crosses on double-crosses, heavily sign-posted character-defining choices, and cliché, ponderous statements about who Han is supposed to be or can’t be or might have been that one time (we’re not really sure).
Solo, like its protagonist, has its heart in the right place here. It’s laudable to try to turn this adventure into something revealing about one of the franchise’s biggest characters and not just an empty-calorie escapade. But the film can’t support the weight of that introspection (not to mention all of that clunky extrospection) and becomes bogged down when trying to unravel both its less-compelling plot threads and its character study in one big convoluted finale.
But one thing is for sure. This movie is not about the Skywalkers. Despite an eyebrow-raising tie-in, it is not about the broader Star Wars Universe. It’s about Han Solo, and It is, for the first time, a genuinely independent Star Wars story. For most of its run time, Solo is a standalone (if franchise-winking) adventure from the days when Han was still cutting his teeth as a smuggler and outlaw. The film has its problems when it departs from that, but still shows the benefits, and the fun, of Star Wars movies that follow the lead of Solo himself and aim to go it alone.
World Premiere Review:
If I can sum up it up in one word, it's a giant "meh." I liked all of the new Star Wars up until this point, but this one was so forced. It didn't help that they had to reshoot more than half the movie with a different director, albeit with the great Ron Howard.
First problem, no one can fill Harrison Ford's shoes, it's impossible. The new characters are boring and forgettable. Still, Donald Glover just nails Lando...they should just do a Lando stand alone movie next time. Chewie is also awesome and funny as usual. I should also mention Malla is cannon now from the Christmas Special? Just speculating that's who he kisses with when he frees his people. Lumpy will probably show up in Solo 2. I saw George Lucas shift uncomfortably in the theater a couple seats over during that scene which was amusing. The story is just ok, it's a little slow and boring. At least the action sequences are fun.
Here's my biggest peeve: L3-37 is the most forced, obnoxious Star Wars character since Jar-Jar. I was so happy when this Social Justice Robot, who is supposed to be Lando's co-pilot, gets destroyed close to the end. This attempt to be "relevant to the times" sticks out like a sore thumb and the actress voicing it made me wince every time she spoke. Hopefully that's the last we hear or see of it.
Finally, Emilia Clarke's character has the depth of a sheet of cardboard. Worst of all though was the twist at the end where fucking Darth Maul shows up now post Episode 3. She is working with him and it was so cringey and shoe-horned in, I'm so tired of him not being dead. I tolerated it in the Clone Wars with spider-maul, but he just needs to go away.
Definetely the worst of the new movies so far, but doesn’t sink to episode 1 or 2 levels of bad either.
Pros:- Alden Ehrenreich (yes, really) and Donald Glover are great.- Very competently put together action sequences, the train heist in particular. - Beautiful cinematography (though at times too desaturated for my liking).- Any moment between Chewie and Han, their first meeting in particular.- A very good score (although it could’ve been more tense during some of the action sequences).- Production design/locations.
Cons: - Holy fuck, that L3 droid is annoying! (I’m not one of those whiny people who sees SJW politics in everything, but here, that assessment would be completely justified).- Lack of character development for the Qi’ra and Beckett characters. - Loses a lot of steam after the first act. - Predictable in its third act, it has twists you see coming from five miles away. - Some of Emilia Clarke’s line delivery is too forced.
I have to admit, I was unsure about this film before going in. Why? Director Ron Howard. While he's the director of some near classics, Rush and Parenthood, he's also the bland and workmanlike director of the crap that is the Da Vinci Code borefest. So was he the man for a Star Wars movie? To be honest, it wasn't as boring as I expected (sorry Ron), but it did little to stand out either. It ticked all the boxes we expect from the story - Han meets Chewie; Han does the Kessel Run; Han wins the Falcon - and while fun, it was a tad predictable. However, Alden did a great job as Han, and Donald Glover absolutely nailed the part of Lando. The action was good, though there was sometimes too much of it, and I wished it would slow down a little to delve further into Han's backstory. I was tired while watching the film, so my overall opinion may change, and admittedly, I would like to see more of Han Junior in future films, not that this is likely to happen.
Oh, and I was split down the middle about the return of a classic Star Wars character, though it did add some intrigue within the overall Star Wars universe.
Wow. Really liked this movie. The look of it is very dark and kind of dirty but on the other side it's a lot of fun and I thought the stoey was pretty interesting and exciting. Can't wait to watch it at home in 4K.
From the moment this movie was announced, I had zero interest in watching it. Now, a friend of mine came by with the BluRay, so - what the heck, right ? Nothing too lose. Should have listened to my gut feeling.
Han Solo is not only my favorite SW character but one off my favorite characters at all. Harrison Fords portrayal made me a fan off both, the actor and the character. So the bar was very, very high. For me Ehrenreich doesn't have it. I don't see Solo in him and making him say some well known quotes is not enough. And the love struck young man that does everthing to get back to his girl - that is not Han. Yeah, I'll get it. It's a younger version of the same person but I don't see it. It's the Disney-Love-Story. The rest of the characters are shallow and not well crafted. It does not matter who plays them if there is not much to play with. And don't even get me started about that stupid L-3. The political correctness installation that every movie nowadays seems to must have.
What about the story ? It felt like the writer had a checklist he had to work off. Han getting off Corellia, Han meeting Chewie, the Kessel run, winning the Falcon - everything the fan wanted to see for a long time. Problem is, it is all cobbled together by a very generic blockbuster story. It is also very convenient. Han trying for years to get back to Qi'ra only to meet her by a chance encounter. It also lacks logic. For example, when Han released the container at the raid it smashed into the mountain with a giant explosion, taking down said mountain. Yet, only minutes before the whole train went down the valley and nothing seemed to have happened. Another example, at the end when Beckett left with Chewie, how can Han already be there? The ship is in the distance, there is no short cut yet he stands there fresh as the early morning. Convienient writing again. It's a movie, a fanatsy, but a little effort would my much appreciated. Plus there is the biggest prequel problem there ever is - there is nothing at stake. You know the hero is not going to die. You need something really good to cover that fact and it just isn't there. Pulling out Maul at the end feels like a desperate move, more so that a lot of people will not understand how he can even be there in the first place and what he has to do in a Solo movie. That is Disney saying: go and watch the other stuff we put out And Han's choices leading to the start off the rebellion is, again, exactly the kind of thing that I would expect from Disney.
As you can gather I did not enjoy this, not as a SW movie, not even as a scifi action adventure in general. And I seem to not be alone in that. The Marvel formula does not work here at all. I don't know what the plan is going forward with the SW franchise but I know I won't be a part of it.
Please keep in mind, again, comments are personal opinions. You like the movie, I am happy for you and enjoy the next.
For anyone still debating this, let me make it perfectly clear for you: Han shot first.
Growing up on the first three Star Wars films 4, 5, 6, I wanted to see Han Solo’s past and finally got a chance and it felt good to see Han Solo’s first reaction to the falcon and meeting chewy for the first time and them moments were heart warming for me.
I thought the cast were spot on, specially Alden that played Han Solo and I could see him in him perfectly and not forgetting donald with a super performance playing Lando.
Overall it wasn’t a bad film with lots of action, a good plot and it’s good to see a back story and looking forward to watching more upcoming in the Star Wars universe. It tops some of the recent Star Wars films by far but doesn’t over take rogue one out of the recent 4 for me.
A unnecessary, but yet funny and well-made adventure
First of all, it is not like other Star Wars movies. if you like the "Indiana Jones" like movies, with some mix of adventure, fun, and action, with little drama and romance parts you will be pleased to see the new/old Han Solo and his pack. :)
While it's frequently visually stunning, it remains overall uninspired. Not a lot is wrong with Han Solo but not enough is right.
1 / 2 directing & technical aspect0 / 1 story1 / 1 act I1 / 1 act II1 / 1 act III1 / 1 acting0 / 1 writing0 / 1 originality0 / 1 lasting ability to make you think
0 / 1 misc
5 out of 10
This is what Star Wars needs... decent ideas, decent acting, decent special effects. Tight, fun, surprising and so much better The Last Jedi :-) 8/10
They could of cut that kessel run scene in half because it really dragged for such a pivotal moment. Outside of that i really enjoyed it more than i thought i would, a fun adventure and Aiden felt like Han Solo. It has it's logic issues and i can't say this is the movie you should see first this weekend in cinema but do watch the film.
It's weird...but i would like to see more of this Solo one day but i doubt it's going to make enough.
“It's risky, but it's worth a try”.
At least you tried.
Even before the camera’s began rolling, this movie was met with trouble. You probably heard all about the behind the scenes drama - If not, basically Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were attached to direct, but got fired halfway through shooting, because I’m guessing Lucasfilm had no idea these guys are best known for making comedy movies, even though you hired them to add ‘a comedic touch’. Lord and Miller were replaced by Ron Howard. An acting coach was called on set for Alden Ehrenreich who’s playing Han Solo, as he was struggling to capture the spirit of Fords iconic character. Michael Kenneth Williams role was removed from the final film and new characters added in.
Just madness. However, how was the final product? Surely it must have paid off, right? Well, not quite.
‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is a mix bag and feels unimportant. Nothing about it felt thrilling or exciting. Not to say it’s a bad movie, because it’s not. There is good things about it and surprisingly none of the re-shoots showed, it’s not visible like “Justice League”. Unfortunately, the flat jokes and an obvious cash grab for future franchises only left me cold. It adds nothing to the Star Wars universe, just exploring little things we were told about briefly in better movies. Nobody asked for it and yet here we are, so let's dive in.
I couldn't imagine the amount of pressure Alden Ehrenreich was facing. Talking on an iconic character played by the most iconic actor alive today. Must be a daunting task and the fan base didn't help either. His casting was met with a lot of negative reactions - I, however, always stood by Ehrenreich ever since he’s casting, after seeing his breakout performance in “Hail, Caesar!” gave me a little hope for the young Solo. I can safely say that he deserved a good performance and never felt like an impression of Harrison Ford. Portraying him more innocent and naive. Although, I can think of others actors who would've gotten the part and might have done it better. I must admit, there was plenty of times where I kept on forgetting he was Han Solo, but from what he had to work with, he did the best he could and I applaud him for that.
Donald Glover does a great job capturing the mannerisms and the voice of Lando Calrissian. You can tell he put a lot of effort into this role. Even trying to step into the shadow of Billy Dee Williams and he slips right in. While feeling like an impersonation at times, but makes every scene enjoyable to watch, no matter what. Comparing the two actors, you can see this younger version transforming into the older version of the character, easily.
Emilia Clarke was fine. She’s certainly better here than any other movie or role outside from Game of Thrones. I didn't fully buy the chemistry between Emilia and Ehrenreich, and yet, that never took me out of the movie, as it wasn't prequel level bad. I must say, her character could go into an interesting route if Lucasfilm kept they promise of where she could go next from the set up. I’m interested to see where it goes, to be honest.
The others cast members were also great. Thandie Newton and Jon Favreau, while having small screen time, but brought so much character into their roles that I wished both stuck around a little longer. Same thing with Paul Bettany, who could've been a fantastic villain if more development and screen time was put into his character. I mean, a space gangster with sag sounds amazing. Still, Bettany was excellent and was clearly fun with this role. I’m surprised not a lot of people are talking about Woody Harrelson, who’s great in everything and proven to have a wide range of incredible roles under his belt - Of course here, there’s no difference. Towards the end of the film, I didn't like where he’s character went, but I blame the writing on that, not the actor. What more is there to say about Woody, he’s never given a bad performance.
Ron Howard did the best he could, as a last minute replacement to fix all loose ends. The camera work during the action sequences were visually pleasing and very much his style of film making. Let's not forget the gorgeous cinematography and some fantastic set designs, creature, and droid designs.
Now for my issues with the film: Despite some nice looking shots, the dark color palette and how poorly lit this movie was really surprised me, because it didn't add anything to the story. Some may argue it adds to environment of the story, but to me just made it look worse. Every Time there was a reference, nod or wink from the original franchise it kinda felt, well…’forced’. I saw this almost a week ago and nothing super memorable stuck with me.
Oh and L3-37 is the absolute worst. The character itself is another sassy droid duplicating K-2SO from Rogue One. The difference here, she got on my nerves straight away. The droid rights sup plot kept pushing the main focus away from the actual story itself. Many have pointed out how she came across as a parody of SJW (Social Justice Warrior) and I can see the comparison. It's odd that Disney would do that, being all about diversity and equal rights would make a joke of this. Just replace L3 with Thandie Newton character and everything will be fine.
Speaking of the studios...
Lucasfilm needs to get their act together if the schedule of movies expands to 2030, from what some early reports say. It’s obvious there’s no plan with these movies and making up things as they go along. Because as I speak, this movie is under performing at the box office as fans clearly had enough. From what I have heard, that cameo at the end was only added in at the last minute. Telling the origin of a character that should have be left as a mystery. You even find out how he got his name and how that scene was presented was so cheesy.
Overall Rating: “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a mess saved by a great cast, great production designs, impressive action scenes, and characters (except for L3). I've heard different opinions for this movie - Both sides gave solid arguments and made me realize this movie has it’s fans. Again, not a bad movie, just a decent one. Also lightsaber!
It's not as bad as I thought it would be, after all the behind the scenes drama. However, the plot isn't something to write home about. It was top-notch VFX's (the train sequence is THE BEST in the whole movie), and some good action sequences here and there, but I couldn't care any less about the whole story. The main characters are totally underdeveloped by the end of the film, and those I could care about to know more, are dead. It this was a pilot for a TV series about Han Solo, then it's on the spot, because you can take your jolly time to fully flesh out and develop those characters on subsequent episodes. But this is one of the most expensive films ever made, a long and irrelevant side-story in a franchise that it's already in deep trouble since The Force Awakens. Suddenly issues that weren't relevant to the original trilogy (like the hyperfuel) are now the center piece for social commentary and some twisted political agenda that I don't care about. If you haven't seen it, you might as well skip it and wait for it on cable or something.
Exceeded all expectations, even after the big twist was spoiled for me. I genuinely loved it, and it delivered without even trying.
Lots of great actors for an enjoyable movie, totally uninspired but good.
Star Wars isn't really my cuppa tea, although I have watched most of them. I think it's fair to say that this film will be brilliant for true Star Wars fans. The story kept me interested even when I find Sci-Fi hard to follow. The acting was believable, and they certainly chose the right actor for Han Solo. Nice to see Wookie hasn't aged at all since the '70s as well. All in all, a great film.
This movie has been a huge surprise after all the controversy it had. The characters were incredibly well writen by the Kasdans and the humor was just on point. The plot, despite the fact that it was a bit predictable, is very consistent.
On the other hand, Alden actually nailed the performance. Many gestures and expressions feel as something Harrison Ford's Han Solo would do.
The best part of the movie is without any doubt the worldbuilding and the countless references to both The Clone Wars series and other Star Wars movies. And well, that little cameo at the end... BREATHTAKING
Honestly, it's a really good film. It's got great action, great dialogue (oh how I wish Lord & Miller were still on board) and just because you can kind of guess the outcome, what with it being Solo's origins, that doesn't mean the film can't surprise you on the way.
I only have a few negatives, actually. L3 was a little much, it doesn't help that you end up inevitably comparing her to the outstanding K2SO from Rogue One and of course, K2 is better. Paul Bettany tries, god bless him, I know his character is more efficient/ruthless than evil but he's just too nice to really pull it off. It's not a mark against him, but I guess rather the casting? Finally, I guess the score could have been better, but I did like the little moments of classic score when significant events happen (i.e. seeing the Falcon the first time).
All in all, yeah it's mostly predictable (I really want to go see this with someone who hasn't seen Clone Wars/Rebels to see their reaction to that moment), but it's a damn fun ride.
(It's 9 on here, but I guess it's more an 8.5 realistically, it'd round down to 4 if it was out of 5 stars, basically).
I think this is the worst Star Wars film, but I still love it. If you're putting fun characters with dreams on screen, you can't go too wrong in my books.
They should have let Lord and Miller do their thing.
An utterly zero-stakes movie with some good performances (Harrelson and Bettany) some terrible ones (Clarke) and a distracting film-long impression of Ford by Ehrenreich. Which, ticks some boxes but it takes you out of the movie in doing so.
I was just bored. There's no one thing to say it failed on other than it's plot after the first act is just an hour and a bit of "no really, Lucas MEANT parsecs as distance, not time!"
A much braver version of this film would expand the whole first act into a film, bring in more of the unseen universe/syndicates and perhaps end with Han being invited to a card game where you all know he's going to win the falcon.45mins+ of the runtime is just CGI exposition of things you already know. At least the prequels had a full story to tell and weren't based solely on two lines of dialogue.
Just unnecessary, unfortunately. The one upside is it seems to have killed further "Star Wars stories", at least until they work out why Rogue One worked and this didn't (hint: tying the last act to things you know is how you do it, you don't make it the whole plot).
It was actually a good movie!I loved Qi'ra and L3. Those two characters were powerful.Lando my love, he was amazing, funny, arrogant and cute at the same time.Han and Chewbacca are one of the best duos of all time.Like I say before, good movie. It gets more information of how everything stars.
Everytime i watch it i love it more! Great soundtrack, great acion scenes, good tie-ins with the universe, Nice Solo, i could picture Ford in several scenes and dialogue pieces. I understand more now how he got in the fringe of the galaxy, always dissappearing from the crimson dawn. He helped start the rebellion wich in the future he helps defeat the empire, and whoa, even the milllenium gets a rebel personallity with L3 combined to her. Good cast, good visuals, a simples story, you can watch it several times, a light hearted adventure in a universe i love!!
Good movie, really fun to see all the characters (especially Emelia Clarke's character)
Here’s the thing. A Star Wars movie made by Disney coming under a massive amount of criticism from a huge section of society seemingly mostly male and mostly the same age as me. What are they so upset about? I don’t know. The whole Star Wars phenomena is a hokey set of science-fiction stories that if examined under the cold light of day make very little sense. That includes the original films and examination as a callow teenager. Pining for feeling the same as you did then is a pointless and fruitless exercise. Me? I’d rather watch the film and see if I enjoyed it. I don’t care what’s coming next and I don’t really care what came before.
Firstly this is not a ‘Star Wars’ film, it’s more of a Star Wars set-up, there is no war and the resistance is just starting, so what we have is a gung-ho adventure. We’ve seen it many times before in westerns, war films and every genre ever made. The story is exciting and nail-biting with sacrifice, romance, double-crossing and heroics. It has finely defined heroes, villains and rogues. The plot isn’t complicated and is linear and easily digestible. What is wrong with that?
As expected there is a very, very, bad villain played by the every reliable Paul Bettany and twist that maybe you couldn’t see coming initially. The CGI is strong and not overwhelming, the comedy is comedic, the peril perilous and the romance romantic. It really is not that bad.
On the minus side, you could say it was extremely vanilla and for a Star Wars film perhaps even plain. Not me but I can see that point of view. There have also been complaints that Alden Ehrenreich is not like Harrison Ford in appearance and character during the film. Well, the appearance complaint is deranged, would you cast a less skilled unknown in the role because he might slightly resemble Ford rather than an actor who clearly knows his craft and certainly seemed to bring much of the original performances quirks to the screen. Emily Clarke as Solo’s love interest brings enough energy to the role although the onscreen chemistry was not as strong as some actors have been in other films. Woody Harrelson brings Woody Harelson to the role which sounds like an implied criticism but it really is not. He’s perfect for his pivotal role. All the other roles range from perfect to adequate, there’s no real bad acting on display after all this is a kids’ science-fiction baddies versus goodies film. We’re not looking at Richard III.
It does pay to remember that Ron Howard came in to direct the film after the original directors left and for a franchise as big and seemingly important to so many people this it was always going to be a difficult job. I have been a fairly stern critic of some of Howard’s output but in this case not so. He delivers a fine stand-alone adventure story set in a known universe without getting bogged down in the previous stories whilst pointing to them all the time. We get the crowd-pleasing and fun first meeting of Solo and Chewbacca alongside his first meetings with Lando and the beloved Millenium Falcon. It’s all fun. It’s meant to be fun.
So going against the grain I’d say overall I like this new adventure in the Star Wars universe. It was fun, full of robots and strange looking creatures, had English actors left, right and centre and had Clint Howard in it (just so you know it was a Ron Howard film). The CGI was impressive, the action sets and planets convincing but overall it was fun. Plain and simple fun and that is what a children’s science-fiction yarn should be about.
Just relax and enjoy the whole silly ride and don’t be foolish.
This movie is irrelevant and boring.
This movie objectively lowers the bar for any future Star Wars flicks. Before I go on, I am not one of the mega-fan boys who get angry at every new star wars, I loved The Last Jedi, I liked Rogue One, and I enjoy the prequels but Solo is different. It is not bad in a campy way, it's not bad in a controversial "I didn't like that even though someone else might" kind of way, it's bad in a they took a perfectly good story and fucked it up with a bunch of nonsense type of way.
Pros+The main story is good. The idea of showing the Kessel Run, the involvement with the outlaw squad with the larger crime syndicates, Lando being introduced along with the Millenium Falcon; that all was great+Acting: Emilia Clarke, Paul Bettany, and Woody Harrelson+Beginning was solid+The soldier/first heist bit was a great introduction to everyone+Sabaak parts were good
Neutral*The small throwbacks were tasteful in this one for once: the reference to Lando making deals getting worse over time, Solo shooting first, "I've got a good feeling about this", etc. They didn't take away from anything by having them be hammed up.
Cons-That dumb Droid was not funny and annoying as fuck. I didn't feel even slightly bad when she died-Those raider ending up being Proto-rebels was dumb and the way in which it was done was also really awkward. When the chick pulled off her mask it made it feel like you should have known who she was even though the intention was just to surprise you(?). I don't know it reeked of tired desperation to link the plot to other movies. This also makes it confusing as to when this all takes place. If the rebels haven't even formed yet it must be 5-10 years at least before the first movies, however Solo is not that old in the originals. Does this mean he's like 16 here? Is he supposed to be like 30 in the originals? It doesn't quite add up.-Dialogue. Yes, Star Wars has always had absolute garbage dialogue right from the first mention of "power converters on tachi station" but this is a whole new level of garbage. It's awkward at all times.-Directing felt absent. I love Ron Howard so it's hard for me to say this but there really didn't feel like much of a style to this movie and there weren't any scenes that I can say were really that gorgeous. The best was probably the intro to Dryden Vos with his yacht but even that was iffy. Not immensely disappointing but still slightly disappointing -The effects. This is a FUCKING STAR WARS MOVIE! it has unlimited cash to do whatever it wants with effects. The millenium falcon looked ok but honestly it was a downgrade from literally every ship in TLJ or Rogue One. The droids even looked mediocre. The biggest issue is the hyperspace effect, they added some weird swirly shit in place of the lines. The one place where they add a new effect and it's absolute shit compared to the one created in the goddamn 70s.-Acting: Donald Glover and Alden Ehrenreich. These aren't huge negatives but Glover's impression of Billy Dee is really awkward to listen to and it may have been just how Alden's face moves but half the time I felt he was trying really hard to contort his face into the typical Harrison Ford squints and glares and it felt awkward as well. Just try to do your own thing guys, you don't have to copy shit.-10 million unnecessary back stabs that were added in to show "You just can't trust these scoundrels" without thinking about whether or not they made sense to the story or characters or greater plot, even slightly.---------------The final twist This part was comically awful, making Darth Maul's resurrection cannon in the most absurd and fucking idiotic way possible is a really bad direction for Star Wars to be going. This is the type of shit that makes it okay for them to pull more stupid shit in the future and should never have gotten past the rough draft stages of the screenplay--------------- The terrible revisionist main theme of Solo having him not in fact being a scoundrel who through living in the underworld is just trying to survive and turning him into a good guy who will do the right thing even when it isn't beneficial to him. It was apparent that the people who wrote this did not understand the purpose of Han Solo's character in the originals; he is supposed to symbolize how things have gotten so bad for some that all they can focus on is scavenging and surviving at all costs, eventually he is turned to side with the rebels because he sees a small bit of hope in them for something better and realizes that if he helps he could make a real difference. Revising this to make him into someone that will always do the right thing destroys the purpose of his character.
this movie was fun and cute and haters need to calm down
Welp...there goes any sequel
Great action movie but for me it doesn't feel like a star wars movie
donald glover as lando exuded so much pansexual energy that disney got scared and made him a robot fucker instead
Had some problems, but - finally - for me at least, first new star wars that seemed unafraid of doing its own thing and being a little bold. Liked that a lot. Made me think of the classic ones, during it, which the other new ones hadn't really made me do. It's like, George Lucas had a story to tell, through star wars, and created the classics. New movies said, okay, we have star wars, now what should we do with it? And created mediocre movies. Solo was more along the lines of the former, even with its shortcomings, which went a long way, for me. Not that it's in any way comparable to the classics... Characters were the best of the modern movies.
"I thought we were in trouble there for a second, but it's fine. We're fine."
That is exactly what this movie is, could of been a huge bust with all the problems it had behind the scenes but it ends up a totally serviceable Star Wars movie. I really wish I could see what Lord and Miller would of done with this. Alden Ehrenreich is decent but no Harrison Ford, it could of been a lot worse. Donald Glover is great and there is not enough screen time for him but sometimes he felt a little off. Maybe that's just me and maybe after I see it again it will go away. Everyone else is fine except L3-37, she was super annoying. The story is predictable but also a little unexpected at the same time. Most of the action is good. The cinematography is ok but some of the movie was way too dark. The best thing about this movie is that it is a Star Wars movie and it has that world to reference and expand on. If this was just another sci fi movie it would be really mediocre.
THERE WERE WAY TOO MANY SHOTS OF THE GOLD DICE, WE GET IT GIVE IT A REST!
1st half: boring... slow... predictable... stupid2nd half well not even the 2nd half the 3rd act is much better but the movie as a whole could be described as medicore - 6.6/10.
great film, great cast, great story dont see why anybody is being negative about it
Presumably we will finally find out what that "Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs" BS is all about? :-D
I can only say it was fine. Aiden was good but not amazing (it was said he needed an acting coach..) it's great to see Chewie and Lando (good Donald) but Emilia was plain and forgettable. Still I wasn't bored but not impressed at all.
I want a Lando movie now.
I was actually surprised by the depth of the plot. It looked good and I thought it was well-cast. However.... it felt like it was missing a little something.
Star Wars needs to keep up with the time. This is just another summer action packed movie with very little substance. I enjoy action movies alot (MCU fan here), but we are at a time where less is alot. The story development is just a bunch of characters meeting and making plans and then some action. I've watched it only for 30 mins, it had 3 action sequences already. It just feels like a cash grab.
Did anyone ask for this shit?
I love this movie I've always loved Han Solo as a character he's actually my favorite at the whole franchise I'm one of the few people that doesn't really care about the Jedi stuff as much as I do the other aspects of Star Wars so this was an awesome movie to watch to see the organized crime and Military aspects of that world featured more
Fantastic movie from start to finish! It's action-packed and is never unnecessarily slow. The leads are well fleshed out and Ehrenreich plays a convincing Han Solo, complete with mannerisms, without falling into the trap of copying Ford. Glover portrays a pitch-perfect Lando, Bettany a frightening antagonist, and Harrelson an interesting mentor for Han. I'm not always a fan of Harrelson but he was a perfect fit for this role.
There are numerous nods and mentions to other products in the franchise, including the extended universe. I highly recommend having watched The Clone Wars series (and even Rebels) to catch most of these references though it is certainly not required to know any of this before watching Solo.
The music is fantastic and both old and new themes come by.
Not once are Jedi or The Force mentioned. Yet, it's arguably the most Star Wars film since the Original trilogy. It definitely feels very much like the old films as it's filled with action, fun, and "whoa" moments.
Unfortunately people were always going to be critical of a Solo movie, genuinely a great movie.
I'll admit that I was quite apprehensive about this movie and I really just wanted to watch it for Donald Glover. However, my expectations were really proven wrong and I enjoyed this movie quite a bit! Donald was, of course, amazing as Lando and my apprehension about Alden as Han was also proven wrong as he did quite well in his role. This didn't really feel much like a plot driven story that much despite the whole heist thing and felt very much like a character focused story. Everyone had depth to them and were interesting to watch on screen. Except Thandie Newton's character which is such a tragedy that she was so under utilized for this film since we all know what a phenomenal actress she is from Westworld.
The standout of this film for me though was Qi'ra. God I love her. She's so interesting and mysterious and a total badass. I really want to learn more about what happenned in that three year gap between leaving their planet and meeting her aboard the yacht. Also I would love to know what happens to her afterward as the movie ends. Also the reveal for who the marauders happen to be was great. To have a young woman, Enfys Nest, lead them in the fight to take on the Empire and planting the seeds for the Rebellion is so great. I loved her. I hope we get to see more of what becomes of her character at some point in extra content from the books or what have you.
Overall, this film was a lot of fun and we get to learn more about the beloved characters from this franchise and of course expand the world even further.
I really enjoyed this movie. Of course the story was a bit predictable, but which movie today isn't? Everything seems to have been done so there's less surprises – especially with a franchise that's been going on for so long.I think the acting was fine and the story interesting enough to stay that long in the cinema – it's barely over 2h. I found it weird that they didn't seem to promote the movie as much as the other instalments, especially because for me it was way better than last years Last Jedi. It's nice to see some back stories and have the connection between various characters better explained.
I think that one of the advantages that this movie has is that everyone expects it to suck. Since you go in with low expectations you actually end up pleasantly surprised. This isn't epic, it isn't mind blowing, or amazing, but it was good, which was more than I was expecting. I went to see it with my daughter who was super excited to see people meet and see the history, and so I think her excitement and enjoyment upped the experience for me as well.
Okay, you know how it ends, what counts is the way. The actors that make Han Solo and Qira the weakest, the rest better, seen the seen, I would have preferred a solo movie with Lando as a young man. When they are escaping the tie fighters, they play the music of that same scene of the empire strikes back.The millenium falcon scenes are very cool
Lemme start by saying I didn't have high hopes for this movie from the get go: iffy casting, production woes and the teaser being released on February of this year with the movie releasing in May. Thanks to these low expectations I didn't really felt spat on like other people.
I'll be honest, the movie isn't complete garbage considering all of the stuff above. The iffy casting worry I mentioned was mostly around Alden Ehrenreich that played our titular hero Han Solo, a staple of the Star Wars universe. But all things considered he wasn't as horrible as I was bracing for. No he wasn't anywhere near as engaging and charismatic as Harrison Ford but alas he gave it his best I believe. Most of the other actors are well known so their performances were as good as the scripts they were given.
Speaking of let's get to characters, I didn't personally connect with anyone other than the ones we knew already. So we were left to meet the new ones: Beckett the flip flopper, Qi'ra the walking cliché, L3-37 the SJW bot that the movie could have been the same without and Dryden Vos the generic wealthy evil dude in a cantina-like setting. By the end of the movie I was questioning myself what the hell had happened because I didn't really understand why these characters were doing what they were doing.
It's a pretty generic adventure with no real stakes since we know at least Han, Chewie and Lando will survive ahead of time. It would have been nice to see more of Han being an imperial soldier since that would have actually given his character some depth in my opinion. Of course the first encounter with Chewie is a pure coincidence cause why not... out of all the planets and prisons he could have been thrown in, the guard dog was a wookie then didn't kill him.
Here's the gist: Han is a rebel in the planet of Corellia he has his girl Qi'ra, they want out of there so they almost make it and get separated. We then move to an initial purposeless heist after some stuff just to kill some of the crew and force our heroes to meet Dryden and by AGAIN COINCIDENCE Qi'ra in order to get the plot moving. After that, we get to the main mission with goes by absolutely hitch-free, then later we get to the completely bonkers scene with the space squid and the black hole (arguably the most fun part of the movie) and then we get to the tail end of the movie where it all goes apeshit.
The way some of these characters were forced to part ways (which I understand has to be done to keep the canon relatively intact) just felt lazy, sure lets make Beckett a traitor for no reason and Qi'ra also a traitor that apparently has contact with Darth Maul (aka fan service)? I mean what?
Pros:-Good Action sequences-Good performances (especially Glover)-Good VFX (Great work by ILM as always)-Sexy brand new Millennium Falcon-Good Direction
Cons:-Boring characters-The music was pretty underwhelming for a SW movie-Purposeless story
All in all, could have been better I don't know how much changed with the reshoots and if it was for the better. No high hopes so not as disappointed, watchable. However, if you're not much of a fan of SW maybe consider waiting for the home release.
There's action, there's fighting, there's Han Solo! This is a fun movie that doesn't take itself too seriously. It's part of the anthology collection and as such, doesn't have the complexity of a full-blown Star Wars. The casting was excellent and while the story was focused more on introducing Hans past than anything it all came together quite nicely. It's not one I'm going to be heading back to see in a hurry, but I certainly enjoyed the ride and look forwards to more!
A droid more annoying than Jar Jar, I'm sure was also voiced by Brynn/captain phasma? I liked the first 10 minutes and two things they did near the end.Lando at least sounded like Lando.
Wait until it's on Netflix.
In many ways, Solo: A Star Wars Story feels like a sci-fi adaptation of Casablanca. Boy loves a girl. They get separated. Boy tries to rescue the girl. The girl shows up unexpectedly.
The main problem with Solo, and there are a number of problems, is that it tries to connect too many connect-the-fan-service-dots, that it deviates from the central arc. Another main problem is that it reveals the mysteries and scruffiness of Han Solo in matter-of-fact ordinary scenes. Perhaps the film would've been more successful if it is told from a third perspective. Possibly Lando Calrissian, who is one of the best things about the film.
Considering all the production troubles, it is a small miracle that Solo is as coherent and watchable as it is. It mostly avoids cringeworthy moments (with an exception of L3-3L) and for the most part, feels fresh.
The film has few heist scenes, but they come across as ill conceived and poorly executed. I think they would've been a lot more successful with Ocean's 11 style story telling.
All in all, I think I enjoyed the film. There are several sprinkles of great potentials, such as Qi'Ra, Beckett, and Lando. Sadly, the film focuses too much on Han, without developing his arc and transformation.
Considering the fact that nobody was waiting for this movie and nobody had any expectations it was really not that bad. The story made sense for the most part, and that's something not that common with the Star Wars franchise these days.
It’s entertaining enough, but was there anyone who actually needed this movie to exist..?!
Imagine - a Star Wars movie about relationships built around action adventure. Fantastic cast giving fantastic performances. Having watched Woody Harrelson throughout his career, this film was the confirmation that he has become a superb actor. The soul of this film, for me, was not Solo, but Qi'Ra and her character arch, played by the luminescent Emilia Clark. I'm hoping the mysteries surrounding her character will fuel a sequel. I give this movie an 8 (great) out of 10. [Action Adventure SciFi Drama]
Solo is a return to an ADVENTURE film as opposed to the political thrillers and war films the Star Wars flicks became in the prequels and Rogue One. Some folks don't want this, so I see, on the internet. Well, this is exactly what I wanted. I never really needed to see how Han met Chewie or Lando. I never needed to see the card game where Han won the Millenium Falcon. I didn't need to see the Kessel Run. What I did want to see, and I got here, was a good action film set in Star Wars universe with fun and (mostly) likeable characters and a villain to snarl at. It's a good time and fun. 8/10
There are too many good actors in this for it to be any good. My expectations are now sky high, you got: Chewey, Woody, Thandie, Khalessi, and Donald Glover, come on now...I smell a dud. But I sure hope not.