Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review Rating: 3/5 Stars (Three stars)
Star Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany, Jon Favreau, Jon Kasdan.
Director: Ron Howard.
What’s Good: The process of how Chewbacca and Han Solo’s relationship gets build, Few outstanding air-action sequences and Solo’s commencing love for Millennium Falcon.
What’s Bad: Story is a drag, at places a lot is happening resulting in nothing, Alden Ehrenreich fails to adopt certain traits of Harrison Ford’s version of Han Solo.
Loo Break: You’ll need some only if you’re full with liquids, the movie doesn’t demand any.
Watch or Not?: This shouldn’t be a question for Star Wars fans as they’re the ones who’ll watch this, rest can opt this if they don’t have anything interesting playing around.
Growing up on the chaotic streets of Corellia which are filled with brutal masters, Han needs to get free from them. An aspiring pilot, he along with girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) plans to leave Corellia but fails to go together. Hence, he starts his journey outside Corellia solo, hence Han Solo. Only if Qi’ra could’ve managed to get out together with him, we would’ve called him Han Duo? (Pun intended). Three years later, we see Han amidst a chaotic war scene proving how good a pilot he is.
Han, with a solo mission in his mind of earning money and going back to Corellia, goes and befriends some hot-shot goons. With all this he also meets Chewbacca for the first time & initiates his never ending bond as we’ve seen in multiple Star Wars movies. Along with Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson), Val (Thandie Newton) and Rio (Jon Favreau), Han plans to loot an air-train which contains the precious hyperfuel. This failed heist introduces us to Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) and leader of the thieve-pack Crimson Dawn. The story brings together Han and Qi’ra in the most Bollywoodish way possible but it’s lovely.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review: Script Analysis
Veteran Lawrence Kasdan, who has previously penned Empire Strikes Back, Return Of The Jedi and Force Awakens, makes a comeback with his son Jonathan Kasdan to helm this story. The best thing about the script is, it’s traditionally modern. The era goes back explaining the early years of Han but the action sequences are slick relating to today’s times. The flying vehicles, chase sequences in the air, rotating air-trains; the movie has to offer a lot of new things.
The movie falls down with its pace and editing, the proceedings get slow unnecessarily. There’s too much of explanation happening on screen when Star Wars is known for its guilty pleasure sky combat. The good thing is makers don’t opt Alden Ehrenreich to imitate or mimic Harrison Ford’s appearance. He’s out there sketching his own version of Han Solo and succeeds in parts. Ford has raised a bar so high, Alden is not at a fault here to match that epicness; because no one apart from Ford himself can.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review: Star Performance
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo is a wild dream come true for the actor. This could turn out to be a risky gamble for the makers because Alden even in parallel universe will not look like Harrison Ford. Good thing is the make-up team doesn’t try hard to make him look like Ford and that’s where he scores the distinction.
Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett is suave to say the least. He infuses his natural traits, of whatever we’ve seen in True Detective and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri, in this character. Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra gets the tone right, she looks hot and fiery. This mother of dragons has a hand-to-hand combat scene, which is performed very well; was it a teaser of what’s coming in the finale season of Game Of Thrones?
Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is stylish, although he has a limited screen presence but he achieves what it was needed. Paul Bettany as the bad guy Dryden is pretty ordinary. What this film required was a really bad guy but Dryden, at times, seems to be very soft for the character he’s playing.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review: Direction, Music
Ron Howard gets the world of Star Wars on point as he starts to build up the atmosphere from the first frame. He brings in his Rush abilities to choreograph the chase sequences and every one of it is designed with perfection. He knew if ever you make a movie on Han Solo, you need to hit the bullseye with two things – Han’s relationship with Chewbacca and his love for Millennium Falcon; he gets both of these in a Utopian way.
God bless the makers they’ve retained John Williams’ original Star Wars theme and there’s also a bit hint of Darth Vader’s theme in between. Both are rearranged but sound very good with the scenes. Also, John Powell, who’s not in touch with the sci-fi genre as much, does surprisingly well with the score. The opera touch in between sounds so soothing with all the action going on screen.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review: The Last Word
All said and done, this movie is for the die hard Star Wars fans and there are millions of them across the globe. You just cannot miss this if you’re not alien to this epic franchise.