Solo: A Star Wars Story Review
How Han became Han Solo
With an all-star cast, including Donald Glover from Community, Emilia Clarke who plays Kelesi in Game of Thrones, and rising star of Alden Ehrenreich, Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a thrilling adventure. Seeing it at midnight, here is what I thought of the film.
Han has a dream of owning his very own ship and is willing to steal anything to get it, costing him his first love, Kira. Three years later he finds his soon to be long-term companion Chewbacca who he helps escape from imprisonment so they can find a ship and return to Kira. However, they are recruited by a gang ran by Tobias Beckett, who becomes Han’s mentor and is a well-known smuggler, to help with requiring a highly valuable resource which will make them all rich. When the first attempt goes south, and they return empty-handed to the criminal overlord, Dryden Vos, they quickly create an idea to gather what he wants so Dryden does not kill them. The mission they go on is incredibly dangerous so Dryden sends his lieutenant to help them, Han’s first love Kira. For this mission, they also need a ship which they acquire from a gambler called Lando, Han Solo will later win his ship, the millennium falcon in a bet. They complete this dangerous mission, only for it to reveal that the so-called pirates are the good guys and will use the valuable resource for good. This gives Han a change of heart, deciding to help the pirates and turn on Dryden and Tobias, who double-crosses them. Kira then kills Dryden leaving Han Solo to pursue Tobias and the valuable recourse, only for it to be revealed Kira is in with Darth Maul. Han then kills Tobias and gives the resources to the pirates.
Solo: A Star Wars Story offers a great deal of action and introduces all the characters well to the audience and glimpse in how they become the people they do later in the Star Wars Universe. Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is his arrogant self but he is likeability person because he ultimately has a good heart and him Chewbacca make a great partnership. It was good seeing how they met and how their bond builds between them throughout the film. They have various nice moments like Han letting Chewy help the other Wookies when they’re escaping the mine. Kira (Emilia Clarke) plays the temptress ultimately turning on Solo at the end of the film for her own gain and joining Darth Maul. I don’t think anyone wanted more Darth Maul but he was there. Mira is essentially playing the long game to being the head of an evil association which is headed by Darth Maul. The film is beautifully made and the score is well crafted also, an epic scene being when a giant monster is getting sucked into a massive hole in space. Dryden (Paul Bettany) and Tobias (Woody Harrelson) also play their roles well as they are talented actors.
The film could have been much better if it was more of a stand-alone film rather than setting up for another film and it suffers being chronologically the first film to watch in Star Wars because of when it is set. I would’ve much preferred just an epic adventure Han Solo goes on having nothing to do with any of film. I also don’t think Lando (Donald Glover) was used to his full potential in the film, potentially just losing his ship and robot companion. He’s just an addicted gambler who loves capes. Although Donald Glover does play Lando incredibly well. I would’ve liked to see the film as more of a Firefly episode, where Han Solo is presented with a job and needs to get it done by any means necessary.
It is still better than some films in the Star Wars Collection, but it is nowhere near the best one, it’s just alright.
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