This film is a prequel to the original Star Wars movie which started it all in the year 1977 (A New Hope) and follows Han Solo. The galaxy is currently full of competing criminal underworlds. We follow Han Solo on his adventures, which include the introduction of other well known Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian.
Any actor who accepted the role of Solo would never be the same as Harrison Ford, no matter who the actor was. Overall, Alden Ehrenreich has done a stable job at playing the cheeky mouthed smuggler we all got to know and love. How the actor stands, flys a ship and shoots his gun are all positives, and accurate to the character. There were many scenes where I felt his facial expressions are spot on as to how the adult Solo would act, and then there are other times where I felt Solo probably wouldn’t look that way or react in that particular way. So much so, that I found myself in the cinema reminding myself and thinking- “Oh yeah, remember this guy is Han Solo”. It’s a considerable element that can be distracting for the film, and this issue was inevitable no matter who won the part for the lead role. In the end, like I said, no one beats Harrison Ford.
The film is full of new worlds, new characters, and it was a pleasure to see the director’s work as he tries to bring unique and creative aspects to a Star Wars film. Apart from the film’s introduction and opening credits, the effects and image quality are all top-notch as one would expect for Star Wars film. While most of the visual and soundtrack is positive, the film’s overall plot and key characters can be somewhat questionable. For me, the film’s opening act had me worried. With cheesy dialogue, poor lighting and terrible surrounding characters, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. Thankfully, the film climbs up for a much better film after the opening introduction has passed.
The film’s love interest and villain were a weakness for me. Both elements were hard to accept and honestly, really forgettable within the Star Wars Universe.
Overall, Solo’s results are a mixed bag with many highs and low. After the film’s disappointing opening act, we see a much better film, but it does hurt the tone from the get-go. The storyline can be questionable, and sometimes it just appears that Solo is only at the right time and place to move forward. Key characters, including Solo’s love interest and the film’s villain, are forgettable, considering what we’ve previously seen from a galaxy far far far away.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden