Here we are at the end of May at last & we have The Young Indiana Jones chronicles. I mean Han Solo the 5th Star Wars Prequel. Sorry this review is a little late I just really wasn’t motivated to see this on day one like most Star Wars Fans. But I always planned on seeing it at one point & that point is now & here are my thoughts on it.
The Plot: A young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich)& a Wookie named Chewbacca joins up with a team led by a smuggler named Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) as they need to steal some coaxium for a powerful crime boss. Along the way Han meets Lando Calrissan (Donald Glover) who owns the ship they need to pull this off & it’s called The Millennium Falcon.
My General Thoughts: Solo is as great as I thought it would be which is passable. It’s not as good as Last Jedi & it’s not as bad as Rogue One. It’s a movie I can sit through the whole thing mildly entertained & then move on with my day without it affecting my life in anyway & overtime I’ll probably forget it ever existed. (But since its Star Wars it might not be possible) It’s a fine movie that plays out just like you would except a Han Solo type movie to be. I could just end this review right here & call it quits but I wouldn’t do that to you people so let me go through some of the pros, cons & some spoiler talk & then calling it quits.
Pros: Like the other Star War movies the production design & costume design is top-notch. Everything looks incredible (Not all it) Disney knows how to make a good-looking modern Star Wars movie. Alden Ehrenreich does a decent job as a young Han Solo (who will somehow become Harrison Ford in 5 years?) but I don’t really see anyone topping the original it’ll be like remaking Indiana Jones without Harrison Ford. Han & Chewie together is great but I wished there was more of it. Donald Glover as Lando was really good I think he really nailed his personality & Charisma. There are some cool battle scenes especially the one involving The Falcon. Other than that everything else either didn’t work for me or was just passable.
Cons: The first scene in the movie really bugged me it threw me off. The Cg can be as hit or a miss especially when they show close ups of the creatures it looked pretty bad. There are some comedic characters that weren’t funny especially Lando’s sassy robot. How come every new main droid in this universe has to be some type of comedic relief? (But none of them will ever top HK-47) My least favorite characters in the movie was Woody Harrelson’s old mentor character who was pretty useless for the whole thing & Emilia Clarke’s character who was just a love interest who became frustrating at the end. There isn’t that much bad to say it was mostly just stale & boring. Like I said earlier it’s passable.
My Passable score: Before I talk about the spoilery stuff I’ll just give those who haven’t seen it yet my rating of 6/10. What an amazingly underwhelming movie if you haven’t seen it I would just wait or not bother. Don’t worry you’re not missing much.
Spoiler Talk: I’m getting sick of these new Star Wars movies that have nothing new to show. Star Wars is a big place & there are tons of potential story ideas. Do I really need to know exactly how the Rebels get the Death Star plans or do I need a Han Solo prequel to tell me how he became who he is in A New Hope. Well that depends because these anthology movies feel like an extended Star Wars novel or comic book, that I would pick up if I wanted to know more about the characters & learn more details about the universe. But if we know Disney they’re going to keep making these uninspired Star War Movies until we’re all dead & a new generation of Star War Fans will think it’s a part of life.
But anyway what I wanted to talk about is the new characters. Instead of making these characters as appealing as the originals the new ones are just there while the old ones steal the spotlight. While watching this I imagined that all the new ones had big red targets on them expecting they wouldn’t make it. For the most part I was right, but I was surprised Emilia Clarke’s character Qi’ra lived, she was at the top of my list next to Woody Harrelson. I didn’t mention this at the top but the ending annoyed me a lot. Not because it didn’t make any sense it’s because of how absurd it became when everyone was just double-crossing each other that it took me out of the movie & it felt very contrived.
The reason why I disliked Beckett & Qi’ra is because of this ending ruined their characters for me. With too many twists all coming out in the same scene it feels so forced & the reveal that Qi’ra was working for Darth Maul the whole time is the cherry on the top. I don’t really understand why Darth Maul is in this movie besides the obvious. I liked they got the voice actor Sam Witwer from the Clone Wars TV show as the voice for Darth Maul for this movie. He really nails the menacing voice.
That’s pretty much all I have to say on Solo: A Star Wars Story so if you agree or disagree please let me know in the comments. If you can share it with your loved ones that would be great and if you haven’t notice I’m a huge fan of movies, TV Shows & Video Games and I’m willing to suffer for my audience so let me know on what I should review next.
Thanks for reading this review and I’ll see you again in the next review.