Is Solo: A Star Wars Story worth your time?
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a movie many are waiting for with baited breath. Look not everyone was completely on board with a Han Solo origin story. Some said this was unnecessary, others said it would be messy, even more were interested because Lando! Let’s be honest a lot could go wrong here. The good news is it worked out.
Solo: A Star Wars Story could have been terribly cast. I was rooting for Anthony Ingruber who played a young Harrison Ford in Age of Adaline. Alden Ehrenreich who ended up with the role thankfully works. Lando Calrissian had to be Donald Glover. Everyone else who it would work with is too old. The remaining cast of characters previously unknown in the story that we have seen in film included A mysteriously heavily employed Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton who rarely goes wrong wherever she is placed, a brunette Emilia Clarke…sans dragons, and a very less purple Paul Bettany. I never quite understood why he doesn’t work more. There’s also several stick around and read the credits to see what voice you heard moments.
But lets get into why you need to see Solo. It doesn’t stop at being a Han Solo origin story. It is a when Han met, Lando, Chewbacca, learned about smuggling and first set foot on the Millennium Falcon movie. It also has a lot of capes. Edina Mode would absolutely lose in in Lando’s closet. It answers the age-old question of how far back to Han and Chewie go? What about Chewie’s family? Who’s telling the truth about how Han got the Millennium Falcon from Lando? Was Lando always that suave and stylish? I’ve already answered that last one. He’s got a closet full.of.CAPES. I need to get in on this cape life.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is not a blazing masterpiece it gets a little dodgy and off pace in the 3rd act but it seals it with a moment near the end that made the whole audience gasp. I spent that evening over drinks discussing what that last scene meant and how it opened the door for so much more. Your Monday morning will be filled with lots of spoiler-filled conversation about what it means so be prepared by catching it this weekend if you remembered to buy a ticket in advance.
Director: Ron Howard
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures/Lucasfilm
Release Date: May 25, 2018
Run Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
MPAA Rating: PG-13