Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Directed by Ron Howard

Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany

Music by John Powell & John Williams

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDb)
During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

My Opinion:

I saw this at midnight last night. I’m exhausted! But I suppose I better do a quickie review before America gets to see this tonight (is that right?). Because I’m sure everyone is just dying to know my opinion as there’ll be NO other reviews to be found for this movie anywhere. Yeah, the other reviews will be much more detailed than mine. You won’t find that here. I’ll make this very quick and just let you know if I liked the latest Star Wars movie or not.

Yep! I liked it. I really really liked it. Not sure yet if I loved it, but… Maybe. I need to see it again. Here’s how I feel about all the new Star Wars movies (I’ve linked to my full reviews):

The Force Awakens: LOVED it. Easily my favorite of the new ones.
Rogue One: Certainly didn’t hate it but didn’t love it. Liked it okay but, overall, it just didn’t work for me. Felt the least “Star Wars” to me.
The Last Jedi: Wasn’t happy with this at first. It has grown on me. I certainly like it much more than a lot of people seemed to but, depending on what they do with the final film, I could end up liking this one much more or much less. Really hope they do the final film right (I want it to be more like The Force Awakens).

My ranking? I don’t yet know until the final film but it’s currently probably The Force Awakens, then The Last Jedi or Solo (time will tell so I’ll make them a tie at the moment) and then Rogue One. My hubby’s order (HUGE Star Wars nut), if you’re interested, is currently: The Force Awakens, Solo, Rogue One, The Last Jedi. I was surprised he has Solo in second place so far but he did thoroughly enjoy it.

So onto Solo… As most people have said so far, this movie is a lot of fun. There seems to be a big backlash against this movie before people have even seen it. I truly don’t understand that. Is it just because they didn’t like The Last Jedi?? Wow, people are hard to please. I was shocked that the midnight showings for this at my cinema were completely dead. One screen had only six people! I love Star Wars and, no, I really don’t want to see its legacy ruined. Yes, I worry that The Last Jedi has started down that path. But let’s see how they handle the final film. And, in the meantime, let’s spend some time having fun with Han, Chewbacca & Lando since they’re fantastic characters we all love. I also saw a lot of people say “Oh, people are saying Solo is fun. That just means it’s bad”. Huh? Since when did people decide that movies aren’t meant to be fun anymore?! I want movies to be fun. I want to be entertained. Fun doesn’t automatically mean bad.

I think the most important thing to me was that they’d get our most beloved characters right. I think we all had our doubts about Alden Ehrenreich but I think he did a good job. Was he the perfect person for this role? Maybe not. But who could be? Han Solo is one of the most iconic (and coolest) characters of all time. Who can possibly do Han Solo justice?? I had no problem with Ehrenreich – I liked him as Han. And Donald Glover is great as Lando but I think we had already accepted him based on the trailers. He’s cool as f*^k. I loved seeing these two characters meeting and, even as I write this, I’m probably liking this movie even more as I think of young Han, Lando, and Chewbacca all meeting for the first time. I adored all their scenes together.

I thought all the new characters were pretty great as well. I’m not sure that I have any new absolute favorites but it’s very hard to top all of the original trilogy characters. I’m not going to get into the new additions, however, as I wish to remain completely spoiler free. I’ll just say that I liked the history that Han had with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), Woody Harrelson and his team of “can they be trusted?” misfits were a joy and the perfect fit to team up with Han & Lando, and the baddies were quite effective – they looked the part and were menacing.

What else can I say? This movie gave me what I wanted. It’ll never top the original trilogy but no new Star Wars movie ever will. I don’t expect that from any of the new movies. I think Ron Howard has done a great job with Solo, especially considering that it was such a troubled production. It stays very faithful to & respectful of the Star Wars legacy and does all the existing characters justice. There are some great “fan service” bits that are a real pleasure but don’t feel at all forced (they aren’t the type you’ll roll your eyes at – they’re just fun). Yeah. Fun! This movie is fun. Fun is good. Fun is what I wanted. It’s okay to have fun sometimes! Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good film and, for me, it’s a welcome addition to the Star Wars universe.

My Rating: 8/10

21 thoughts on “Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) Review

  1. There’s no pleasing some people, is there? I hesitate to call them fans anymore because they’re attitude to any new stuff seems to be, “I hate it! Now, let’s see something of it so I can decide why I hate it…”

    Glad to hear this is fun. I like fun too. I think some people think “fun” means it’s lacking in other, more serious qualities, but I think both types of films should exist and entertain us in different ways.

    • People really do suck. 😉 I’m definitely a movie snob at times but can also have fun with the “popcorn” blockbusters. Can’t people just have fun & be entertained sometimes??? As for rabid fans automatically hating new stuff before even seeing it… Ugh. I just don’t get it. Watch the movie with an open mind first! Solo was fine. It was fun. I do need to see it again to fully know my opinion. As a bit of a Star Wars nerd, I think I won’t fully know how I feel about all these new films until years from now. Like…. I thought the prequels were okay at the time. Now I think they suck. So who knows??? 😉 Oh – I suppose you’ve seen Solo by now? 🙂

      • I have seen it. I quite liked it. I think the mangled production history shows on screen — it’s not as fun as it should be, probably because they were trying to course correct from Lord & Miller’s outright humour.

        It’s also a case in point of how a cinematographer can fail to match their subject — the guy likes to shoot things really dark, pushing the limits of what cameras can do, and they hire him for a bright fun movie? No.

      • Yes! That’s true. I totally forgot how damn dark this movie was. I hate when I feel like I can’t freaking see anything. My eyesight is bad enough as it is…

  2. That’s quite long and in depth for a quickie review! 😛

    You liked it a bit more than I did. I enjoyed it as an adventure but the story had too many gaps and flaws that irritated me. Certainly nowhere near as bad as the haters would have you believe though. All this “1 star, worst film ever” nonsense is just dumb! 😡

    If you’re interested in my opinion I’m sure you know where to look! 😉

    • Hehe. My quickie reviews do still tend to ramble on a bit. 😉 I’ve kind of forgotten Solo all these months later (I’m so behind on things!!!). But it was fun. I need to watch it again to really know my opinion on it. Certainly not the worst in the Star Wars universe! Didn’t deserve any bad reviews at all.

  3. Great review! I liked Solo a lot. It was great fun – and no – there is nothing wrong with that. 🙂

    • Oh. Hi! 🙂 Sorry – I’m so behind on the blog that I missed comments from months ago. Glad you had fun with this! It’s not quite my favorite of the year (which I expect from a Star Wars movie) but I did really enjoy it. I don’t think it’s hurt the Star Wars legacy in any way, either, which is the most important thing. 🙂

  4. Great review! I think our thoughts are pretty much the same. It didn’t move me in the same way I was moved by The Force Awakens, Rogue One and The Last Jedi, but this was a fun, entertaining movie. I think Ron Howard did a great job putting this together considering all the behind the scenes drama. I want to see this again! So far I’m 100 percent on board with what Disney has done with the Star Wars franchise! 🙂

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