Solo: A Star Wars Story

2018, Adventure/Sci-fi, 2h 15m

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A flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, Solo: A Star Wars Story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door. Read critic reviews

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Young Han Solo finds adventure when he joins forces with a gang of galactic smugglers and a 190-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca. Indebted to the gangster Dryden Vos, the crew devises a daring plan to travel to the mining planet Kessel to steal a batch of valuable coaxium. In need of a fast ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian, the suave owner of the perfect vessel for the dangerous mission -- the Millennium Falcon.

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  • Nov 15, 2020
    Tbh, I have long ago given up on this family of stories ever achieving the height of immersive excitement that the earliest versions so freely bathed in. That Ron Howard directed was no incitement either. So I was pretty surprised. This was better than I could have imagined. And w/o Harrison Ford? I didn't think it could be done. But they did it.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Oct 21, 2018
    Solo is a good old-fashioned Star Wars adventure (unlike the travesty that was The Last Jedi). The story follows the exploits of a young Han Solo who joins up with a band of mercenaries to help them pull off a heist. Starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Donald Glover, the film has a solid cast that delivers strong performances. And, the special effects and action sequences are especially well-done, making for some thrilling chases and fight scenes. Additionally, the writing does a fair job at hitting a lot of the marks of an origin story (given what is known about Han from the previous films) and at making callbacks. Considering all the behind-the-scenes turmoil, Solo proves to be a remarkably fun and entertaining film, and one of the better entries in the franchise.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2018
    diminished when compared to The Last Jedi, unfortunately however, so did the box office numbers. Best case scenario, this thing breaks even, and even that is looking unlikely. But I did actually quite enjoy Solo. It's not perfect, there are a decent number of problems I had with both the movie itself, and with its connection to the story overall, but I actually had a really good time watching Solo (and seeing as I was probably the most sick I've ever been in my life when I watched it, that's saying something).
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2018
    There is no mention of the force. Barely a lightsaber is wielded. In these tangential Star Wars stories Disney has somehow figured out how to not only expand a brand, but simultaneously how to tell what were once mid-range, star-driven vehicles that have more or less become obsolete in the current theatrical landscape of tentpole after tentpole. It makes sense, to be not what everything else is, but instead what you need to be sometimes means taking up the mantle of that which will make people feel the urge to venture out to the theater while ultimately delivering something they didn't know they missed seeing on the big screen. And so, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a heist film that just so happens to feature characters with names and locations we recognize. Moreover, these characters may not require further backstory or exploration and in fact as much might be detrimental to the mythos of some while fascinating in other circumstances, but in this universe as it now exists both the recognizable and additional characters on display here all have their own stories that can be expanded upon and thus is the reason LucasFilm and Kathleen Kennedy no doubt found it a solid if not necessarily wholly compelling piece to produce in the beginning phases of these extraneous stories taking place around the core trilogies. Because of this and because of Disney's inability to add any genuine stakes to Solo given it takes place prior to the original trilogy and they've already spoiled what happens to the character after; the studio has been afforded the opportunity to make a Han Solo movie which isn't really as much a movie about who Han Solo is and why or how he became the Han Solo we all came to know and love in Star Wars, but more it is a movie about a team of scoundrels and smugglers who are always seeking that "one job to end all jobs". You know, the one they might retire on, settle all their debts with, and that will set them up prettily for the rest of their lives? Yeah, that's what Solo is. Solo is a mob drama of sorts, albeit an intergalactic one, that by default functions as part of two specific genres and works well enough to varying degrees in both for the general effect that it suffices to satisfy audiences seeking either type of movie just well enough. Does it hold much weight? No. Was it necessary? Of course not. Worst of all, it's not very efficient with its own storytelling in certain acts, but it's a fun enough time with characters that, if you loved them already, you won't mind hanging out with more and getting to meet some of their extended circles you weren't acquainted with prior. read the whole review at www.reviewsfromabed.com
    Philip P Super Reviewer

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