Solo: A Star Wars Story Reviewed by Jon E Clist

The Premise
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in 'Solo: A Star Wars Story,' an adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga's most unlikely heroes.

The Review
I was having a conversation with another Star Wars fan the other day and we were expressing how we felt about the Disney takeover/makeover of Lucas Films and in turn what that meant for the Star Wars franchise. We were pretty much in complete agreeance that it has been a good thing. There is not enough time to type our conversation about George Lucas and his prequels and so let’s stick to this new more recent part of the journey into the far reaches of space.

Since Disney took the reins of the Millennium Falcon, things have been pretty sweet. They have brought a whole new cinematic balance to the Universe with a delicate blend of duplicating the feel of the original trilogy while creating a modern and yet fully accessible vehicle for entertainment. The one liners and great characters are back with plenty of connections back to where things all began.

Solo is an interesting form of this connection between was has been and what is, while also playing its own part in what is yet to come. Yes, some of the characters are familiar to the fans, however the actors are somewhat new to this setting. We are deeply familiar with the loveable rogue that is Han Solo but here he has this new fresh-faced youthful appearance. I do think that while the dialogue shows a character who has not yet experienced all of the pain that would make him a self-focused scruffy nerf-herder, Alden Ehrenreich has perfectly reimagined this iconic cinematic character made famous by the amazing Harrison Ford. I am sure that I was not the only one to have my concerns about anyone other than Ford playing this role, yet these doubts have now faded into oblivion.

Alden Ehrenreich was the first actor to audition for directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The directors said in July 2016 that while they liked a lot of the other actors they read with, they increasingly said, "The first guy we saw was the best for the part," and that led them to eventually cast Ehrenreich as Han Solo.

Of course, it is every member of the cast that makes this film a great adventure and the casting of Donald Glover as Lando is genius. Add in the Mother of Dragons and you have something super special.

This is so fully a standalone Star Wars film that is very focused on a smaller set of characters caught in a simpler and more personal conundrum. This is not a film involving Skywalkers or much of that overall greater story of the Empire. While some fans of the franchise might miss this, I thought it was actually rather refreshing.

With Ron Howard in the director’s chair, this film marked the first time an Academy Award-winning director ever made a Star Wars film.  Although originally brought on board to complete Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) after Phil Lord and Christopher Miller had been dismissed due to "creative differences," it was widely reported in October 2017 that Ron Howard had re-shot more than 80% of the movie. Good mov in my books for what has com of it is a fun filled adventure in space.

The Verdict
Cool cats pulling a heist in space… Great idea executed to perfection inside of a much-loved cinematic franchise, Plus this is another film perfect for most of the family.

The Trailer

The Info
Releases: 24th May 2018
Rating: M – Contains violence
Duration: 135 minutes 
Genre:  Sci-Fi/ Star Wars
Starring: Emilia Clarke, Alden Ehrenreich, Paul Bettany
Director: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Rush)

The Extras