Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

Han Solo’s first solo outing is an admirable attempt at bringing some genuine Star Wars to a fan favorite’s origin story. While its main star does his best to do the character justice, it never feels like the fan favorite is really back at all.

The film follows a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) as he tries to climb the criminal ladder and use his hot-shot piloting skills to reunite with his long lost lover, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). Along the way, he meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) as well as his friendly rival Lando (Donald Glover). But as Solo rolls deeper into the criminal underworld, he comes together with a comedic criminal crew to pull off a dangerous new heist.

While he can’t necessarily be compared to Ford’s portrayal of Solo, there is just something incredibly charming about Ehrenreich as he captures some of Han’s personality and quips. Although, he does fall flat from time to time and viewers will definitely be able to tell how hard he is trying to please fans. But fans will not feel disappointed by him and might even feel that they want to see him more as he gets comfortable in the role.

Ehrenreich also showcases some great chemistry with Suotamo and Glover to give fans gleeful glimpses of these iconic characters first interactions. These moments really gives the film energy and will make fans crack a smile every time they are on-screen.

The same, unfortunately, can’t be said about most of the other characters in the film as they are either forgettable or share no chemistry with Ehrenreich making them more like un-welcomed additions. The film also tends to have lackluster reveals that stop the pacing in its tracks and feel like total letdowns. However, there is one surprise reveal that will leave fans giddy with excitement and is a strong set-up for future Han Solo adventures.

Sadly, the biggest disappointment of Solo is that is lacks both a confident energy and an overall fun mood. The film really drags its feet for most of the almost two and a half runtime and doesn’t ever have the fun and cocky mentality that many expect to see with Han Solo. It has slow moving action sequences, a lack of urgency and stakes, and no real “Oh My God” moments.

So while Han isn’t fully there, Solo: A Star Wars Story does have some charisma and some solid set-up to possibly see more of the bounty hunter’s adventures. It’s not perfect in any way, shape, or form, but could be the start of something great.

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