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‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ – Review

Solo: A Star Wars Story is a 2018 sci-fi adventure film directed by Ron Howard following the scoundrel we all know and love, Han Solo, and showing us the way he maneuvered his way into becoming the best pilot in there galaxy, how he met Chewie, and how he even attained the Millennium Falcon. The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Emilia Clarke, Woodie Harrelson, and Donald Glover.

Usually walking into any Star Wars film I am excited as can be, as I was with this one as well. I walked in, I sat down and I pondered what fun action sequences were to come. As the film started I had a lot of fun with the opening scene, and the ending of this film had me and my friends talking the entire ride home. I will start with everything I loved about this film before I get into any negatives. The story, it's simple, it's fun, and it's essentially a heist movie set in the Star Wars universe. I loved it. It's been done before but never in this sort of manner with this universe. The second half of this film is extremely fun and full of adventure, and contains one scene in particular that I did love.

I did love the second and third act of this film more than the first, and I'll get into that towards the end of this review, but the second and third act is what is more engaging and more exciting about the film as this is when more of the plot sets in and they begin to act on it. This introduces a number of characters as well including Lando, and his co-pilot L3.

Now, I will be getting into what I did not particularly love about this film. One thing I have noticed is becoming somewhat common in the Star Wars universe is the nods they give to other events, places, and characters in the franchise. For instance when we see R2 and C-3PO in Rogue One, or the reference to Princess Leia. It felt like the first half of this film relied HEAVILY on a lot of that being placed into the dialogue. Line after line after line I would hear someone say something referencing something from another Star Wars film. At first, this was fun and felt almost like finding Easter eggs in a Marvel movie, but after a while it was quite noticeable that these references and lines of dialogue were not going away. It wasn't really until the second half of the film I noticed that the film began to take it's course in what was now it's own movie rather than relying on references and nods to the other films to make it fun and entertaining.

One big aspect of this film that really bothered me was Paul Bethany, or the lack of screen time he had. He was, in my opinion a great and effective villain, but he gets very little screen time. Throughout the film they refer to him in a way that is supposed to make him fearsome, and somewhat of a powerful villain, but it's hard to feel that when he only gets about 15 minutes of screen time.

Overall this is a fun film, it has fun action sequences, and even a great third act. The first half of the film felt a little off but does redeem itself with how it ends. L3 was a character I found to be extremely annoying the entire time she was on screen.

6.5/10

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