REVIEW: Solo – A Star Wars Story

The Star Wars team has released another prequel movie, one we all thought we wanted, but were surprised to discover that we definitely didn’t need. Solo: A Star Wars Story was not only the most fan-service Star Wars film ever, it was also possibly the most disappointing.

In Solo, viewers get a chance to discover the origin of his Han’s name and gun, as well as witness his meeting with Chewbacca. But little else is actually explained, and many viewers will be left full of questions.

We meet Han (Alden Ehrenreich) and Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on the planet Corellia – which seems to be a fascinating place. As our story opens, we discover that their neighborhood is full of thieving children who serve criminals in the “Crimson Dawn” gang. Unfortunately for viewers, Han and Qi’ra are anxious to get out of this life and quickly leave the most interesting setting in the entire film.

While the storytelling was uninspiring and the script was lackluster, the acting was top notch. Clarke, along with Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Paul Bettany, and Thandie Newton, were all fully invested, making the movie at least watchable. I’m not one to fall for droids, but L3 quickly won me over! The relationship and banter between Lando and L3 was a true highlight, and a prequel we deserve (especially after sitting through Solo).

Additionally, the visuals were beautiful (as you would expect from Star Wars). The new creatures featured were interesting, the space-scapes were dynamic and different than previous films, and the costuming was colorfully enticing.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters Friday, May 25th 2018. Watch at your own risk.

— Yael Tygiel