by Marisa Winterbottom, Nerd
If you are familiar with the Star Wars movie universe, Solo is the newest in the catalog of sequel-prequels Disney has planned (because, you know, cash cow). For those who aren’t sure, Solo falls between Episode III and Rogue One and follows none other than the handsome nerf-herder himself, Han Solo. In the film, we are introduced to Han’s unpleasant home-planet of Corellia, as well as his oh-so-gorgeous lady-friend, Qi’ra. After a daring escape from his wasteland home, you are taken along as Han evolves into the smuggler he eventually becomes. There is the meeting of his faithful companion Chewbacca, as well as his on/off friend, Lando Calrissian. We are also introduced to some other shady characters, some turn out to be the bad kind, for which Han is known with conversing/working for. And some turn out to be the good kind. Then throw in a couple of villains, a major twist or two, and voila! We got us a solid back story here people!
While Alden Ehrenreich would not have been my first choice to play Han, (I am still glad he was picked over Miles Teller) the amount of fun I had watching this movie completely overshadowed my aversion to the actor. Solo is a non-stop thrill ride through the past of someone who, in my opinion, is one of the more mysterious characters in the Star Wars universe. There is so much going on within the film, your mind always has food for it. I don’t think I once felt a drop in the story. The characters are all well portrayed, and it is easy for one to start to build connections with them. The directors and writers gave a large amount of story for Han within a short amount of time, and it’s surprisingly well done, and with a little bit of everything. There’s action, romance, drama, betrayal, sacrifice. ALL THE FEELS! We are really learning how his past shaped his future. I was on the edge of my seat, for most of the movie.
Unfortunately, every Star Wars film has a drawback it seems. For Solo, it is Lando. Don’t get me wrong, Donald Glover did a great job portraying the character, he is an amazing actor. However, I think the writing for Lando was outlandish, and over the top. We get that he is a suave con man who can win your leg in a sabacc game, but I don’t think they did this character any favors in this film. I hope they change this for the future because Lando is supposed to be a rather likeable anti-hero.
I only have the one complaint about this film. So, if you are a Star Wars fan, there is no real reason to skip this one. It is a ton of fun and paves the way for the next one in this prequel trilogy, and more. I look forward to more origin stories from the galaxy!