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Well, is Solo any good? Find out with our Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

Maximilian Rivera May 29, 2018

Yeah, we know we promised you a The Witch episode last week, but we decided to push it to next week so we could publish a Solo: A Star Wars Story review podcast episode while it was still fresh. This is the second “Anthology” film in the Star Wars universe and left a lot of people wondering why they would explore the backstory of one of the most beloved characters around. Well, Scott and I decided to tear this puppy open and see what makes it tick.

We get right to business and talk about everything we can think of. Honestly, neither of this LOVE this movie. I think I am a bit more negative than Scott on the whole kebab, but we both found good and bad in the picture. I think low expectations take this movie to a spot of “hey, it could have been worse!”

Ron Howard was a fine directing choice, but I would have liked to see him helm this movie from the get-go, as well as seeing what Lord and Miller could have created. If you heard our summer preview, you should know we all kind of felt nothing about this.

A lot of people were worried about Alden Ehrenreich portraying Han Solo, but he’s honestly just fine in the role. I mean, he’s a good actor, but it’s not the deepest film, so he’s more than adequate at his job. The performances here are all pretty solid, thankfully. Emilia Clarke plays Qi’ra well, and its probably her best role outside of Game of Thrones. Donald Glover shines as Lando Calrissian, but he’s just not utilized enough.

There are cool moments and it’s overall a pretty film, but once again — it’s not necessary. It’s not necessary to the overall world of Star Wars, not necessary to understanding Han Solo, and not even necessary to experience on the big screen.

If every future Star Wars film felt like this, it would just be an average cinematic property and not the powerhouse we recognize the Saga trilogies as. So if you listen to our Solo: A Star Wars story review, you’l see that we both feel this movie just kind of exists, but it’s not our favorite film to be in this wheelhouse.

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Max is a marketing copywriter by day, filmmaker and screenwriter by night. He resides in Charlotte, NC, and loves his dogs, watching movies, building LEGO sets, and eating food. Lots of food.You can find Max at his personal website and twitter.