Solo: A Star Wars story movie review
1 year ago Times of India 0
Story: A young Han Solo meets his co-pilot Chewbacca & Lando Calrissian years before the events of ‘Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope’
Review: Origin stories are tricky enough as they come, but the challenge of making a film on a beloved anti-hero in one of the most revered movie franchises is a whole different task altogether. Add to the fact that ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ went through a lot of production woes, and even a die-hard fan would be right to ask – is the Force strong with this one? It’s crucial to ponder on these issues behind-the-scenes because they become glaringly apparent in the film’s pacing and tonality – the first casualties of an underwhelming storyline.
‘Solo’ jumps from one action setpiece to the next, with minimal character development. Sure, there are moments that spark some soul into the film, such as Han meeting Chewbacca for the first time, along with the very first glimpse of the fabled Millenium Falcon. But beyond obvious nostalgia-inducing bits, there is little else to cherish. This isn’t the fault of the cast, and yet, not much depth is added to the parts they play. Alden Ehrenreich is perfectly fine as Han Solo. It’s near impossible to replace the enigmatic Harrison Ford, but Ehrenreich does his own nuanced take on the lovable rogue. As does Donald Glover in his rendition of the charismatic Lando Calrissian. The characters played by Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany aren’t too memorable, but they serve their purpose within the story. Emilia Clarke’s Qi’ra is arguably the most intriguing addition from this film to this folklore as she keeps you guessing about her motivations.
Admittedly, the last act makes up for its plodding initial 2/3rds with some potentially exciting developments. In the end, director Ron Howard manages to salvage the remnants of the production mess to a fair extent. While he plays it safe and loses some of the mythical Star Wars allure along the way, he succeeds in creating a decent sci-fi action film. ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ has enough action, CGI spectacle, and callbacks to satisfy both its old and new fans while barely justifying its addition to the franchise.