Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

I am in a small group of the population who does not live and die with Star Wars, their epic characters, and out of this galaxy storylines. There seems to be a very deep divide on whether Solo: A Star Wars Story was good or bad, let alone necessary. So I went into this with little to no expectations considering how much I disliked The Last Jedi. Hans Solo (Harrison Ford) is probably one of the most beloved characters ever on-screen, so it was only fitting that he get his own spin-off some day. Alden Ehrenreich had some very huge space boots to fill as the galaxy’s biggest hustler. He did not disappoint, neither did the supporting cast of Emilia Clarke, Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, and Paul Bettany. Thrown together thanks to a very entertaining script writing and action pack chases through the stars, Solo did not disappoint in the slightest. I can see why people would be upset. This is NOT a Rogue One kind of story and does not have any effect of the new storylines of Episode VII and VIII. The story never goes deep in Solo’s roots or his training with the Imperial army. It gives you just enough back story to see how everything eventually came together for him and how he became Hans Solo. There’s the love angle with Clark’s character Qi’ra, you have to wonder how he ever falls for Princess Leia and becomes the father of Kylo Ren. At the end of the day, this film probably upsets Star Wars fans because it may have opened a whole can of worms in terms of character development, the mystery of the hustler, and how he became the legend he did with a back story like this. I tried to give this movie the benefit of the doubt. It Solo was not part of a bigger picture and a stand along franchise, this would have been a great entry into a future series filled with laughs, laser fights, and ship chases. I didn’t think of Solo as a Star Wars movie, but another action movie that somehow disappointed the masses, which probably explains why I liked it so much. 8/10 

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