Die hard fans will love “Solo: A Star Wars Story” because above all, it is an exercise in nostalgia. The new film in the Star Wars anthology explores the origins of one of the franchise’s most beloved characters, Han Solo. The film was both charming and entertaining, yet it brings practically nothing new to the table.
Alden Ehrenreich, who was a standout in the otherwise forgettable “Hail, Caesar! (2016)”, was the perfect casting choice to play Solo as he has the looks and charisma of a young Harrison Ford. Donald Glover is even better as Lando Calrissian, right down to that classic Billy Dee Williams voice. We have Woody Harrelson as Han Solo’s mentor Beckett, and round out the cast with “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke as the love interest. The casting was there, the characters were there, but unfortunately the story feels too conventional.
The plot is essentially Han attempting to steal some extremely explosive hyper fuel to payoff a debt to a random mid-level gangster who has made off with his girl. He makes the famed Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs (successfully represented as distance instead of time) so he can set his girl free, settle his debt, and buy a spaceship. Along the way, he meets his long time sidekick Chewbacca, and ultimately wins the Millennium Falcon from Lando in a game of cards. The low point of the film comes in one of the final scenes where a certain fan-favorite villain from a previous Star Wars film makes an unnecessary appearance via hologram FaceTime.
When you go see a new Star Wars film, you are there to experience the nostalgia and hope that you might relive the feeling you got when you first saw “A New Hope” or “The Empire Strikes Back”. I’m all for nostalgia, however an origin story traditionally gives the audience insight into a character that they had never considered in previous films. In “Solo: A Star Wars Story”, we learn nothing new about the motivations of Han Solo’s character and instead are left with a two hour action/heist film.
Written by Maier
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