The backlash from Star Wars: The Last Jedi is palpable. The destruction in the wake of fans who felt betrayed by a pointless movie, throwing the merits it had in the trash compactor, is visible. They have the right to be angry at reviewers for praising that movie, though none of them are. All that pent up anger leads us to Solo: A Star Wars Story, the latest story told from a galaxy far, far away.
Let's get it out of the way, Alden Ehrenreich does a great job acting in this movie. Is the character he's playing named Han Solo? Yes. Is that the Han Solo you know? No. This is not an unpopular thing to say about the movie. Yes, this is not the Han Solo you know, but I think it is a character that works in this movie. Want me to say a really unpopular thing? Donald Glover is not a very good Lando. Though, just like with Ehrenreich, I think that the character he plays works in this movie as well.
Everyone does a good enough job in the movie acting wise. The characters they are playing might not be the renditions you are familiar with, but it's fine. This movie is fine. It's not the wide-eyed try hard that the Last Jedi was, but averages out to be about the same. There were no breathtaking moments, at no point did I fear for the safety of the characters. It's the same problem that the prequels had. How can you be scared for a character if you know that they live? Obviously different kinds of stakes would need to be created to create suspense, but there really was none. It was a light-hearted movie throughout.
Sure, the movie had to have slower sadder moments, but this movie really reminds me of A New Hope. I can believe that the screenwriters for this movie had ties to the original trilogy. This could have been what all the new Star Wars movies could have turned out to be. And that is where this movie is really hurt, bad storytelling. This movie suffers from the same problem Deadpool 2 did, who is the bad guy. With a wannabe twist and bad pacing, the main problem with this movie is it not having focus.
Another really annoying thing about this movie was the music. Who thought that the peppy music 80% of the time was the way to go? This aspect really made me think of A New Hope without the nuance. All that cool music from the trailers and the energy they brought isn't to be seen either.
The one positive thing I can say about the movie is a storytelling element that most people wouldn't recognize, partly because it is misused and not fully fleshed out. I can't specifically call it out because it would spoil the movie. But, it's about characters and their relationships, which I have a soft spot for.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is not good. I kinda liked the jumbled mixed bag that it was. It had a tone of little references to other things in Star Wars that have no purpose. I guess that you could see this movie, but there really is no reason to.
6/10 They put an SJW droid into the movie, wtf Kennedy?