Well, I guess it was entertaining. I was admittedly not interested in this movie. The concept of a Han Solo origin story just did not interest me. Origin story prequels can work, but only when they have a point to exist. From the start, Solo just felt like it was being forced because Disney knew it would make money. We know who Han Solo is, we get a fair amount of his backstory from the four movies he has already been in. If they were going to do an origin story, I feel like Boba Fett would have been the better option. We do not get a great idea of who that character is based on the movies. Apparently, a Boba Fett movie is in the works and will be directed by James Mangold (Logan).
My interest was peaked a little bit when I heard the movie was being directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. As I have said before, I love The Lego Movie and really liked the Jump Street movies. But then they were fired, and I lost all interest. But, I went to see it anyway, because it is a Star Wars movie, and I had nothing better to do.
And, it was exactly what I thought it would be. It was competent, somewhat entertaining, but nothing special. It did not tell a real story. It hit all the moments one would expect a Han Solo story to hit. How did he get the Falcon? How did he do the Kessel Run? How did he meet Chewbacca? And so on. But we already knew most of these stories. One could never watch this movie and still know almost as much about the character of Han Solo just by watching the other movies he was in.
There is a fun cameo, which I enjoyed. Saying who it is is a spoiler though, so skip the rest of this paragraph if you do not want to know. Go ahead, skip down to the next paragraph now. It is Darth Maul. They do not really explain how he survived, but he is there, and it is cool to see him. He does not get to do very much, and he is cloaked for most of the movie, and only in hologram form, but he is there. Hopefully, he can have a bigger role in a future movie. He was criminally underused in Phantom Menace. He was built up to be such a cool villain, but they never capitalized on it. He got redeemed in the tv show Clone Wars, but never got his due in the movies. But in terms of this movie, he still does not have much of an impact.
Okay. spoilers over. Let’s talk about the acting. It is mostly good. Nothing special, but it certainly doesn’t hurt the movie. Donald Glover made for a great Lando, and Woody Harrelson is good as per usual. But one of the problem’s is Han does not really feel like Han. One could argue this was Han before he was broken, but still, the character was just missing that quality we have come to expect in Han. He too easily takes to playing as a member of a team.
It has some funny moments and some fun action scenes. The new droid, L3-37, and she is a great addition. She often steals the scene anytime she appears, much like K2-SO did in Rogue One. Chewy is always a fun character. But most of the other characters are uninteresting.
I just keep coming back to the fact this movie feels pointless though. You will not miss anything in the lore that is Star Wars if you skip this entry. It takes no risks, has no surprises besides that one cameo I talked about. It is just bland. A semi-palatable meal, that will satisfy your hunger, but not memorable at all. No one will be thinking fondly back to the first time they saw Solo the way they do with A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back. it will be forgotten by the end of the year. See it if you have the money and time to spare, but it is not a movie anyone needs to see.