Solo is a charming movie with a Falcon load of action, but it’s not your typical Star Wars movie. If you’re looking for lightsaber battles and force wielding Jedi, this is not the movie for you. When you boil Solo down to it’s nuts and bolts, you’re watching a lighthearted heist movie. And I mean that as a compliment! This movie was flat out fun the more I think about it, and there’s plenty of entertainment to get me back for repeat viewings.
Although Solo is removed from the other Star Wars movies, it does it’s best to remind you you’re still in a galaxy far far away. From introducing fan favorites such as Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) and Chewbacca, all the way down to those lucky golden dice that seem to be popping up everywhere. Not to mention the Millennium Falcon which may or may not make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs. And while these are pleasing moments, there isn’t a sense of earned gratification because everything feels so rushed! This will end up being a trilogy, so why not space out those character defining moments that make Han Solo the space smuggler we’ve come to know and love? I don’t have the answer to that, but I do know that the actor portraying Solo, Alden Ehrenreich, has excellently captured the essence of Harrison Ford’s older portrayal.
Overall, this movie is a solid B for me. It’s not going to change your life, but it is a welcome addition to the Star Wars franchise. Happy Watching!