I went into the new Star Wars prequel Solo with no preconceived ideas. I am not a fanatic and I was fine with a backstory for Han Solo. No - Alden Ehrenreich does not look like Harrison Ford. He’s his own person and frankly imbues the young Han Solo with the right amount of arrogance and bravado. Director Ron Howard pulls out a decent ride in the Millennium Falcon (now we know how it became Han’s ship). Solo is a fun entertaining two hours or so with plenty of air battles, bad guys, good guys, and Han as our intergalactic rogue hero.
Here’s a scrappy young man just trying to live, trying to break free from life on his crappy planet. We find out how he does escape, but what happens to Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) his love? Han hooks up with a band of mercenaries (Woody Harrelson, Thandie Newton) to pull off a heist. Well – drat they collide with Crimson Dawn and that’s not good. Is he reunited with Qi’ra and under what circumstances? Will she kill him? We learn how he meets Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and begins a lifelong friendship. Who is Lando (a charming Donald Glover)? How did Han get the Millennium Falcon from him?
There’s a lot of double crosses going on, air battles, air pirates, crazy creatures, and of course evil abounds. Through it all, Ehrenreich is earnest and endearing. Oh he’s slick and has his street smarts. He’s a fantastic pilot with mad skills. He’s still a bit trusting, but is learning. He leans toward being a loner….and yet he’s loyal to Chewbacca. And then there’s Qi’ra – good/evil comes in small packages. With her large eyes and soft accent, Emilia Clarke, pulls off her part with panache. She’s a survivor, that’s for sure.
I came out of Solo thoroughly entertained. Frankly it was better than I expected. Thumbs up for my five dollar investment on a summer Saturday morning. Soar with the Falcon!
Exactly my thoughts - better than expected. It's sad so many are being hard on this film.ReplyDelete
yep. and your review clinched it for me to go see it. Just fun and entertaining!Delete
It sounds better than I was assuming it would be.ReplyDelete
it was indeed. I think the bad buzz is from Star Wars nuts - nothing could please themDelete
Hi Joanne - may go see it when it gets here ... thanks for the thumbs up - cheers HilaryReplyDelete
keep in mind I paid only $5....I can like a lot for that price pointDelete
I haven't seen it, but your review does make it sound better than I thought it would be. Glad to hear you were entertained. :)ReplyDelete
hey - for 2 hours of "free" airconditioning...well worth itDelete
Good that it was better than thought to be, prequels though, ugg hahaReplyDelete
they pulled in details that made senseDelete
Sounds good! I've seen most of the Star Wars flicks, but like you, I'm not a fanatic. If this movie is entertaining, that's good enough for me. I'll be sure to see it. Thanks for the recommendation!ReplyDelete