Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story Stays True to the Classic Saga
Movie Review by Anirudh Madhav (Rocheston Certified Movie Critic)
Much like the initial production hiccups faced by Solo: A Star Wars Story, when director Ron Howard replaced the original director duo, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the storyline of Han Solo starts on a shaky note but progresses to become an action-packed entertainer, that retains the feel of the Star Wars franchise.
After escaping from the shipyard planet in Corellia and promising to return to rescue his sweetheart Qi’ra (Emelia Clarke), Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) along with his new sidekick Chewbacca (Joonas Soutamo) join a gang of thieves, led by Beckett (Woody Harrelson). As wanted criminals, they set out on a mission to retrieve a rare volatile fuel in a ‘borrowed’ ship from Lando (Donald Grover).
Alden Ehrenreich convincingly plays the role of young Solo and manages to get into the skin of the cocky yet cool character played by Harrison Ford in the Star Wars franchise. The movie is not just focused on Solo as the supporting cast, including Qi’ra, Beckett and Val (Thandie Newton), get ample scope to pull their weight through the movie.
Screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan had quite a task of filling up the formative details of Solo in the first half of the film, but the duo has snuck in some interesting twists through the course of film that adds in elements of adventure. Though there is plenty of CGI and special effects involved, the movie uses it sensibly. A major disappointment is the cinematography by Arrival fame Bradford Young, where he uses shades of brown, lending a dim and glum tone in certain sequences, that do not necessarily need to.
Donald Grover steals the show with his portrayal of the young Lando and Billy Dee Williams’ suave, can-make-it-work attitude is quite infectious. A landmark scene in the movie is when the cranky droid L3 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) does a full throat cry shouting “rebellion,” while Solo and his team load the rare fuel into the Millennium Falcon.
We cannot expect a The Last Jedi in Solo: A Star Wars Story as the movie is saddled with younger versions of the beloved characters and criticisms are bound to come. Director Ron Howard has brought in a talented young cast that turns in strong performances. The film is aimed at capturing the younger audiences with its fast-paced storyline. Though Solo doesn’t have a solid storyline unlike its predecessors, it’s definitely a worthy addition to the Star Wars franchise.