Solo Review

Will Olsen, Staff Writer

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The Star Wars franchise is a gold mine for Disney as they are making movies to add to the story and spinoffs to fill in holes of questions that have been asked. This has been very successful since they made Star Wars: The Force Awakens revamping the franchise, there has been 3 movies.

Disney just released the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story, following the early life of the hero Han Solo. It gives him his origin story the one that everyone is interested in, which recaps the reason that he got into the life of a smuggler. It shows young Han full of confidence without a care in the world.

When the movie starts it starts with Han as an oppressed orphan who has already gotten into trouble with the wrong people. He can pilot anything in the galaxy as good or better than anyone in the galaxy and he is ready to show this through any mean necessary, which takes the future rebellion leader on an interesting path. That path is vital showing as it leads to him meeting his future best friend and co pilot the Wookie Chewbacca. The movie shows the beginning of the path that leads these vital characters through the rest of the series.

During the making of the movie there were troubles coming in the form of disagreements between the directors and others in the production. This lead to the switching of directors from Phil Lord and Chris Miller to Ron Howard. Since he was switching into a job that was already half way done Howard seemed like he was left out to dry.

He didn’t do any of the set up for the movie, so he wasn’t exactly sure what he was working with. He brought ended up bringing in someone to consult about the acting of Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo) which came to the press as through Ehrenreich was being given acting lessons.

All this chaos led to uncertainty in fans, they were once excited for the movie and now they didn’t know what they could expect from it. Even with all this Howard and his cast pulled off a great movie even for Star Wars standards. In young Han and Lando (Donald Glover) you could see their personalities and rivalry that is shown in later films begin to form.

Throughout the movie there are very cool action scenes but as we all know with action comes violence. There is not much blood through all of it but a lot of shooting and someone gets stabbed here and there. It would not be appropriate for a small child, but it is on the milder end of the spectrum when it comes to the violence.

From all the chaos I think that Howard was able to make a masterpiece with the help of actors such as Ehrenreich and Glover who really portrayed the characters as they were portrayed in earlier films. There are some little things along the for those who love Star Wars and have watched all the movies and series involved in it, and if you haven’t then you will love the movie as well.

 

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