Han Solo Reviews Are Here And We Just Wish These Are Untrue.

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It's only been five months since Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, but we already have a new movie set in a galaxy far, far away to tide us over for the summer theatrical season. Like 2016's Rogue One, Solo: A Star Wars Story is a standalone adventure chronicling Han Solo trying to establish his reputation as a smuggler a decade before the events of A New Hope. Solo dealt with a troubled production, as directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departed during principal photography due to creative differences, and Ron Howard was brought aboard as their replacement. Reviews are now in that seem to shine a more mixed light on the latest Star Wars movie compared to its immediate predecessors.

Here's what the Critics are Saying-

If the entirety were as charming and unexpectedly haunting as the friendship between Han and Chewie, Solo might've been a classic. As is, it’s a frictionless trip down memory lane. 

         RogerEbert - Matt Zoller Seitz - 2.5/4

Only a glimmer of the hardassed charmer that Harrison Ford immortalised finds its way into this episode. Howard and the Kasdans play the series game without ever raising the stakes, defaulting to dull and dutiful when they might have blasted off into creative anarchy

       Rolling Stone - Peter Travers - 2.5/4

one of the greatest pleasures of the film is how it digs into the slow evolution of Han’s lifelong taste for rebellion, one that will eventually lead him to become part of a collective resistance. For now, he’s a lone gun, but Solo ably lays out how and why that might change. We may know where he ends up, but for now, we can’t wait to see where he goes next.

     IndieWire - Kate Erbland - B+

Solo: A Star Wars Story reshuffles the accepted component myth-parts in a way that some find overfamiliar: there are desert scenes, weirdo cabaret acts. But I found it purely lovable. With Howard at the controls, the movie is a fun-fuelled entertainment.

    The Guardian - Peter Bradshaw - 4/5

 

 

Han Solo's first adventure feels like a fun side story, but lacks the depth and epic feel of the Skywalker tales.The box-ticking approach to filling out Han Solo’s backstory is distinctly unimaginative.

Alden Ehrenreich disappoints as Han Solo and he wears that smirk throughout the Story, and in doing so turns Han Solo into a guy who is just this side of insufferable.

Look, Han’s defining characteristic in the original “Star Wars” movie, now rebranded as “Episode IV — A New Hope,” is arrogance. Harrison Ford projected it, and in “Solo,” the tale of how young Han became the legendary Han, it oozes from every pore of Ehrenreich’s performance.

Han Solo is a hero and a roguish figure in the original trilogy, and Solo is here to explain all the things you never really wondered about him, such as why is his last name Solo, and how do you do the Kessel run in 12 parsecs?

Solo is Han’s story, without any insight into his character, Han’s character never changes, but he does at least get to be a pilot.What i personally feel is "Solo could have been so, so much better" but that’s not really what frustrated me about Solo. Though it doesn’t serve up anything terribly revealing or mind-blowing for fans, it’s not really trying to. It’s a passably fun time at the movies and a giant ATM in the sky for Lucasfilm and Disney. Solo’s box-ticking approach to filling out the character’s backstory is distinctly unimaginative, and little in the film expands the universe in any way. And its winks to the main series of films lack even the excitement of the fan service in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, which at least feel like they were made by people who grew up inventing new Star Wars stories in the backyard with action figures and reading comics all day long

That isn’t to say Solo is a bad movie. But it’s not a particularly good one either. It slots neatly into the time-honored summer blockbuster category of “aggressively fine”: competent, lightly funny, ably performed by a handsome cast, and unlikely to inspire anything more than a “well, that was fun!” on the way out of the theater.

 


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