Solo: A Star Wars Story is a crazy fun train ride going downhill without brakes. I was floored by how well done it was, with all the drama that went into making it. The biggest and best highlight of the film was that Joonas Suotamo brought Chewbacca to a whole new level further the gritty yet grounded character who only has grunts for lines and by making the audience feel for him.
Alden Ehrenreich is such a great actor and just a ball of charisma. I was so delighted with his performance. He was Han Solo. Let’s, face it. This was Han before Han was a colder, war worn, screwed over old man. Alden didn’t have to match Harrison. He had to match the idea brought forth by the Kasdan’s and Ron Howard as to what a younger Han would be and he did that beautifully.
Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Paul Bettany play their parts so well. I was glad to finally get a pure adventure out of a Star Wars picture since The Force Awakens. The heist angle plays out in a way that you owe it to yourself to see. I mean that. If you are a Star Wars fan that watches, and reads everything Star Wars you need to watch Solo: A Star Wars Story.
I am happy that the drama surrounding this film didn’t torpedo it. That was my fear as well as the fear of so many other fans. To get a film that furthers the lore in such a creative and fun way is all I wanted. I give Solo: A Star Wars Story a 4.2 out of 5.