Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★½

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I went into Solo with extremely low expectations. The more I thought about the production rumors, issues, budget increases, then lukewarm reviews, it all felt like it would result in disaster. Instead, I actually got a really enjoyable standalone movie that similar to Rogue One, cannot be compared to the episodic movies as it's a separate journey with different stakes.

Alden Ehrenreich has the toughest job in the world. He can't do a Harrison Ford impersonation, and he can't do his own thing fully either. Ehrenreich gave a charismatic performance that served the role well. Emilia Clarke's character was far more important than I expected and she brought an emotional core.

Donald Glover's Lando had the same suave and swagger of Billy Dee Williams and I hope we get more of him soon. Woody Harrelson was basically Woody Harrelson for 2 hours. The best part of this movie is Han and Chewie's relationship. It's just as magical as the originals and the potential future sequels should focus on this more.

For what felt like a low-brow movie, they had some brilliant set pieces. The first in the snow is one of the best and most unique action sequences this universe had. The iconic Parsec run was also exhilarating with the entire crew on ship giving it an extra boost. The finale is predictably unpredictable with one too many "a-ha" moments and twists and turns.

It moves really well and avoids the drag that I felt in Rogue One. You truly do get relatable, charismatic and lively characters with fun moments. It didn't take any risks and played it safe, so there's a pretty low bar that can't be exceeded. Similar to Justice League, it was fixed up and made simply not to fail rather than to succeed.

Any other flaws I had were involving spoilers and a couple villains. Otherwise, Solo is a really fun ride if you keep your expectations in check and understand its goal.

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