Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★★

Solo held up surprisingly well, in fact I enjoyed it more this time than I did in the theater. I don't have much to add to my first review, but I'd like to praise Alden Ehrenreich's performance a little more. For the most part he's more convincing as Han than he had any right to be, he embodies the essence of the character splendidly. Except for one thing. The young Harrison Ford had this subliminal mean streak in his face, that gave his characters a slight harshness. I don't think it was a conscious effort on his behalf, it was just there. But it's a trait Ehrenreich simply does not possess. Given that Solo is set a decade before we first meet the Han we know, I'm willing to let it slide.

While I think that the story told is of little significance to the understanding of our protagonist, I'd be lying to say I wasn't a tiny bit disappointed by the poor box office results (in relation to its budget), because in all likelihood we won't get to see the teased sequel. Disappointed not because I'm such a big Star Wars fan, but because I simply like movies like this. That said, I believe Lucasfilm made the right call to reevaluate their approach to future projects. Maybe the Boba Fett movie would've been good, but the idea of giving such a marginal character its own film seemed weird to me. I'm all for broadening the Star Wars universe, but enough with the nostalgia. Create new stories with new characters. If they're good, people will turn up. That's the point Lucasfilm should take away from Marvel's success, not churning out a new movie every six month.

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