jumpwalker’s review published on Letterboxd:
I’ve got a good feeling about this.
- Han Solo
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, when Han Solo still had good feelings about this and that…
A STAR WARS movie without an opening crawl? Well, I call this a new hope for sure!
Let’s be honest: Han Solo is a light character who has his heart in the right place. Why should this movie not follow exactly that path? Han Solo embodies a light lifestyle. He is a scoundrel in the best sense of the word. A hothead, who first plunges into an adventure with a wink of an eye and only then slowly begins to develop bad feelings about it. You forgive a guy like him almost everything. Therefore it is only logical that, like the portrayed character, the movie does not follow a strict plot or a clear direction. Solo’s early years are like a roller coaster ride. And the movie accompanies him. It is as simple as that.
Now and then Alden Ehrenreich and Emilia Clarke are criticized for lack of acting qualities. The chemistry between the two works very well. And that counts most of all (and the true lovers are Han and Chewbacca anyway). With the only exception of Sir Alec Guinness, there were also no actors of epic proportions in A NEW HOPE. And we should be aware that Harrison Ford neither portray Han Solo nor Indiana Jones, but always played Harrison Ford.
I consider the first spin-off ROGUE ONE to be a nearly perfect STAR WARS movie. It has revived the good old spirit and the atmosphere of the original trilogy. In this case SOLO is a little further away. But the movie fills an important gap that has existed so far. Han Solo was the only main character whose past has been left in the dark. This past is now revealed. And it turns out that Ehrenreich's the young image of Han Solo who will rock the Galactic Empire in years to come. SOLO fits perfectly into the franchise!