Nicolò Grasso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Original Title: Solo: A Star Wars Story
Year of Release: 2018
Genres: Sci-Fi; Adventure; Crime
Director: Ron Howard
Writer: Jonathan & Lawrence Kasdan
Main Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover
Going into Solo: A Star Wars Story, expectations were incredibly low. Part of it is the increasing sickness and boredom I get from these blockbusters, and part of it are the disastrous behind-the-scenes shenanigans that happened (mainly, the original director duo of Phil Lord and Christopher Miller being replaced with Ron Howard). While I entered the theater with a grim face, bracing myself for the worst, I came out of that dark and smelly room with a big old smile on my face.
I am just as surprised as you guys that I ended up really enjoying this film. While the film does not excel in any aspect, it is a surprisingly enjoyable sci-fi adventure, and in a year filled with bloated productions, “enjoyable” feels oh so fresh. The father-son screenwriting duo of the Kasdans manages to craft a story that is very simple, effective, and straight to the point. While there are plenty of references, cameos, and nods to previous films and to Han Solo’s legacy, they are (mostly) played with little fanfare, without slowing the action down for a wink to the fans. It is also a very episodic film, going from set-piece to set-piece, making for a fun adventure that barely ties in to the bigger picture of the Star Wars films, giving me new hope (pun not intended) for the upcoming spin-offs.
Visual Effects: 8.5
Violence & Gore: 7
Sex & Nudity: 3.5
Drugs & Profanity: 3
Intensity & Horror: 5