Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★½

The origin story of Han Solo: from petty thief on his home planet of Corellia, to one of the best pilots and smugglers in the galaxy.

Let's make this clear from the beginning: close your ears to all the vitriol and hate spewed by disgruntled Star Wars fans. "Solo" is a perfectly fine summer flick, full of adventure, excitement, and fun characters. It won't make anyone forget the original trilogy, but then again how many movies have achieved that feat?
Despite its troubled history, "Solo" is very smooth and slick. Props must be given to Ron Howard whose steady hand at the helm is obvious. He may not have the skills of a Spielberg or a Cameron, but he knows how to make a good film that will deliver the thrills and laughs an average moviegoer expects from this kind of production. That said, some scenes run for much longer than they should (Kessel Run), the cinematography is unnecessarily dark during the first act (the same problem "Rogue One" had), and Han's romance with Qi'ra is forced and unconvincing.

Alden Ehrenreich has the unenviable task of playing a character that has been identified in the public conscience with a screen legend like Harrison Ford. He succeeds because instead of mimicking Ford's performance he presents a new version of his own. The supporting cast is pretty great too (with Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca constantly stealing scenes) with the glaring exception of Emilia Clarke (the fact that she even has a career baffles me).

It's unfortunate that "Solo" seems to have fallen victim of a divided fandom and unfavorable coverage due to the on-set turmoil. As I mentioned, it's a more than respectable piece of entertainment that will appeal even to those with only casual knowledge of the Star Wars universe.

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