Movie Review – Solo: A Star Wars Story




Remember the Star Wars Extended Universe books, now known as Legends? If you adore those, you’d probably love Solo: A Star Wars Story.


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Snappy Movie Review | Solo: A Star Wars Story

Solo: A Star Wars Story Synopsis

This franchise spin-off takes place in the early years of the Galactic Rebellion and answers several questions fans have been wondering for years. How did Han Solo and Chewbacca meet? What was their biggest heist? Did Han cheat during that infamous Sarbacc game with Lando, from which he won the Millennium Falcon?

What were Han’s involvemenst with the Rebellion prior to meeting Obi-wan and Luke? Most important of all, was Leia Organa Han’s one and only love? Surely a swashbuckling scoundrel like him couldn’t just have one love!

Snappy Review

In some of my previous posts, I might have come across as somewhat of a hard-core Star Wars fan. Well, I’m not. While I do love the movies and I’m confident of my familiarity with the franchise, I don’t participate in cosplay events, collect the lifestyle items, or attend fandom events. Heck, I don’t even play the SW games, acclaimed as some of them are.

This has to do with those Extended Universe books, nowadays known as Legends. (Hopefully, un-legended eventually) I’m not saying all are unbearable, but work through enough of them and I’d be surprised if you don’t notice how derivative and repetitive they are. Inevitably, the stories always stand on incessant extrapolations of characters and places, or dialogue from the movies, particularly the original trilogy. Worse, many of these books systematically developed and enshrined a cycle of birth, celebration and murder. Some character is introduced. The awesomeness of this character stuns the galaxy. And then the character is killed. Unceremoniously snuffed for the sake of another book or to conform to the events of the movies.

But, this is a movie review about Solo: A Star Wars Story, isn’t it? I ought to get back to it … or have I already? This latest franchise milking gaiden plays and feels exactly like an Extended Universe book. It is a cinematic representation of that recipe that relies wholly on fans hungry for more and more, and more, from the main episodes.

But, this is a movie review about Solo: A Star Wars Story, isn’t it? I ought to get back to it … or have I already? This latest franchise milking gaiden plays and feels exactly like an Extended Universe book. It is a cinematic representation of that recipe that relies wholly on fans hungry for more and more, and more, from the main episodes.

Given the financial wealth of the production, visual effects are undoubtedly slick and kick-ass throughout, but strip away that and there’s seriously little else left. It doesn’t help too that performances are generally lacklustre; sorry, I don’t feel Alden Ehrenreich or even Donald Glover growing the classic characters. In fact, I felt both Ehrenreich and Glover were working too hard to conform. Which is ironical, given Han’s well-known personality in the original trilogy.



Finally, there’s the curious absence of the Force in this spin-off. Yes, I know this is a backstory for Han Solo. Episode IV clearly stated him to be a disbeliever too. Still, isn’t it odd the juice of the franchise is entirely missing? Or, OMG, is that a hint of the story for the next spin-off?!


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