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Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review by Ms.

Written by RealMsH

Disclaimer:  The views expressed here are mine alone and do not represent those of

Introduction to Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie Review by Ms. H

After months of rumors about this particular Star Wars movie, it has finally been released in movie theaters. You may be wondering if you should watch this movie in the theater, or if you should wait for Solo: A Star Wars Story to go to DVD or become available on streaming online services.  My movie review will help you make this decision.

Plot of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

From my viewpoint, it was difficult to identify exactly if Han Solo was a good guy, a bad guy or someone in between.  We all know that to take something that does not belong to you and give it to someone else for a price is not what a good guy would do.  But then you have to ask yourself if this is really the plot of the movie. Or did the movie plot involve Han Solo returning to his romantic interest after being away for some time.  Maybe the plot was for Han Solo to become the pilot he always wanted to be. Your guess is as good as mine regarding the answer to these questions. I think the movie could have been easier to follow if there was a main plot, rather than a lot of “mini” subplots.

Acting Abilities of the Actors in Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

I think that for the most part, the actors did an adequate job performing their roles in the movie.  I don’t consider this a spoiler when I say that there are no big emotional scenes between any of the characters or any other actions that would warrant Oscar buzz or recognition.  

Highlights of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

Without spoiling the movie for you, there are several highlights in Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Among these highlights are discovering how Han Solo got his name, how he met his friend, Chewbacca as well as how he became a pilot of the Millennium Falcon. Of course there were other highlights, but these stood out for me.

Predictability of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

There are several scenes in the movie that you will probably know what will happen next.  The writer/director may try to mislead you about certain happenings in the movie to drum up suspense; however, you will probably not be surprised with what occurs in this movie.

Pros of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

Some of the pros include there are a number of action scenes in the movie that will probably keep your interest. Additionally, Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover were good choices to play Han Solo and Lando Calrissian respectively. Both played their characters as pals with no ill-feelings toward each other.

If you watch this movie, you may get some “old school” vibes that might remind you of earlier Star Wars movies -- i.e., Star Wars: Episode IV -  A New Hope. This is due in part to the lighting used for the movie that gives a nostalgic look to some of the scenes. A plus for this movie is it is rated PG-13 so just about the whole family can see the movie, including small children if they are with their parents.

Another pro is you do not have to pay anything additional if you use MovePass to see Solo: A Star Wars Story movie.  Sometimes If a movie is popular, MoviePass requires you to pay a small amount out of your pocket, such as $1.50. This is not the case for Solo: A Star Wars Story.

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Cons of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

In addition to the ambiguity of the plot as well as the predictability of the movie, a major con of Solo: A Star Wars Story movie is the timing of the release of the movie.  As you know, in the movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens that was releasaed in 2015, Harrison Ford as Han Solo met his demise. When I watched Alden Ehrenreich as the younger Han Solo, I could not help but think of the sad events that happen to his character in the aforementioned movie.

Another con was the impression I got that Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian was trying to emulate this character as played by Billie Dee Williams from the earlier Star Wars movie -- which I think was unnecessary. All he had to do was to act out his role as the character of Lando Clarrisman instead of trying to mimic Billie Dee Williams.

Another con of the movie is the low-key character Qui’ra. I think the wardrobe staff could have done a better job designing outfits and dressing Emilia Clarke who played Qui’ra. Her character, in my opinion was sort of bland.  She did have a few fight scenes that also did not stand out to me.

Assessment of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

The above being said, I think Solo: A Star Wars Story movie is one that is worth seeing even though there is no need to rush out to see it.  Unlike other movies that have a high interest factor such as Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War, this movie in my opinion was just ok -- not mind-boggling. It could be that Han Solo’s character is not as interesting as those that follow him in other Star Wars movies such as Princess Leia, Anakin, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader and other members of the Star Wars saga. However, the movie holds its own somewhat in entertainment value -- especially if you are a Star Wars fan.

Rating of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie

Based on a rating of 1 to 5 stars with 5 stars being the best, I rate Solo: A Star Wars Story 3 ¼ stars.

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