Flash Movie Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story
IT WAS AT LEAST FOR 8 weeks I kept hearing about this recipe I was told I had to use for an upcoming dinner party. This all started in a conversation I was having with a friend. I mentioned I was having a couple of people over for dinner and she told me I needed to try a recipe she had made many times. All I told her was I would let her know once I figured out the details for the dinner. By the time I got home later that day she had already emailed me the recipe, repeating all the compliments she had told me she had gotten from making this chicken dish. I printed out the recipe and placed it with the other ones I was considering. Would you believe the next day I received a follow up email from her, asking what I thought about her recipe? I could only imagine what she felt when I replied I hadn’t looked it over yet; it was weeks away still before I had to make a decision on what I wanted to serve. You would have thought that would have been enough for her to let go of this for a while, but it did not. UP UNTIL THE DAY I NAILED down the things I wanted to make for the dinner party, I kept hearing about all the wonderful compliments my friend had gotten on this easy dish. When I finally looked over the list of ingredients, I had to admit the chicken dish sounded good. How could it be bad with items like honey and barbeque sauce in the recipe? When I told my friend, I was going to make her dish, you should have heard the glee in her voice; you would have thought I had just signed a multi-million deal with her. It was pretty funny. From all the things she had said and my own expectations, the day of the dinner party I was excited to cook and serve her chicken dish. As she stated it was not hard to make and the assortment of spices mixed together formed a wonderful aroma throughout the house. As the guests began to arrive they too noticed the wonderful smells coming out of the kitchen. When we were all seated and everyone was served I tasted the chicken dish. I was disappointed with it. There was something about the texture that was unappealing to me, as if all the ingredients did not thoroughly combine. My disappointment in this dish was similar to my disappointment in this action, adventure fantasy story. DELVING INTO THE CRIMINAL WORLD IS where a young Han Solo, played by Alden Ehrenreich (Beautiful Creatures, Rules Don’t Apply), discovered his true talents, besides making new friends. This offshoot adventure story to the Star Wars franchise also starred Woody Harrelson (Shock and Awe, War for the Planet of the Apes) as Beckett, Emilia Clarke (Terminator Genisys, Game of Thrones-TV) as Qi’ra and Donald Glover (The Martian, Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Lando Cairissian. Everything was in place here to create a thrilling, exciting story. However, none of it reached the epic proportions it needed to carry off this story. There was little chemistry between Alden and Emilia, which I believe failed due to Alden. Because most people are familiar with the older Han, one needed to have an actor who could display the emerging traits Harrison Ford brought into the character. Also with bringing in Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, In the Heart of the Sea) after dismissing the first director, I felt he was not the best choice to give this movie the spunk it needed to engage all viewers. Yes, I am a big fan of Star Wars; but I thought this picture was a misfire. My memories of the previous films allowed me to enjoy this movie; but I just did not go wild over it.
2 ¾ stars
Posted on May 29, 2018, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged 2 3/4 stars, action adventure, alden ehrenreich, donald glover, emilia clarke, fantasy, paul bettany, ron howard, star wars, woody harrelson. Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.
Despite being a SW fan, I’ve not yet seen this movie. My husband, however, went to see it with a friend. He reckoned it was an entertaining, fun, enjoyable movie – but it just wasn’t a proper Star Wars movie. He would have much preferred that these side narrative SW movies concentrated on previously unknown characters from the galaxy far away and not ones with whom we are familiar. He’s, therefore, not happy with the news that the next movie will be dedicated to Boba Fett.
Good description Laura, it was entertaining but nothing at all special. Thanks for giving us his thoughts.
I’ve heard that same response from others.
So did I after reviewing the film.
I love the way you wrote this. I made your feelings very clear. I want to see it, but feel certain it will be underwhelming. Don’t you think Chris Pratt would have been a better Han Solo?
Hi Cynthia, I think your suggestion is wonderful. The character needed more snarkiness which Chris could have pulled off. Thanks for the comments.
Thank you! As a playwright, casting is one of my strengths.
You must do quite well then. Thanks for letting me know, I appreciate it.
I can’t agree with you more on this one. Alden is not a bad actor, but he was playing opposite a more seasoned cast. My hubby noticed that there were stolen elements from other films such as the train scene which was reminiscent of one in Firefly.
Alden got the mannerisms of the earlier Solo but reminded me more of DiCaprio and lacked the charisma/mischievousness Ford brought to the character, though he did try. What I noticed though, is that none of the actors appeared committed to their roles. I think you brought that out. There didn’t appear to be any connection with any one of them. They played their parts, but it was like they were acting alone. I’m sure there’s a story behind all that.
Great point about a possible story on why no one connected. I have not heard anything yet. Thank you for the comments as always.