Presently, Solo isn't looking too good at the box office. This is due to the fact it is a production with a severely overinflated budget and a lot of reshoots. Basically, the movie cost $300 million dollars to make and it probably won't get that back, making it the only Star Wars movie which might actually bomb.
|Who doesn't want to be Han Solo?|
I'm one of the people who found Rogue One to be a film I didn't much care for and I am a huge fan of The Force Awakens. So, I march to the beat of my own drum in fandom. Here, I think this is the Solo movie I wanted. Mind you, I wasn't actually expecting to like it because I already thought there was a young Han Solo movie which was perfectly serviceable--it was called Guardians of the Galaxy.
The premise is Han and his friend Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) are thieves living on Corellia when Han is able to escape off-planet but not her. After a brief but unpleasant period of service in the Imperial Army, Han ends up deserting and joining a ragtag band of misfits. This leads him to reunite with Qi'ra, meet with Chewbacca, and become acquainted with Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover). The group decides to steal a massive shipment of hyperspace fuel on behalf of a gangster and things promptly go to hell.
|Emilia Clarke is absolutely awesome in this movie.|
Indeed, one of the consistent elements of Han Solo is the fact that he always tends to choose doing the right thing over making a profit and that is always going to be a thing that goes over like a lead balloon with the Underworld. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed the colorful cast of characters assembled for this film and how they all played off against one another.
|Donald Glover does an amazing Lando.|
We get to see a lot of Han Solo's epic moments: serving the Empire, freeing Chewbacca, winning the Falcon, making the Kessel Run, and so on all happen in what amounts to a single wild weekend. This kind of story compression isn't really my cup of tea but certainly manages to hit the kind of things people would want from a Han Solo movie.
I really enjoyed Alden Ehrenreich's performance as Han Solo even if I note I've already seen plenty of other people play variants on Han's character (Chris Pine, Nathan Fillon, Val Kilmer, and so on). Is he Harrison Ford? No, of course not, but I've got no complaints about him either. Young Han the Lovable Rogue is a character who can be recast I think a little easier than trying to do the same with Leia or Luke Skywalker. After all, I absolutely loved Sean Patrick Flannery as Young Indiana Jones.
|The droid which will kill us all!|
Han Solo is makes her a good contrast to Leia.
The issue of droid rights is briefly touched upon in this movie and played for laughs. Personally, I'm a bit offput by that as I think that's a can of worms which Star Wars doesn't need to touch on. Either droids are programmable to be happy to serve like 3PO demonstrates himself to be or they're sentient, in which case it's slavery. Personally, I'm inclined to think only a very small number of droids are sentient. I also hope R2D2 backed up 3PO's memories from the Prequels somewhere.
There's a surprise addition to the movie in terms of a bad guy who I think will confuse most audiences rather than make them squeal. I don't know if they're going to make a sequel to this movie but if they are, it'll be interesting how they follow up on it.
If there's any flaws with the movie, it's the fact this is thoroughly unnecessary as a prequel. Nothing of consequence happens in this film which wasn't already covered in backstory and it doesn't give us that much of an insight into Han's character. Arguably, it just doubles down on the fact he always was a Rebel sympathizer and his cynicism is a thin veneer for a big old softie. Really, that should be Chewbacca's role. Still, as shameless popcorn fiction, I've seen much-much worse. People should just go and have fun with this one.