Solo: A Star Wars Story Review
by E. Stevens
“Even though Han Solo is the hero of the film, I actually thought Calrissian was a much more likeable and fun character, despite being dishonest and untrustworthy.”
Director: Ron Howard
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke & Donald Glover
Synopsis: Empire deserter Han Solo falls in with thieves attempting a dangerous heist to steal valuable hyperfuel, and the people he meets on the way change his life forever.
Although Solo is not one of the best Star Wars films, as well as being slightly unnecessary, it is an interesting story about one of the franchise’s best characters.
Han Solo’s story begins with his escape from the planet Corellia. Joined by Qi’ra, he plans to bribe the Imperial guards with stolen fuel, the extremely valuable coaxium. Solo manages to make it on board the transportation, but Qi’ra is captured and taken away by guards. Han is desperate to come back and find her with his own ship. Whilst working as a soldier, he encounters a group of thieves posing as commanders of the imperial army. After helping an enslaved Wookiee to escape with him, Han convinces the thieves to let them join the gang. They plot to steal a vast shipment of coaxium, however the plan goes horribly wrong when a band of pirates arrive as two of the group are killed and the coaxium is destroyed. Apart from Han and Chewbacca, the only surviving member of the group is ringleader Tobias Beckett. Beckett is furious at Han for destroying the coaxium, as they were hired by the sinister Crimson Dawn syndicate to deliver the hyperfuel. To avoid being killed by the head of Crimson Dawn, Han, Chewbacca and Beckett must steal another shipment of coaxium, but this time it is dangerously unrefined. However, when they run back into Qi’ra at the Crimson Dawn headquarters, Han must decide if she is still the girl he grew up with.
One aspect of the movie that I loved was the character of Lando Calrissian. Even though Han Solo is the hero of the film, I actually thought Calrissian was a much more likeable and fun character, despite being dishonest and untrustworthy. Ehrenreich’s portrayal of Han Solo was decent, and did capture the original spirit of the character, however I felt that it didn’t quite live up to Harrison Ford’s iconic acting, which is understandable. Apart from this, the film was action-packed and fast-paced, but the plot near the end was slightly confusing. Han’s plan to swap the coaxium was clever and this part made sense, but the motivations of Qi’ra just didn’t. The entire film she had essentially been on Han’s side, although there was an inkling that something was wrong. However by the end, she seemed to switch sides every minute before abruptly deciding to abandon Han, which he just seemed to accept. Overall though, this film is a fun backstory to one of Star Wars’ most iconic characters.
Solo is currently available on Disney + and was rated 12A by the BBFC.