Lamar reviews - Solo

June 1, 2018


Make no mistake Harrison Ford is Hans Solo and he always will be.  Trying to go behind him and play that character is more than a herculean task, it’s virtually impossible.  To have any chance of enjoying this movie the first thing you have to do is put Harrison Ford out of your mind.  Alden Ehrenreich who plays Solo is not necessarily at fault.  I didn’t hate him.  He did the best he could in a no win situation.  Could some other actor have done a better job?  We’ll never know.  What we do know is that Donald Glover absolutely crushed the part of Lando Calrissian.  He did Billy Dee Williams proud and stole every scene he’s in.  Woody Harrelson was ok but nothing special as Beckett, Solo’s mentor at being a rogue.  Thandie Newton is wasted as one of Becket’s cohorts.  Another bright spot is Paul Bettany as bad guy Dryden Vos but he doesn’t get near enough screen time.  Solo’s love interest Qi’ra is played by Emilia Clark.


This movie is set 10 to 12 years before A New Hope.  We find Solo running from people he has scammed money off of. 

He’s trying to get enough money to get him and Qi’ra out of a bad situation so they can have a better life.  The one thing he knows for sure is that he plans on being the best pilot in the galaxy.  Along the way he gets caught up fighting in the Imperial Army where he meets Beckett and Chewbacca.  We follow his adventures as he walks the balance between scoundrel and an honorable man.


There was a lot of problems making this film.  The original directors were fired when they were almost through with the photography and Ron Howard was brought in to replace them.  He reshot 80% of the scenes.  So the Solo we get is not the original Solo that was shot but I’m pretty sure Ron Howard has demonstrated over the years that Opie knows his stuff.


The action and special effects are all spot on.  Because of scheduling I watched it in 3D.  Don’t do it.  I can’t remember one thing that even hinted to me I was watching 3D except for the overall darkness of the screen.  But let’s be honest the best thing about these movies is knowing how this plays out down the road. 

Watching Solo meet Chewbacca for the first time and realizing they have no idea of how close they will become is pretty cool.


Its 2 hours and 15 minutes long, Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action/violence.


Let’s be honest, these movies are being made to cash in on the Star Wars name.  Of course the studio is going to do it, who wouldn’t.  But as they are cashing in they are not making crap movies.  Now if you sleep in Chewbacca footie PJs, you eat your cereal out of a Millennial Falcon bowl, and brush your teeth with a light sabre toothbrush you are going to be super critical.  But let’s be honest, you’re still going to see it.


I like Star Wars but I’m not a diehard fan that can name them in order.  I really enjoyed it and have no complaints.  And honestly this movie can stand on its own if you have never seen a Star Wars movie.


My Score: 4 Budweisers      

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