Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

2018 | PG-13 | 135 Minutes

Action | Adventure | Science Fiction

Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and encounters the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian.

Overall Rating

6 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • "Solo: A Star Wars Story" may have been doomed to fail from the beginning. Prequels, in general, are tricky propositions. The entire concept is intended to shed new light on existing characters while also providing extensive back story. This is difficult to pull off with films possessing a large fan base, but pulling it off transforms into a literal herculean effort when it comes "Star Wars" fans. While a small part of the difficulty lies in the 41-years the characters have existed in the minds of fans, the other, larger hurdle is the increasingly loud section of the fan base that possesses great disdain for the sci-fi franchise they adore. Add in some behind-the-scenes controversy involving the ouster of the initial directors deep into shooting and you’ve got yourself an absolutely unpredictable and volatile situation. In the end, "Solo" grossed over $392 million globally – compared to "The Last Jedi"‘s $1.3 billion+ – with many pointing to all the problems mentioned above. But, what if, in minding the behind the scenes, real world issues, audiences missed out on a film that got back to the core tenants of the original franchise and on an opportunity to see a straight popcorn “space western” adventure that just so happens to involve four of the most beloved icons in all of science fiction.

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