Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) – The Odds

Do you know who hates “Star Wars”? Their fans. And do you know who likes “Star Wars”? Their fans too. It’s up to us to say what. Whether your opinion was bad about “Star Wars” or not, no one gives a damn. Whether you choose Luke Skywalker or Han Solo as your favorite character, there was no denying. You also like “Star Wars”. Maybe, you hate “Star Wars” too. And you know what we love about them? It’s because of the likable characters, the characters we have grown up from the original until the Disney generation. One of them probably and the one we like the most is Han Solo.

Han Solo is cool, He is funny, great at shooting and flying planes, but also arrogant. Something great in how Lucas wrote this character. With the more expanded universe, Han Solo is just a normal guy who loves adventure. Han isn’t a Jedi nor whatever. He is just like Rey, before becoming a bounty hunter, was just a scavenger. But, seeing him with his furry partner, Chewbacca, it’s one of the most charming moments you have ever seen.

George Lucas intended from the beginning if he wanted to kill the Han Solo character in “Return of the Jedi“. In the movie, Han Solo doesn’t have many roles besides it’s a story about Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader. Of course, he has a lot of cool moments where Han Solo has his stage. It’s including “The Empire Strikes Back” too. However, elite studios who have the right to retell dead characters is a hard thing to do. And after that, the internet act again. Ron Howard received a final credit as a director who showed the story of Han Solo before “A New Hope“. It’s before everything began.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is an exciting movie. There are so many chases with futuristic vehicles and others. We know the fact that there is no Jedi. Except, this movie switches from action-packed to an easter egg movie. To be honest, why do we have to find out more about Han Solo’s background? After we grew up with this character for so long, why just now? We don’t have to know how Han Solo and Chewbacca became friends. We don’t need to know where Han Solo got the Millennium Falcon. And we also don’t need to know the beginning of Han’s meeting with Lando. So, how come if it just a matter?

Han Solo, besides being funny, great, cunning, and charming, has an attitude that likes to be annoyed and incompetent. Han Solo is arguably quite fierce. We know how his background image as the main character was. We exactly know how his character was. It’s been there from the two trilogies. But also, Han Solo has a bit of complexity and it’s very difficult for him to describe himself. We know he prefers to relax and do things in his way. He never depends on other people’s plans. Yes, I know that Han Solo here still has a mentor. He needs to learn for himself how the universe works. He is still easy and needs a process to become the Han Solo we know so far.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is flat. As a comedy too, there is nothing to talk about besides it’s a movie about the grumpy Han Solo. Han was under the auspices of a gang of bandits in an underground city. In this movie, he prefers to trust himself and improvise. He never obeyed orders. And this is the main point of Han’s character at the beginning of the film. In the end, Han Solo believed more in luck. And that’s what I love about Han. This movie isn’t necessary to need to associate itself again to the original. Unfortunately, there is no redeeming quality to it.

I don’t want to make a comparison in this film. If I do, it’s Harrison Ford who took the crown. The movie didn’t provide enough room for Alden Ehrenreich. He is just a character and not Han Solo. Han Solo’s interactions with other characters are also a limit. He also has a relationship with women from his childhood. Turns out, she becomes one of the most important elements in the sequel. And there is Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover. Both of them are the most interesting actors in this film. And that’s all I think.

I don’t have any expectations for this movie and I think everyone knows what will happen to this movie. It’s not like this movie is bad. You have to give it credit before you judge it if this is another cash-grab movie or something. The movie has a magnificent visual effect like the train sequence. It’s just that, we don’t have anything to talk about with this movie. Without traveling much or else, the existence of this film was very, very forgettable. People then just leave as far as I know.

2.5 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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