Solo: A Star Wars Story

I mentioned Solo: A Star Wars Story, and how much I loved it, in the context of another post lamenting that no one seems to want to talk about the actual Star Wars movies themselves.

And so, I decided I’d take the easy way today and share the review of Solo: A Star Wars Story I wrote over on letterboxd. Just offering my own two cents, as it were. I’d love to rewrite it and make it more expansive, but I want to offer it here in its unvarnished glory.

kesseljunkie’s Original Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story

I loved this movie. It’s relentless fun, dropping all the pretense and just going for broke every step of the way. I laughed, I thrilled, I had a TREMENDOUSLY great time. This is the most satisfied I’ve been with a Star Wars film since 2005, which is the highest compliment I can possibly give it.

A few frayed edges — undoubtedly the result of its production blah blah blah blah — prevent it from hitting perfection but this is a film where, when I walked out of the theater, I couldn’t wait to see it again.

I loved it so much I want a sequel. I want to know more about who and where and why, and to see if the supporting cast goes where I think they will. It would have been so unbearably boring for them to have produced something that was simply “Guardians of the Galaxy Light,” but instead we got something complex and intriguing. This is the expansive, unconstrained galaxy that I’ve seen in my head since I was a kid.

You’ll hear plenty of naysayers and mudslingers. Whatever. In a world dominated by rote formula and predictable plot lines built over years in multiple movies, Solo: A Star Wars Story is what I never knew I needed so badly – an adventure with a big heart and infectious groove.

Anakin and Obi-Wan fight on Mustafar in Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith
It’s the most I’ve loved a Star Wars film since this gem. And considering this is my favorite Star Wars film of all time, that’s a helluva compliment.

2 thoughts on “Solo: A Star Wars Story

  1. Glad you liked it so much! I might be a little less enthusiastic (I’m also less enthusiastic about RotS, though it has its merits), but I still really liked it. It was a creative, joyful adventure without pretension. A good counterpoint to The Last Jedi’s seriousness. Maybe that’s why those and Rogue One are the only Star Wars I’ve been interested in owning since the original trilogy.

    As a Han Solo origin story its only partially successful, i think. The lead actor was good for the part as written, but seems more like Han’s less cool little brother. It’s a different interpretation, but I can’t quite see him becoming Harrison Ford. And the jokes about his name hurt the mythos, I think. But the side character Enfys Nest was so interesting that I would have preferred her to have a much expanded role. And complaining that I want more of the movie is a good thing.

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    1. The gag about his name is a nice call out to Godfather Part II. Worked for me, and even if it didn’t, the transition to Mimban was perfect. 🙂

      As far as Han’s development, I enjoyed that we weren’t “right up to where he was before Star Wars” with the ending (a thing that irked me a bit with Rogue One). The next job isn’t even the one where he’s going to piss off Jabba, it’s just the beginning of an awful relationship. I guess what I’m saying is, it’s great that they just told *this* story, which works brilliantly on its own, instead of leaning too heavily on other elements.

      Also, it makes The Force Awakens better just by virtue of seeing the details in Han’s character that repeat through the whole saga – he’s continually trying to find a family, and it keeps falling apart. I think it’s a great film on its own merits, but the fact it made me rethink a character in a positive way is all the better! 🙂

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