‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ … yeaaaaaaaaaaaah not really


While A Star Wars Story is in the title of the film, this is NOT a Star Wars movie

(EDITORS NOTE: This is a repost from the blog Just Joia Shootin the Sh*t) I felt a little disappointed because it was missing the traditional Star Wars opening crawl while being blasted by the music of John Williams (even though his music is peppered throughout the film by John Powell). There WAS an opening card sequence quickly detailing Han’s back story up to that point. We were able to see who Han really is, how he obtained the millennium falcon, and how he became such close friends with Chewbacca the Wookie.

Alden Ehrenreich does an adequate job portraying the younger version of our beloved Han Solo. He manages to make the role his own without disrespecting the character or Harrison Ford.

We get to meet Lando Calrissian for the first time and see how their relationship begins and develops. Donald Glover (Atlanta) did an amazing job as young Lando Calrissian. His performance was by far, my favorite thing about the entire movie. I absolutely love Woody Harrelson (War of the Planet of the Apes, Zombieland) and I thoroughly enjoyed his performance as Beckett in this film.

Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) dazzles as Han’s love interest Qi’ra. She’s a tough fighter and survivor and she looks absolutely fabulous as she glides through every move she makes throughout the film. We are introduced to Chewbacca and he and Han quickly bond and become fast friends, who are obviously partnered for years.

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There were some really great twists and turns throughout the story with a gasp-worthy revelation at the very end. There were some really amazing special effects and of course we were able to spend some time in a cantina with multiple space creatures. John Powell does an excellent job weaving in the old music with the new seamlessly.

As much as I love and respect Ron Howard, I really don’t feel he was the right fit for a Star Wars film. This was more a Ron Howard movie than a Star Wars movie. That being said, overall, I really enjoyed this film and would recommend it to my friends whether they were already existing Star Wars fans or new to the franchise.

What did you think of the film? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in Solo: A Star Wars Story, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. 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, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.

Directed by Ron Howard from a script written by Lawrence Kasdan and son Jon Kasdan, the film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, Paul Bettany and Ian Kenny.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is now in theaters everywhere.


Guest Critic Joia DaVida

Joia DaVida is a Jersey girl at heart, but after living in Southern Florida for over 20 years, packed up her two brilliant and beautiful daughters and road tripped across America to relocate in LA, California. Now she’s living life to it’s fullest, enjoying everything Los Angeles has to offer – including CBM and genre films. Follow her blog here.