A legendary intellectual property such as Star Wars will surely be fully utilized, although it will inevitably result in negative reactions from fans. Actually there is no problem there will be a Star Wars movie every year, after all the Star Wars universe is very wide and holds a lot of potential to be told and explored further. The problem is that the second film in the A Star Wars Story series is still focused on the timeline or the main character, which this time tells the story of a scoundrel but much loved: Han Solo.
Solo: A Star Wars Story follows the youth of Han Solo (Alden Ehreinreich) who is separated from his girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) when they try to escape from their home planet, Corellia. His attempt to return to Planet Corellia to pick up his lover, leads Han Solo to meet a group of smugglers; Tobias (Woody Harrelson), Val (Thandie Newton), and Rio (Jon Favreau) as well as a Wookie who later becomes his best friend, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo). In carrying out the mission of the criminal master Dryden Foss (Paul Bettany), this group gets “help” from Lando Calrissian who is currently the rightful owner of the fastest piece of junk in the galaxy , the Millennium Falcon.
For me, telling a prequel in an adventure film like this will be very difficult because it will not feel how big the stakes are. Even though it is shown how big the danger or challenge is, we know that in the end the main character will definitely succeed and survive. This is the main problem in my opinion in this film. Even more so if what is shown is a legendary story like “Kessel Run”, which although it is shown in a fun way, but the results are known considering that Han Solo already boasted about it to Luke Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars episode IV: A New Hope .
Not only the absence of betting, Solo: A Star Wars Story is more concerned with answering questions that were not actually asked. How Han met Chewbacca, Han got the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian, the origins of the dice hanger, Han’s iconic blaster , to the insignificant facts about Han Solo’s name and his relationship with the Empire, all answered in one film. As a result, even though these things are shown as fan service , it seems there is nothing new to justify the existence of this film. Father-daughter scriptwriting duo Lawrence Kasdan (Star Wars episode V, episode VI, episode VII) and Jon Kasdan are lacking in exploring the potential of telling the universeThe wider Star Wars, such as reviewing the dark period until the presence of “Crime Syndicates”, failed to be explored further or just passed.
In addition to the absence of a story that offers something new, this film is also unable to show interesting action like an adventure film . The choice of a heist theme could not deliver exciting scenes full of cool tactics like a film with a similar theme. Practically only the Kessel Run scene with The Maw can bring a little admiration, the rest feels very flat. Moreover, when it comes to demonstrating Han Solo’s ability as a reliable pilot, most of them just fly normally, which strangely has received praise from their compatriots. The most dominant color tone is yellow or blue carried by the cinematographerBradford Young (Arrival, During) did not help either. The pale colors and poor lighting make it difficult to view the scene comfortably.
The election of Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo, which from the beginning of his appointment has caused controversy, although not as bad as expected but still there is no sense of Han Solo in him. It’s not easy to replace Harrison Ford in playing Han Solo, with a distinctive style that while cynical and arrogant, but feels full of charisma, cool, and loveable . Here, Alden Ehrenreich’s version of Han Solo seems too kind and too smiley. Although in 1-2 moments there is a sliver of Han Solo’s aura, but the rest is not felt at all and his alleged appointment is a miscastproven. Likewise, the supporting characters are less attractive, maybe with the exception of Daniel Glover aka Childish Gambino as Lando, which unfortunately is not maximized. The appearance of android L3-37 which gets a lot of praise, but for me the presence of the “Social Justice Droid” has the same awkward level as Jar-Jar Binks.
With the lack of fun elements in this film – both the fun side of Han Solo and the fun side of the scene –, Solo: A Star Wars Story is not “ the Star Wars movie I’m looking for .” With the announcement of a new spin-off that will feature “ fan favorite ” Bobba Fett, we hope that Disney and LucasFilm will be able to further explore this vast world of Star Wars, and most importantly, hopefully, despite the problems in production like this film that forced Phil Lord and Chris. Miller was replaced by Ron Howard in the middle of the production process.