This article was originally published on May 29, 2018 on Cinephile's former website.
Opening night of Solo: A Star Wars StoryI was a bit surprised to see many empty seats in the theater. For this most beloved franchise I was sure I'd have to squeeze my way in to find a perfect spot to perch and witness another turn in the Star Warsuniverse. That aside, I am reviewing this film as a standalone and not place my experience in the politics of it all; I am Switzerland.
We start off with an already adult Han (no last name), played by Alden Ehrenreich, and his girlfriend Qi'ra, Emilia Clarke. They have one goal, to leave the oppressed Corellia and escape Lady Proxima's tyrannical rule. After an exciting chase sequence, where Han and Qi'ra play cat & mouse, dodging a local gang, Qi'ra is captured and Han escapes promising to return to his loves rescue.
The film as a whole is a fun watch. Alden Ehrenreich is very charismatic, warm, funny, likable and charming as Han Solo (please, oh please don't flog me for that statement.) There's lots of comedy, action and love being spread about. This movie is a chance for us all to feel the nostalgia of Star Wars, to go back and get those warm fuzzy feelings all over again. Cue the thematic music and then a let down, no title crawl?! I mean come on Ron Howard! I think you are an awesome director, I love your work, but you should have been yelling through a large bull horn to your editor "TITLE CRAWL!"
Films like Solo is the reason why I love going to the cinema. This is a chess game of a story, characters and their motivations keep you on the edge of your seat, twist after twist is revealed and I personally think this film makes a fun night out enjoying the movies.