by Cayce McCarthy. Arts and Entertainment blogger.
Solo: A Star Wars movie came out in theaters this past Friday and there have been a lot of mixed reviews about the film. The people who made it said the film was going to be great but are wondering why it's bombing in the box office while the fans and YouTube critics explained that the film is just meh. Me being a fan and after seeing it myself I agree that the film was just okay. Don’t get me wrong the film isn’t horrible but it’s not up to par with the rest of the Star Wars movies we’ve seen; especially the original three. Even the prequels are better.
Here’s why the movie isn’t an enormous success. For one thing, it’s slow mainly when they’re coming up with their new plans and making their new crew. There were also unnecessary characters as well. It’s not the best idea to bring in new characters and kill them off before the audience actually knows them and can connect with them because when they die the audience doesn’t care and asks why they were useful in the first place? Especially if the plot moves along fine without them.
The most unnecessary character was the droid L-3 who was a “tried too hard” type of character. They could have just had a navigation system on the ship without her and the whole rebellion thing was already implied in the Star Wars universe when the Empire was formed. Also, the so-called rebellion didn’t even fit the universe because as stated before once the Republic fell people began to rebel and the rebellion in this film didn’t match the original group. The acting was decent, but they didn’t get the best actor to play young Solo, he seemed to try too hard to be Harrison Ford that you could tell it was a bit forced.
Donald Glover was a convincing Lando especially when he did a respectable job mimicking Billy Dee William’s vibrato. The villains were also very weak in the film as well because they were just pawns for a higher power who lacked any great power of their own and just wanted more money to live comfortably. But the worst is what they did to Solo’s character, especially the stupid way he was given his last name. First off, Solo has always been a cocky and arrogant guy who only cared about himself and never felt anything when someone told him any form of a sob story. This was evident in New Hope when he didn’t comfort Luke on his family’s death or Obi Wan’s. (To read more scroll down to the lower right hand side of the page and hit the read more button.)
Nor was he ever some pathetic love-struck puppy who cared that much for others until he met Leia who is nothing like the female lead in this film. I mean Qi’ra is nothing like Leia to the point you wonder how Han fell in love with a girl like Leia or maybe one could question how he fell in love with a girl like Qi’ra. Maybe he thought it was love just because they grow up on the streets together and he didn’t know anyone else. Because I don’t see how you can have original Han be in love with a rebel princess who is in charge, answers to no one, has attitude, sass, back talk, smarts, and other qualities that Qi’ra lacks completely.
For one thing, she’s not a leader she’s a follower. She only survives but not in the way Leia managed to. She mainly kissed up enough to get her put under the power of a man with a lot of money but couldn’t escape the higher power, but I honestly don’t see what that character sees in her. To me, she seems a bit weak and cowardly like she’ll do anything to try and get her way including faking a relationship with Han.
Overall the film was just decent and added nothing to the universe. To be honest, they need to bring in one of the directors of the Clone Wars animation series, Dave Filoni. Filoni helped to direct, produce, and supervise the Clone Wars animated movie, series, the Star Wars Rebels series and had a role in the creation of Rouge One; which is another team that should be taking over for the rest of the Star Wars films. Especially if they don’t want to have another box office bomb. They should have also gotten a casting director with more guts because there was a better actor, Anthony Ingruber, who auditioned for the role who looks like young Ford and his actions didn’t seem so forced.
In fact, after finding an impersonation video on YouTube the whole fandom became upset as to how the young man didn’t get the role. He looked like Ford, he sounded like Ford, and everything about him seemed natural. He has apparently done some small tv roles, but I guess they didn’t want to risk having an unknown actor or at least they didn’t have the guts to. I mean look, Marvel took un-known Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston and turned them into pop geek icons that will go down in history, so I don’t see what would have been wrong with Ingruber. Honestly, I could go on and on. You can watch and judge for yourself, but I recommend you wait for the DVD release.