The third act of the movie has major problems and feels uninspired.
Granted, there was about only 15 minutes left in the movie, but it felt like an eternity. The studio has been cranking out "Star Wars" movies with the rapidity of chocolates on Lucy and Ethel's conveyor belt.
Business Insider Solo is not an bad movie, it just has a few very bad parts that feel uninspired.
Alden Ehrenreich ("Blue Jasmine", "Hail, Caesar!") is quite a bit smaller than Harrison Ford and he doesn't bear much of a facial resemblance to the man who made Solo a legend, but Ehrenreich delivers a winning performance and does a fantastic job at foreshadowing certain characteristics and tendencies of Ford-as-Han, without delving into impersonation. The worst piece is the use of the words "mean streets" in describing the planet Solo grew up on. Most of the time he is shown as trying to form and have a team but if that doesn't work out, "Oh, well". Ron "safe pair of hands" Howard was brought on after initial directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller fell out with the management over what we used to call musical differences. It doesn't merely make obvious the comfort-food imperative of keeping this mythology alive-which is to say, profitable-but also proves it can still find ways to be legitimately satisfying. It's as if Howard and the Kasdans (the father and son co-screenwriters) are working overtime to recreate the Han you know and love from the original trilogy rather than crafting a younger, more formative version from which he can evolve. Billy Dee Williams originally played the character in both The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. But that's all. Poor Ehrenreich has been set up to fail by being given an impossible task: to make us forget about Harrison Ford, easily the most iconic action hero in modern cinema. We catch him only after he has become a strapping lad gutsy enough to take on the crime syndicates that have run amok on Planet Corellia.
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The biggest issue the movie has is that the screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan try to shoe-horn a plot twist at the end that is so unnecessary. As we've discussed before on the site, it was odd that not a frame of footage from the movie had been seen (even appreciating the behind the scenes turmoil the project has endured).
The Force Awakens came out in 2015, it was the first visit for a decade to a galaxy far, far away. The characters are often similarly uninspired, despite the likes of Paul Bettany, Woody Harrelson and Thandie Newton doing their best with clunky, cliched dialogue. It's fantastic how much just playing Star Wars music can make nearly any roughly assembled scene work on a visceral and emotional level - and Solo seems to know that, relying on sentimentality and a shorthand understanding of this universe and its legacy characters to paper over its narrative defects.
The Telegraph also wrote that the movie "expands and enriches the Star Wars galaxy with thrilling new texture and detail - Solo might be a fun adventure, but it's a dream come true for cosplayers, and features an even-more-extraordinary-than-usual new range of costumes and knick-knacks to goggle at".