By David Maitland-Jones
Solo: A Star Wars Story is the latest addition to the Star Wars universe, and whilst it carried less expectation than the likes of Episode VII, it was still a film which many were looking forward to, not including myself. However, when I saw this film, it by far exceeded my expectations, it was fun, entertaining, but with flaws. This film straight away starts with a fun, smiling and hugely entertaining Han Solo, which is where one of my flaws lie in this film. It felt as though the writers of this film, struggled to truly find a way to give a believable portrayal of the character Harrison Ford has made us know and love, the writers managed to make Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo to different to Harrison’s ford one, and without any explanation as to why he changes so much between now and A New Hope. Despite all the moaning I seem to have done so far, and as different this is to the original Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich is great in this film, within the first scene, he had already gripped me and I wanted to keep watching, and in this first scene, we also met the character ‘Qira,’ played by Emilia Clarke, most known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, in which she is fantastic, but unfortunately the same can not be said for how she performs here, Emilia Clarke is often predictable, and here tone of voice and facial expression seems to change little throughout, but this is not all her fault. The writers made it very easy to know what would next happen to her character, and in what she would be doing at the end of the film.
Overall, I would recommend watching Solo: A Star Wars Story as it is highly entertaining, and as much as you might not think based on what I have said here, I was glued to my seat. Although I did say this movie highly exceeded my expectations, this is mainly down to my expectations before hand being so low. Though if you do get any spare time over the coming weekends, please do go and give this a watch