The origin story of the Star Wars’ favorite scalawag is vastly underrated
It has been just over two years since the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and the film has a mixed legacy among hardcore and casual fans alike.
Some see it as an unnecessary addition to Star Wars canon and argue that it only added to the public fatigue of Star Wars content after the release of The Last Jedi. Those who align themselves in this camp certainly have a reason to believe they are correct as Solo saw the lowest box office return of any Star Wars movie, raking in $393 million.
Now that time has passed since it was released, skeptics of Solo should give it a re-watch and judge it as a film by itself, and remove all biases that may have been present upon first viewing.
Solo is a simple film with a simple story. It is a high stakes heist movie with a diverse and entertaining cast of characters, many of whom are new to fans.
Characters like Tobias Beckett, Q’ira and Dryden Voss are vastly underrated in the broader scope of Star Wars who have enough potential to see their characters further explored.
The twist ending featuring Darth Maul may have seemed like a reach to the casual fan. Yet, to fans of The Clone Wars, the scene fit into the narrative of the film perfectly and was a welcome appearance by a fan favorite.
Additionally, Donald Glover’s performance as a young Lando Calrissian was nothing short of spectacular as he portrayed the young gambler before his days on Cloud City.
The film is fast paced, but not at breakneck speed. There are what seem like nearly a dozen or so settings and each of them serves a unique purpose to the story without any unnecessary fan service. Any fan of action comedy films will likely enjoy Solo and what it has to offer and it has enough twists and turns to keep any viewer guessing until the end.
Time will continue to tell if Solo holds up well enough in comparison to other Star Wars films. for now it stands well enough on its own and should be held in a higher regard.
Stream Solo: A Star Wars Story on Disney+