Revengers React: What Did The Revenge of The Fans Staff Think Of SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY?
Solo: A Star Wars Story is officially in theaters, and after months of coverage where we were trying to determine whether or not we were “Team” Nolo, Molo, Soso, Yolo, or Golo, several Revenge of The Fans staffers got to see them film for themselves this weekend.
Here, we’ve compiled the thoughts of those who’ve seen it so far- and who aren’t on vacation (we miss you, Donald!). Check out what we thought of the latest Star Wars Story, directed by Ron Howard and starring Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton and Paul Bettany.
Matt Vernier, Lead Reporter:
“I wasn’t sure what I was expecting when I walked in to see Solo. I walked out very happy though. I liked Solo very much. It is just a fun ride from beginning to end. It reminds me of movies like Raiders or The Goonies; both fun adventure type films. Yes, there is fan service to the max, but it is also full of beautiful action sequences and cinematography that stands out among its predecessors. The plot is predictable, but as Han would say “This baby’s still got a few surprises left in her, sweetheart”. That doesn’t automatically make it a less enjoyable movie, or no one would ever watch a biopic or remake. Alden actually pulls off a convincing Han Solo quite well, without doing a flat out Harrison Ford impression. But it is Donald Glover’s turn as Lando Calrissian that steals the show. There is no other word to describe Glover as Lando besides “perfect”. He was so good in fact, that there were a few lines that sounded like they were dubbed by Billy Dee Williams to me. Glover had the cadence and the voice down that well.
As a huge Chewbacca fan, it was nice to see him get some depth and something to do. The supporting cast is great, though some of that talent is severely underutilized. What Ron Howard did in such a short amount of time needs to be commended. While we may never know what the original vision of Solo was, the final product is something that Lucasfilm should be proud of, regardless of what box office numbers say. It is okay to have a fun, personal, less important adventure. Not every chapter in the Star Wars universe has to have “Save-The-Universe” level stakes. Superhero movies figured this out a while ago, and because of that we got movies like Logan and The Dark Knight – some of the best movies in the genre that were personal stories. Solo could be the trailblazer to make that happen in Star Wars.”
Adam Basciano, Lead TV Critic:
“I really liked it. The film captured the sense of fun and adventure of the original trilogy! The actors who played Han & Lando were great. Alden Ehrenreich had a thankless task when he took on this iconic role, and managed to find way to give us a Han we were familiar with, while doing his own take on the character. The fleshed out backstory to Han and Chewbacca strengthens their future bond in the later films. Donald Glover exudes charisma and was the perfect person to take on the mantle of Lando from Billy Dee Williams. The score by John Powell, with an assist by John Williams. gives the film a personality, and matches the tone of what’s playing out on screen! It was music to my ears.
The surprise at the end, by a character from Star Wars’ past, was truly unexpected. Thankfully, it wasn’t spoiled online for me. Does this movie play it safe, sure. Though, I wan’t asking it to reinvent the wheel. Given how reactions fandom had to The Last Jedi, I’m not surprised. Though, with certain segments of Star Wars fandom, it seems like the franchise is damned if you do, damned if you don’t, when it comes to risk taking. All I know is, I had a blast taking a trip to the past in this galaxy far, far away!”
Jon Crabtree, Co-Founder and Contributor:
“I walked out of the theater thinking it was just “pretty good,” but somehow I couldn’t stop lingering on how much I want to see the movie again. Solo takes me back to the time in my life when I would ride my bike to the library and come home with every single Star Wars Expanded Universe novel I could get my hands on. The people who are sleeping on this one are missing out.
The villains are dastardly. The rogues are engaging. Swordplay, gunfights, torture, revenge, giants, monsters, chases, escapes, true love, space capes. I’d love to see more of this corner of the Star Wars galaxy. If Lucasfilm green-lights a sequel, I’m in.”
Vanessa Lee Bontea, Co-Host of The Revengers Podcast and Contributor:
“A fun, fast paced movie. Definitely different from Star Wars movies in the past. The studio is branching out and trying new things. Story was a bit predictable and cookie cutter for me but A great mix of movie moments for any level of fan. And also, Alden Ehrenreich pretty much nails it.”
Brett Miro, Co-Host of The Revengers Podcast and Contributor:
“Solo is a fun ride through and through. Some of the best action sequences in a Star Wars film, great funky aliens, genuine surprises, and some stellar performances from Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover. Despite all of that, I’m still not sure we needed this movie or that I wanted it, but I’m actually happy they made it and am looking forward to more. One can argue it doesn’t enrich the characters or universe, but it certainly doesn’t take away. Worth the price of admission!”
Chris Lisanti, Co-Host of The Fanboy Garage and Contributor:
“Solo: A Star Wars Story is mostly disposable entertainment with a heavy dose of the disposable and not enough of the entertainment. It is basically the antithesis of Rogue One. The movie just sort of happens, with a faint semblance of a plot that never really comes together, new characters that I found to be mostly uninteresting, and familiar characters that I was shockingly indifferent towards. The fan service ranged from flat to cringe worthy and the main villain felt more like a Bond villain than a Star Wars villain. Despite its flaws, I wanted to have fun with Solo, but sadly what was presented on the screen just didn’t bring me there.”
Mario-Francisco Robles, Co-Founder, Editor-in-Chief, Contributor, Host of The El Fanboy Podcast, Co-Host of The Revengers Podcast:
“I was very pleasantly surprised by Solo. While I had my doubts about the very idea for the film itself, I was always cautiously optimistic because of the talent involved. I’m happy to report that everyone brought their A-game. I had a great time watch this, and I think special attention has to be paid to the solid script by Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan- which features some great twists, turns, and bits of flare that add some extra color and texture to the Star Wars canon. And I also have to commend Ron Howard for turning a film that miraculously avoids feeling like Frankenstein’s monster despite all of the behind-the-scenes tumult!
If I have a major gripe, it’s in the scoring department. Howard relies a tad too much on boosting the score during scenes that would typically be quiet and intimate, presumably because he didn’t think the writing and/or the acting conveyed what the scene was going for on its own. So the music ends up becoming ham-fisted at times, and that’s one of a few cheap shortcuts Howard takes while trying to stitch this thing together. But overall, it was a good time and I definitely recommend it!“
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Editor-In-Chief and Co-Founder of Revenge of The Fans. Previously, he's written for Latino-Review, IGN, Moviehole, and The Splash Report. He's also the host of the top-rated show The Fanboy Podcast and the co-host of The Revengers Podcast. E-Mail: MFR@RevengeOfTheFans.com | Twitter: @I_AM_MFR