‘Solo’ can be entertaining regardless of the lackluster dialogue


Despite having many flaws, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is OK.

As the newest spin-off in the “Star Wars” series, which came out Friday, May 25, “Solo” stars Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, along with Donald Glover and Woody Harrelson.

The film had a rough production cycle, with the director role trading hands several times.

The credited director is Ron Howard, known for “Cocoon” and “Apollo 13.”

This film is the first in a series of “Star Wars” movies explaining the backstory of individual characters. This time, it’s Han Solo.

While the action is entertaining, the dialogue was mostly awful.

The film makes constant references to the original trilogy.

Alden Ehrenreich’s admittedly difficult performance as Solo is awkward and feels like he is trying to fill shoes too big for him to wear.

Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian is a highlight of the movie, but he is hardly in it.

The love interest story line with Emilia Clarke’s character was mostly confusing, with the character switching alliances multiple times.

In addition, most of the cinematography doesn’t feel like a “Star Wars” film.

This issue may be caused by the changing of directing from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to Ron Howard.

The main problem with the film is that it did not need to be made. We did not need to learn how Han Solo met Chewbacca or how he got his blaster.

I think this might explain the low box office numbers for the film’s opening weekend.

But some people appreciate the film for what it is.

Justin Alarie, freshman, thought the movie was decent.

“Someone who isn’t immersed in the Star Wars universe will probably enjoy it greatly,” Alarie said. “The low box office numbers are probably from the die-hard fans who will only accept Harrison Ford in the role.”

I would give “Solo: A Star Wars Story” six out of 10 stars.

It was entertaining, but it didn’t blow me away.

It was just about average.