Will SOLO Meet Expectations?


Solo: A Star Wars Story comes six months after the last film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

The highly anticipated Star Wars film, “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” premieres worldwide on May 25. Despite dissatisfaction with many parts of the recent movies, each new Star Wars movie always draws a lot of buzz.

Solo comes following months of “issues” with the former directors. Academy Award winner Ron Howard eventually took over as director, reportedly reshooting everything. The plot is said to be a heist type of movie, similar to the Oceans film series.

The movie stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail Caesar!) as Han Solo. It will feature a sort of origin of the character, Han, becoming the tough-skinned smuggler audiences have known for decades.

Han is a character beloved by movie-goers, explaining the excitement around the film. Han started as a reluctant member of the Resistance in the original movies, but slowly grew on audiences with each movie — which is why many fans were shocked after Force Awakens in 2015, when Han was killed by his son, Kylo Ren.

“I don’t know what to expect,” Sophomore Kristin Stauffer said. “It’s gonna be different, but it’ll be cool to see his beginning. [Han] was amazing, best character. I cried at his death scene.”

Ehrenreich playing Han, however, is controversial.

“He doesn’t really look like Harrison Ford,” Sophomore Pavel Santiago said. “I’m sure he’ll do fine; it’s just, the way he is he doesn’t look like Han.”

Solo comes as another short story separated from the episodic Star Wars films. Since Disney took over the franchise in 2012, these stories are coming out every other year to establish the expanded universe and fill in the time between the episodes.

Following the success of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, many fans are glad with Disney’s decision to have these side adventures.

“I loved Rogue One, it was beautiful,” Junior Keagan McTamney said. “I’m excited for Solo, but I also have my doubts.”

This doubt comes in the aftermath of the upset Star Wars: The Last Jedi caused with audiences.

“After Last Jedi, I felt unsatisfied,” Keagan said, “but I guess that’s how you’re supposed to feel in the second part of a trilogy, because there’s still the end to come. But I felt the bad kind of unsatisfied.”

Part of the problem, fans unanimously agreed, was with how the character of Supreme Leader Snoke was portrayed. Snoke was shrouded in mystery and intrigue in Force Awakens, with a scary amount of power as the dictator of the First Order. In Last Jedi, however, all the intrigue was thrown away, by what many call poor writing.

“Snoke was set up as this big, ‘oh, he’s going to destroy everything, who is he, where does he come from,’ but then they just kill him like that,” Pavel said.

Many people were excited when the new trilogy, starting with Force Awakens, was announced, but poor writing has dimmed some fans’ spirits. In terms of main characters, scavenger Rey has disappointed a few.

“I think a lot of it is just rehashing old plots,” Keagan said. “I’m not a huge fan of the lack of character development. Rey is kind of a flat character.”

Despite this, some continue to enjoy the movies immensely — even with Princess Leia’s fake-out death scene in Last Jedi, which some found ridiculous

“[Last Jedi] was so good,” Kristin said.

On Solo, some think it won’t compare with Last Jedi.

I think it’ll perform well in box office,” Junior Hunter Berryman said. “I’m starting to feel better about it after seeing the trailers. I wasn’t super excited when it was first announced. I’m looking forward to seeing it opening weekend but I don’t think it’ll be as good as The Last Jedi.”

One aspect to draw movie-goers is Donald Glover, known as Childish Gambino in the music industry, taking up the role of Lando Calrissian. Lando is a smuggler who has done business with Han Solo. Presumably, Solo will show their meeting.

“Donald Glover is a great cast for Lando,” Pavel said of the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” actor. “He looks just like young Lando.”

 Despite Han Solo being loved by audiences, if Disney botches Solo, it could spell major trouble for the series.