Half-rapper, half film-critic Rascal F. Kennedy puts Solo: A Star Wars Story under the microscope for his latest movie review.

Lucasfilm since coming under the Disney umbrella has been a pretty awesome thing to see. We’ve gotten The Force Awakens, Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and now Solo. The first three films have fared well at the box office, and I have no doubt in my mind as word spreads so will Solo. From the disappointment, it seems many (not including myself) felt after The Last Jedi, it seemed as though Solo was doomed. Even before that with the film switching directors from Lord and Miller (The Lego Movie) to Ron Howard (How The Grinch Stole Christmas). There was also some doubt in whether Alden Ehrenreich could pull off playing Han Solo. Well, the film is absolutely amazing.

Solo: A Star Wars Story was a well-written film with a really good plot and some really good acting. The plot is simple: Han Solo wants to become the greatest pilot to ever live. And while there are many ways he can go about this, he ends up joining a group of outlaws and earning his way in the galaxy. If I explain the entire plot, I could possibly spoil the film for you.

The Kasdan brothers wrote an amazing script and story. They added things and took us places that were fresh and full of action. The smooth way the story progressed as Han rose through the galaxy was amazing. You can easily follow Solo‘s story, even with its handful of twists and turns. Most importantly, the movie never slowed down and the ride it takes you on is so much fun.

Ron Howard’s directing was amazing, as well. The visuals, the way he took you places and helped bring the story to life, was done very well. Yes, there were a few moments where you kind of just wander, but overall, it was well worth the wait. Ron Howard’s films always look beautiful and Solo was no different. Also, the Millennium Falcon was purely and truly a beautiful thing to see in the Dolby Cinema.

The acting in the film was very good. Ehrenreich played an amazing Han Solo. He gave you a portrayal of the character that put you in the mind-frame of Harrison Ford, but at the same time, he still gave you his version of Han Solo. I thoroughly enjoyed his acting in this film.

On the other hand, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian was a very up-and-down motion for me. There were spurts where you could see the genius of his acting skills, but there were other moments where he appeared nervous and out of his comfort zone. Star Wars is a big stage, and if you don’t bring the heat, you will get criticized, heavily. Overall, Donald played the character well and the pansexuality of the character was very noticeable. That was something that they had pointed out leading up to the film’s release.

Emilia Clarke (Qi’ra), Woody Harrelson (Beckett), Paul Bettany (Dryden Vos), and Joonas Suotamo (Chewbacca) also all played their parts well. I personally enjoyed Clarke’s character, as she was one of my favorite parts of the film.  Paul Bettany, for the amount of screentime he got as the villain, was an extremely well-done character. My least favorite character was L3 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge), but Thandie Newton as Val was very wonderful. There were so many good things in the film to go along with the acting. The actors made the film very enjoyable, to say the least.

Overall, I loved this film. There were very few flaws in what has been seen lately by many as a flawed franchise. The writers, director, and actors did a wonderful job bringing this film to life. They set up sequels and gave us a really amazing cameo. Lucasfilm has been nothing but good to us, and I personally have done nothing but enjoy it. I hope you guys have as well.

Please go see Solo: A Star Wars Story and support this amazing cast and crew on their awesome work. And definitely tweet us @DayAndADream to let us know what you think!

Rating: 7.5/10

Rascal F. Kennedy

Film synopsis: During an adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.