Let’s be honest, since Black Panther, Black folks have been craving more sci-fi awesomeness featuring themselves on screen that they could be proud of. Fortunately Solo A Star Wars Story just may give them what they are looking for.
QUICK DISCLAIMER: THIS REVIEW IS GOING TO FOCUS ON THE BLACK FOLKS … SORRY, IF YOU WANT ANOTHER TYPE OF REVIEW WITH PLOT SPOILERS AND AN FUN FACTS YOU ALREADY KNOW, I’M SURE GOOGLE HAS PLENTY OF THOSE.
Instead our goal is to give you what you rarely get in reviews, the stuff black people will care about. So here it goes, with my quick reaction to the film.
After attending the world premiere I walked out excited and impressed with the acting and characters, but also wanted to see more of certain folks. You can pretty much guess who. But not because they are black but because they were awesome.
While the film may be called Solo because it focuses on Han Solo one of the franchises most beloved characters, Lando Calrissien really steals the show.
To be honest I just didn’t feel like the film did much to add another layer to Han’s story and there were very little surprises. But I digress. Alden Ehrenreich did an amazing job, and his portrayal of Han was reminiscent of Harrison Ford. He’s not the only person that could play this character, but he didn’t suck.
Donald Glover on the other hand, who stepped into some big shoes playing Lando after Billy Dee Williams, did what I believe Alden should have done – made the character his own. Instead of trying to replicate Williams and his endless swag, Glover opted to play it smooth and cool which comes off refreshing and honest.
In the end we still get an idea of who Lando was, why he was so smug and cocky and how he and Han became friends in the first place. Unfortunately because the film isn’t called Lando you wont see a whole lot of him … or Thandie Newton for that matter.
She’s so badass in this film and deserved way more screen time. In the film she plays Val, a new character in the Star Wars universe, and she and Woody Harrelson, who plays Beckett, help mentor Han and show him the heist game. To be honest while watching I wished her character and Woody’s were switched. But something tells me we’ll be seeing more of her in a galaxy far, far away soon.
I also loved her look. She’s rocking an afro and fur collared leather jacket giving Pam Grier meets Amelia Earhart vibes, and it’s everything.
Speaking of everything, there’s also this dope fight scene in the 4th act and ladies you will get a good dose of black girl magic … which I appreciated. Can’t say much more but their are some fierce women kicking ass that even have Han shook.
Then there’s Chewbacca, who after Lando steals the show. You’ll love seeing how his relationship with Han really develops and he’s got way more personality than in any other Star Wars flicks.
After that it’s one smooth ride on the Millienium Falcon to the ending which will have you screaming Yaaaaaaaaas! at the screen, which I highly encourage.
Solo: A Star Wars Story soars into theaters May 25th.