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Don't get me wrong I think Ron Howard put in some great work into making a great Star Wars story after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were taken off the project. I think there is much to be said about the work that they started on and I felt like a lot of the reshoots were done to eliminate some of the comedic dialogue and made the writing feel kind of awkward to me.
I was not wowed by any means by this movie and thought it was an average Star Wars film. I think the Cinematography was great, the end was awesome and definitely left me wanting to see more and Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover did an amazing job as the iconic Han Solo and Lando Calrissian and want to see them do more in these roles.
I think some of the clunky awkward dialogue can be overlooked and isn't what caused the slow box office numbers of its opening weekend. I think we have had too many blockbuster movies open before Memorial Day. You can say all the way back to March 23 that we have had a big blockbuster, send people to the theaters type of movies, almost every other weekend. The only break was between A Quiet Place and Avengers: Infinity War.
Studios have stretched the limit of how often the general public will pay to go see a movie. We know that Movie Pass people will go see things no matter what but for those who have to pay anywhere between $15-$20, sometimes $30 dollars, for a ticket to see some of these movies in the best quality theater there are a couple of explanations for why on opening weekend this movie did average.
My 3-star-and-1/2 rating was because I was not wowed for the movie but I still think it's worth a watch. I wish we could have gotten to see a Phil Lord and Chris Miller Star Wars story and probably gotten a few more stars from me even if there were still these same problems in the film but at least Lucasfilms would have had the guts to have given us something different and risky in their cinematic universe instead of a cookie cutter. This could be a scare from the divided fan base from The Last Jedi, but I digress and that could be a whole other topic.
Solo: A Star Wars Story was a great first attempt at doing spin-off movies about the beloved and iconic character in the Star Wars Universe. I can't wait to see more of these types of stories and what future director step up to the plate to try their luck at a Star Wars Film. It is a movie definitely worth the watch but don't expect to be wowed by the end of the movie coupled with the strange feeling of wanting more.