Han Solo met a tragic demise in 2015's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the Star Wars franchise still wasn't done with the lovable smuggler on the big screen. Two and a half years later, Solo: A Star Wars Story wound the clock back to the time of the Empire's reign and gave us Han's origin story, with Alden Ehrenreich inheriting the role once occupied by Harrison Ford. While the final product did decently on the critical front, commercially Solo was a commercial bomb, becoming the first Star Wars movie to lose money. Now that Solo is available on home media, Hones Trailers has selected it as its latest target of ridicule, particularly teasing the movie for how many questions it answered about Han, some of which didn't necessarily need to be answered.
Going into Solo: A Star Wars Story, we knew that certain elements of Han Solo's past teased in the Original Trilogy were going to be shown, such as how he met Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian, as well as how he obtained the Millennium Falcon. Sure enough, Solo delivered all that, but as this Honest Trailer notes, the movie feels like less of a character study and more of a "feature length adaptation of Han Solo's Wookieepedia page" that reveals the "fascinating" origins of his accessories, like his DL-44 blaster, the reason the Millennium Falcon has a forked appearance, his "signature" catchphrase ("I know) and his dice, which didn't even become a big deal until The Last Jedi. Solo even goes out of its way to explain how Han got his last name, which was a questionable decision. Alas, we never did learn how Han got his black vest; I guess that was being saved for Solo 2.
As this Honest Trailer notes, Solo: A Star Wars Story ended up being a mixed bag that "wasn't exactly great, but wasn't exactly terrible." In other words, forgettable. Among the things the movie has going against it is the supporting cast overshadowing the lead hero (who wants to be a pilot, in case that wasn't clear) and the dark lighting. Of course, it's no secret that Solo faced a tough journey due to original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller departing 75% of the way through principal photography, and Ron Howard taking their place. It also probably didn't help that Solo opened only five months after The Last Jedi come out, which the Disney brass seem to realize was a mistake. Ultimately, Solo certainly isn't the worst Star Wars product Lucasfilm has churned out, but due to a variety of factors, this story just didn't haul in the big bucks like its predecessors.
You can watch Solo: A Star Wars Story in the comfort of your own home now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. The Star Wars saga will continue with the release of Episode IX on December 20, 2019, and check out our Star Wars movie guide to learn what else is in development for a galaxy far, far away.
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