The Metaflix review of “Solo: A Star Wars Story” and the general consensus of the Star Wars fan base shares the following opinion with regard to the film: not great!
Matter of fact, my overall take on the film, which I just revisited this morning, was far more scathing than I had remembered. It opens with:
“At first, I kept a running tally of all the things ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ did poorly. After a while, I figured it was just easier to keep track of anything “Solo” happened to do well, and in the end there wasn’t a whole lot to remember.”
Simply put, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is a mess. The story is paint by numbers boring, the action sequences are uninspiring, and cinematography looked more dull than gritty.
But one thing in particular bugged me more than anything: Alden Ehrenreich’s performance. He’s a talented actor. “Hail, Caesar!” is proof that he can be interesting and charismatic. Yet whatever happened with his take on Solo was a big miss. Here’s the final paragraph of my review at the time:
“I’ll also never understand why nobody involved with the film insisted that Alden Ehrenreich, a talented actor who plays a young Han Solo, take on any of Harrison Ford’s signature affectations. Compare this to Donald Glover, who is instantly recognizable as a young Lando Calrissian, and the decision becomes even more maddening. The result is that for over two hours it feels like we’re just watching some newcomer to the Star Wars universe do some vaguely Star Wars-like things to impotent effect.”
Now, however, Youtuber Shamook put Harrison Ford into “Solo: A Star Wars Story” using DeepFake technology and the film is instantly a million times better. With regard to the Solo role in particular, Ford simply sounds better, looks better, and acts better than Ehrenreich. Sure the role is Ford’s to begin with, but there’s also that IT factor at play, and whatever IT is, Ford has got IT!