The film Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) is Han Solo’s backstory, which leads into the original 1977 Star Wars film. It’s an enjoyable action adventure romp centred around a heist caper. The story goes some way to reflect the personality and character of Han Solo from the 1977 film.
Filling the shoes of Harrison Ford is a pretty major ask, and while Alden Ehrenreich is fine as Han Solo, he never actually feels like a younger Harrison Ford playing ‘Han Solo’, if you know what I mean, which is probably what a lot of the audience really wants.
The film has remarkable CGI and action sequences. The story makes sense and there are no boring parts. So, there’s a lot going on in the entertainment department, and it has a playful sense of fun. But the film was a box office flop. It cost $275 million to produce and it took $393.2 million. Apparantly, it needed to take $500M to recoup the full production costs and to return a profit. It ended up losing an estimated $76.9 million.1
It’s a solid dramatisation of a story, and it feels like it overcame the initial production woes and a change of director. But maybe it didn’t have enough to satisfy a global audience? By that, I mean it didn’t perform well in China (it only made $10m in that market). China has become the lynchpin signifier for global success in a Hollywood blockbuster.
1 According to Deadline Hollywood.