Because we ran our review of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story‘ about a week and a half before the movie opened, we neglected at that time to include a reader poll. Let’s rectify that now. Did you like the movie? Did you hate it? Did you bother to see it at all?
From the studio perspective, the movie had a pretty disappointing opening weekend at the box office. Although it beat out the competition, it came in well under expectations and considerably below the prior ‘Star Wars’ movies since Disney took over the franchise. Considering that Disney had to nearly double the budget after firing original directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller and bringing in Ron Howard to reshoot practically the whole movie, this is a real blow.
Some viewers may have been turned off by reports of the production’s behind-the-scenes turmoil (though that didn’t seem to hurt ‘Rogue One’). Some may have been skeptical about star Aldren Ehrenreich’s ability to fill Harrison Ford’s shoes. Others may simply be experiencing ‘Star Wars’ fatigue, given that the last entry opened just five months ago and left many fans disgruntled with its quality.
Most reports I’ve heard have been very critical of the film’s by-the-numbers plot, the murky and ugly photography, and a poor sound mix – all of which sounds to me like a typical Ron Howard movie. But I still don’t get out to the theater much these days and I’m not making an exception for this one. I’ll wait for the disc release later this year, upon which it can sit on my shelf for a while before I bother to watch it.