Get ready for the 10th movie about the Star Wars universe, because it’s quite the ride. “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is now out in theaters and it’s a crowd pleaser. If you’re a fan of the Star Wars franchise and a fan of action-thrillers, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at what Disney does with the Solo film. However, Star Wars films under Disney have been getting a lot of criticism recently and if you’re one of those skeptics then this might not be the movie for you. There are both positives and negatives to this movie, but in my opinion, the positives outweigh the negatives.

The pros of this spin-off

Action, action, action. This movie was chalked full of action scenes that weren’t too over the top but were still entertaining because it takes place in such an exciting universe. For anyone who has played the Star Wars: The Old Republic game or has even seen their cinematics, this movie had a lot of Gunslinger-type action. The game has a type of character you can play called a Smuggler and you can take that character down the Gunslinger path or the Scoundrel path. For those of you who don’t know, Han Solo is a smuggler and this movie does a great job highlighting the types of struggles and obstacles that a Smuggler might go through in the Star Wars universe.

The visuals are definitely something to look forward to

Another pro is the cinematography. If you ever wanted to see the darker and grittier side of this universe then this is the movie for you. Two-thirds of the film took place in less-than-posh environments and it was refreshing to see those environments and how the cinematography captured those scenes. Sure, this franchise has shown places like Takodana, Jabba’s Palace, and Mos Eisley but the whole Solo movie is about the lifestyle of the people who frequent places like that.

The cons (that a lot of Star Wars fans will see)

This movie doesn’t really add to the lore. Every other Star Wars film adds a little something to the lore, but this movie gives hardly any new information. This furthers the speculation that most new Star Wars films are simply cash-grabs that put no effort into pleasing the fans. However, this isn’t true. Solo put plenty of effort into playing the nostalgia card to try and please fans like the last three Star Wars films did.

This kind of thing might not go over well with die-hard fans because they aren’t looking for nostalgia anymore, they’re looking for original content that expands on the franchise that they love.

So, if you like action-thrillers (especially ones that take place in space), you’ll love this movie. There are plenty of action sequences and gritty environments from beginning to end. However, if you’re looking for a Star Wars movie that gives a lot of depth to one of your favorite characters and expands on the content of the franchise universe, then you might be out of luck with this one.

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