Solo: A Star Wars Movie: Success or Slump?

By Mackenzie Pittman

On May 24, 2018 the ninth-most expensive movie ever made hit the theaters; Solo: A Star Wars Movie. The 10th movie in the Star Wars saga follows the life of Han Solo before his years in the rebellion. Young Solo joins ranks with a dangerous galactic gang, meeting Chewbacca, his future co-pilot, and Lando Calrissian, the owner of the Millennium Falcon.

After its release on Thursday, the movie has been met with disappointment. With a budget upwards of 250 million, the movie was expected thrive over Memorial Day weekend. Unfortunately, the movie only made 83.3 million over the three-day period. While many people were surprised by the movie’s failure in the box office, others see it differently. Some say that the movie was destined for lack of success for many reasons. The reality is that Solo was dropped only six months after the release of The Last Jedi, not allowing for a build up of anticipation from fans. On top of that, while the backstory of Han is interesting, fans already know the outcome of his story, leaving the plot underwhelming.

Overall, a culmination of bad circumstances led to an unenthusiastic response from fans. For typical movie standards, Solo is entertaining, but does not match the high expectations set by the Star Wars Franchise.


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