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Sometimes life can get crazy. Between work, family, trying to maintain a social life, paying bills, and struggling to juggle the countless other obligations that we are beholden to, every once in a while, we need something simple. Sometimes we need to just turn our brains off, kick back with a glass of wine (or whatever your drink of choice may be), and let ourselves be entertained. This is, of course, where a big part of the allure of movies and television comes from. Few things are better at letting us forget about our problems for a few hours and become absorbed in another world than film and TV.
However, finding a solid and affordable source for watching our favorite shows and movies can also become a stressful endeavor. Sure, there are all of the popular streaming services out there for us to choose from – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, HBO (Go, Max, Now), Disney Plus, etc. – but choosing from one of these (especially if you don’t already have an account with one or multiple of them) can be overwhelming … not to mention the fact that all of their individually seemingly reasonable monthly price tags do add up over time.
So, what is a person to do if he or she needs to decompress from a rough week but cannot afford the additional monthly bills that most streaming services come with? Well, if this sounds like a predicament that you have run into at one point or another, I may just have the solution for you. Believe it or not, there are plenty of free movie streaming sites out there. Yes, that’s right, I said: “free.”
And when I say “free,” I do not mean ‘free, but read the fine print.” I’m talking about 100%, no strings attached, absolutely free to use any time of day or night. Does it sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. We live in a pretty remarkable time when the old ways of doing things are quickly becoming obsolete. Intellectual property has never been the same since the birth of the internet. Sure, there are plenty of entities out there who hate it (film studios, for one), but, like it or not, free and open content is the future of media consumption. But, luckily for us, it is also the present moment. You just have to know where to look.
And that’s where I come in. If there is a streaming site on the internet, free or otherwise, I will find it and bring it to your knowledge – well, granted it is worth knowing about. There are, of course, plenty of “free” movie streaming sites that are little more than empty ad space made to look as if they have free movies to stream when in reality, many of these sites are scams, fronts to sell ad space or, at their worst, track visitors and pump their computers full of viruses.
I guess what I am trying to say is that finding a solid free movie site on your own accord can be a dangerous and sketchy endeavor. Especially if you are doing so without the proper protective software. Alas, if you browse the rest of Streaming Sites, you will be able to find all of the programs necessary to protect yourself while visiting uncertain terrain online – for instance, a good combination of antivirus software, a VPN, and an ad blocker is a good place to start. That being said, the site that we’ll be looking at today has already been vetted by me, and I think it is safe to say that it will give you nothing (well, at the very least, little) to worry about.
The free movie streaming site that we’ll be delving into today is called Solar Movie. And, although there are a couple of little annoying things about it, it appears to be a solid free movie streaming site that not only has pretty much any movie you could be looking for but also makes it available in a very high-quality stream. But let’s stop beating around the bush and just get down to the meat and potatoes of the site, shall we?
Unfortunately, when it comes to “downpour” sites like this one, little is known about their history. Because, as I have already mentioned, government and powerful film studios are not crazy about sites like this being up in the first place, they kind of are forced to keep things under wraps. Therefore, very little (if anything at all) can be found online about where or who started Solar Movie, how, or why.
So, sites like Solar Movie are some of the best-kept secrets on the internet. And it’s probably good to keep them that way. That being said, the origins of Solar Movie probably do not matter nearly as much as the fact that it is still up and running to this day (and hopefully will continue to be so for years to come). With free movie streaming sites, it’s all about the now. And the now for Solar Movie looks pretty darn good.
Free movie streaming sites do not have the greatest reputations when it comes to site design. Many of them are sloppy, hard to navigate, and poorly organized. This probably has something to do with the fact that they are usually not operating with a great deal of funding behind them. Whatever the reason may be, it is somewhat difficult to find a free movie and TV streaming site that is well-designed.
Solar Movie, however, seems to smash this trope. This is easily one of the better free movie streaming sites that I have seen, in terms of design, if we are talking purely from a layout and aesthetical standpoint. The site has a clean look to it, with nice charcoal and beige theme. It is one of the rare free movie sites that actually have a professional feel to it.
The layout, too, is logical and easy to navigate. Simply browse by category in the site menu bar: Home, Genre, Country, Movies, TV Series, Top IMDB, or utilize the search bar. And below that, you’ll find a ton of titles for your browsing pleasure. Take a look at their suggested titles, or scroll down further and browse by medium (movie, tv-show, etc.), each of which can be further filtered by genre (All, Action, Thriller, Romance, etc.). This site simply makes sense, and it looks good in the process.
As I just mentioned, Solar Movie offers full-length feature films and episodes from TV series. I like the range of content that Solar Movie has to offer. Not only will you be able to find classics here, but you can also access brand-new films, even ones that are still in theaters at this very moment. Of course, there will be a bit of a spectrum when it comes to the video and audio quality of the newer movies (I mean, let’s be real if a movie came out yesterday, chances are the best version of it will be a camcorder recording that someone took in the movie theater). But when it comes to older movies, the quality of many of them is actually rather impressive – sometimes films and shows are even available in HD, believe it or not.
Mobile and Desktop Experience
It will probably come as no surprise that Solar Movie does not have a mobile app. Free movie streaming sites like this almost never do. That being said, this is one of the rare free movie streaming sites that offers a mobile experience that is comparable to its desktop experience. Their site, at the very least, is optimized for smartphones. So, that’s a relief.
What is not a relief, however, is how annoying the actual experiencer of browsing this site (on the phone or computer) can be. This is one of those annoying sites that throws a popup ad your way every time you click anywhere on the site. Look, I’m not opposed to ads, but when clicking on the scroll bar opens a new tab in my browser, that is where I draw the line.
Suggestions that I have for Solar Movie
Which brings me to my main suggestion for Solar Movie: please chill out with the popup ads. It’s one thing to sell ad space, it’s another to do so to the point where using your site becomes a hassle for the user. Or, if you must be so invasive with your ads, at the very least offer a premium version of the site that gets rid of ads. I, for one, would rather pay $5 to $10 a month to fully enjoy a site like this without the stress.