Solo: A Star Wars Story User Review

  • Coz22998
    Better than expected.....but still as misjudged as you thought it was when it was announced
    Review of Solo: A Star Wars Story Movie by Coz22998, May 26, 2018.
    Look, my expectations were low. Really low. I just didn't get why we needed to see anything of Solo before he arrives, perfectly and amazingly formed in Tatooine, blowing away bounty hunters before they get the chance to......you know.

    But to be fair, and especially given the very public production issues, this was an enjoyable blast of retro Star Wars fun. There were some solid set pieces (the recruitment of Solo and his Imperial journey followed by the train heist were both really excellent and the Kessel Run, while not being what I wanted it to be had some cracking shots), some decent surprises (the Lovecraftian surprise near the Maw...….:eek:) and for the most part, it had the tone and feel of the Original Trilogy - a gritty, grimy texture to it, with most aliens being physical and more human (and therefore more tangible) rather than childish space beasties. And Lando. Sweet, sweet Lando. Where does he get his wonderful capes?

    However, the film really ebbed and flowed, with every peak having an equal or greater trough - most of which were based around two key problems for the film: the first being several of the new characters - some just didn't work. At all. The new droid, L3, just baffled me - the humour, her ridiculous relationship with Lando, she was the anti-K-2SO. Lady Proxima was about as threatening as the caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland. And Emilia Clarke is just horrible - I can't warm to her in anything and she brought her Sarah Connor back in full effect. Finally, the less said about a very surprise cameo the better - :mad:.

    The other was Solo himself. In Star Wars, he was the perfect scoundrel, a rogue, with the humour coming from a mixture of misplaced bravado and his own nature. Trying to tell us how this type of character developed (which is what the film was going for - he ain't fully formed and this is a rollocking adventure of a young Ford) is incredibly difficult and ultimately why this film should never have existed. And while Ehrenreich does an admirable job, the character just doesn't work, it doesn't reconcile to or lead us to think of that original characterisation - he veers too much between broad as hell sob story of a difficult childhood, to chancer, to heartbroken good guy......none of which convinced me at all that that they were part of what made Ford's Solo.

    I thought it looked very nice (I liked the dark and murky look, all adding to that grungy, physical texture, with some cool OT designs and revisits), I thought it sounded dull (that score was completely anonymous apart from when the odd burst of OT anthem came through), most of the fan service was nicely played and while diverting as a space adventure with some interesting set pieces, it just completely didn't land the character of Solo.

    Better than it should have been, but it still left me with the feeling of just 'why bother....?'

    Pros

    • It felt like the OT......
    • ......with some decent setpieces......
    • ......and some nice fan service for hardcore OT-ites

    Cons

    • ......but it just got Solo wrong.......
    • ......never convincing that these exploits would form Ford's Solo in later years......
    • ......and please stop giving Emelia Clarke roles in tentpole movies please?

    Verdict

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    1. lucasisking and Evinger like this.
    • Evinger
      Thanks for the Review Coz. I enjoyed the Movie as a whole, and definitely there were some mis-steps
      (For instance in the Mine scenes, right at the start it is stated specifically that because of the restraints very few Guards were needed to control a lot of Workers, but when they are trying to get away in the Millenium Falcon there seems to be an endless stream of Guards, all of whom as always cannot shoot straight :))
      One thing that really got to me was the obligatory Car Stealing Scene the very first time we see Solo (I guess I don't have to spoiler this as it is in the Trailers!); Such an overused vehicle to introduce a character, and IMHO done much better in the Star Trek reboot introducing the young James T. Kirk.
    • lucasisking
      Great review as usual (annoyingly ;)). I agree with a lot of what you say.
    • Coz22998
      @Evinger cheers fella - hadn’t even thought about the car chase......doh!!! It’s one of those where the more I think about it logically, it grates.......but it has a decent old school SW feel that I did enjoy it. Honestly!!!! But there’s no getting away from the fact - I didn’t need to know a single thing about Solo before we see him in Star Wars. My enjoyment of that character increases precisely zero as a result of this film so it really does just beg the question.......why? Same with an Obi Wan movie, same with a Yoda one and didn’t we already have a bash at a Boba Fett prequel...? Look how that turned out.......

      They should be doing a gangster story in the SW universe, a western in the SW universe, hell a horror film set in the SW universe......anything that doesn’t involve characters we’ve already seen!!!!!!

      Rant over.......for now! ;)
      Evinger likes this.
    • Coz22998
      @lucasisking cheers matey. Come on, you do one too......just go full metal rant!!!! ;)
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