Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Han Solo: cool, suave, cheeky grin. Shoots first, knows you love him. Almost certainly the best character in Star Wars. And once did the Kessel run in 12 parsecs, don’t ya know?

I had mixed feelings about this film – going in, and coming out. I like the Star Wars universe, it’s got a lot going for it that we maybe haven’t seen the best of via the main movies. So sure, let’s have another story set here, where aliens and humans and droids and all sorts of things mingle on planets of every type not just deserts, honest. I’m not entirely sure it needed to be this story, though: did we really need that cool-guy mythos broken down and laid out quite so much?

That aside, Solo is a fun watch. There’s a teenie little bit of the social commentary stuff that led to such a slow chunk of The Force Awakens, but mostly it’s just action, some laughs, more action, and plenty of nods to events and knowledge that viewers of the original movies will ‘get’.

I think the cast did very well here, especially Alden Ehrenreich with his near-impossible task of being Harrison Ford – he’s not as cool, but I suppose will grow into it 😉 Stand out for me was probably Phoebe Waller-Bridge as droid L3, done with such swagger and a chip on her shoulder the size of (“that’s not”) a moon (!). I wasn’t quite so taken with Paul Bettany’s baddie, but that might have been finding his menace less disturbing than why he had a face full of stretch marks o_O

Plot-wise it’s got few surprises, but it does try to cram quite a lot into the 2 and a quarter hours to stop you thinking too much. And that’s rather what I like from a trip to the cinema!

Released: 24th May 2018
Viewed: 25th May 2018
Running time: 135 minutes
Rated: 12A

My rating: 7.5/10 –  I think this would have been better as a complete stand-alone rather than a prequel, tbh

5 thoughts on “Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

  1. I agree! Lando and L33T were my favourite characters; Alden Ehrenreich was great, and there was a lot I enjoyed… *but*… I was left wondering if I’d’ve enjoyed it more if the original directors had been allowed to finish it? I think it could’ve done with a bit more madcap oomph.

    (‘Madcap oomph’ is as specific as I can get…)

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    1. Yeah, in avoiding reading much ’til I’d seen it, I hadn’t realised Ron Howard had basically reshot most of it rather than just finishing things off. Who knows what might have been?!

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  2. Haven’t seen it. Not sure I want to. The last few reboots of the SW universe have been disappointing to me because they were basically dressed up rehashed story line. The most interesting parts of the Last Jedi for me were the shortest. I guess surprisingly enough, I’m just not enough of a geek to really enjoy them. We almost went last weekend to a drive in to see Solo, but decided to stay home and do chores instead, and I guess that says pretty much how much we want to see this one, or any other….

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