Ohayo friends of the light-play-house.
No real O@tM today, will deliver that in about two months from now or as soon as the Blu-Ray of Solo: A Star Wars Story becomes available on the dark side of the innerwebz. It just happens that hubby and me watched Solo in a cinema, in a German dubbed version and it was … fine, just fine.
First things first: We had the honour to watch – after the ok-ish Rogue One – another Star Wars Story. And Solo was heaps and bounds better than the “real” Star Wars episodes VII and VIII. The way I see it Kathleen Kennedy, JJ Abrams and Brian Johnson perfectly sank the whole canon, hook, line and sinker; and now the onus is on the singular Stories to deliver where the canon saga fuked up. And we think they did rather well in that regard.
With the emerging demand of hyperfuel and other resources, Han Solo finds himself in the middle of a heist alongside other criminals, where they meet the likes of Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian in an adventurous situation exposing the criminal underworld of the Star Wars saga.
Was it really necessary to fill in the blanks in Han Solo’s curriculum vitae? Did they have to make an origin story about the young Han? No, absolutely not. So what? It was mildly amusing to watch this crime caper movie about a big heist.
And of course, like in every good crime caper, the heist doesn’t work out quite as planned. Or did it? Anyhoo, no character in our small ensemble of choice assholes is to be trusted. Everybody’s playing a double game.
If this movie wasn’t so completely insignificant it would have been better than Rogue One. Faster, with more action, more upbeat, funnier and, with its generally light tone, somewhat charming.
Speaking about charming, in that aspect it’s gotta be said that Alden Ehrenreich ain’t the second coming of a young Harrison Ford … and that is ok and fine. When you view Solo as a freestanding space opera and not as part of the bigger SW canon it’s fine. Not the best flick ever but also not the worst.
So, the acting was okay all trough the whole ensemble. I guess we haven’t seen any Oscar performances but Ehrenreich delivered a good job and wasn’t the worst part of the crew.
Emilia Clarke was good but not half as good as in GoT, and Woody Harrelson phoned his lines in. Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton were almost criminally underutilized. But a real positive surprise for us was Donald Glover as really charismatic Lando Calrissian and Joonas Suotamo as a finally fully fleshed out Chewbacca. Yes, a point more for the canon episodes to be ashamed of themselves. A mere SW Stories flick finally does justice to one of the handful original heroes.
The story was ok-ish, did deliver some twists and turns but nothing really surprising. For my taste Solo was too much about action and not enough drama. But it was quite fast paced and never boring. So I’ve got nothing to complain.
CONCLUSION: Yes, it’s much too early for a real conclusion, too fresh is the impact of Solo on us. No, I don’t regret not having boycotted Solo. If you know Orca you must know that she was never one to follow the herd. It’s just a movie, you guys. No Star Wars movie ever was really good enough to justify such a giant fandom and franchise. Episodes IV – VI were as childish and illogical as the later Episodes I – III or the latest VII and VIII.
Yes, Kennedy, Abrams and Johnson are idiots and bloody incompetent and careless af. Traitors to the fandom they are not. Guys, those people don’t owe us shit, they don’t owe the canon and/or George Lucas shit. Lucas has lifted Kennedy into her position and sold his franchise to Disney, knowing exactly what he was doing.
Of course it’s a shame what they did to Star Wars in the greater scheme of things but not enough to keep me away from my guilty pleasure. =^.^=