Solo: A Star Wars Story

Ohayo friends of the light-play-house.

Almost empty theatre: The Fandom Menace. 😮

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.

Don’t come cryin’ to us now, Disney! Orca and hubby paid their due. Well, hubby did; SJW Orca, as the caretaker, got in for free. =^.^=

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.

Not a bad movie

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.

IMDb: 7.2

“Chewie, we’re in the wrong movie.”

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.

“I have a bad feeling about this.” (Harrelson)

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.

Thandie Newton in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
“Don’t mind me, I’m merely an overly aggressive, strong woman throwaway character.” (Thandie Newton).

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.

Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, and Alden Ehrenreich in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Is this the new Childish Gambino music video?

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.

Alden Ehrenreich in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
What a piece of garbage.

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.

Woody Harrelson, Alden Ehrenreich, and Joonas Suotamo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
The Millenial Flamingo used to be quite in shipshape form in its early days.

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.

Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
The infamous Kessel Run almost ended in a catastrophe … and only in 12 parsecs if you round the time down. Did we need to know this?

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.

Erin Kellyman in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Don’t listen to the rumours in the SW fandom. It really doesn’t matter who’s mother Enfys Nest (Erin Kellyman) is. SPOILER ALERT: As it turns out she’s a proto-terrorist and the mother of a certain rebellion we all love and support.

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.

Young Qui-ra (Clarke) and Han (Ehrenreich) joyriding.

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.

Alden Ehrenreich and Joonas Suotamo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Han and Chewie in trouble … tell me news.

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. =^.^=

Lando (Glover)is a more lovable scoundrel than Han (Ehrenreich).


    • LOL, Silberling, wir sind schon seit Freitag abend wieder zuhause. Seit einigen Jahren betreiben wir nur noch Guerilla Tourismus: Kommen an, erledigen alles Notwendige und fliegen wieder ab. So SWUUUUSCH!!! …


  1. Warte ab, bis wir in die Jahre kommen, dann treffen wir uns doch mal als “Omi Orcsi” und “Oma Silb(a)” in good old HH! 😉 Hoffe, ihr hattet ne schöne Zeit hier; Wetter war/ist ja mehr als sommerlich. LG

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    • Hah! Ich werde nie zur Oma! Soweit kommt dat noch. Punky funky fresh Wiebke ne Oma. 😮 Neee ne. Keine kidz ergo keine Enkel!!!
      Und ja, danke der Nachfrage, hatten ne gute Zeit soweit es ging. Wetter war ja erste Sahne. Isses immer noch? Cool. Hier auch. Keine Wolke am Himmel, alles blau und schön sonnig, nur eben arschkalt sobald die Sonne wech is. Als wir ankamen hatten die Kapststädter gerade zwei Tage Dauerregen hinter sich, so richtig mit Sturm und Schiet und abgesoffenen Kellern und Flüssen die über die Ufer treten und so. Wie man’s ja auch aus Deutschland kennt.
      Ja, nächstes Jahr versuchen wir das aber wirklich mal uns zu treffen. Bis denni …
      xox oxo


    • Zu blöd, dass ich keine Ahnung habe, wie WordPress Blogs aussehen wenn man nur Leser ist. Ich schalte nur den Compi an und bin bereit zu bloggen. Und bin auch bei allen anderen WP Bloggos registriert. Keine Anmeldung, kein Passwort notwendig. Du musst dich wirklich jedes Mal anmelden, nur um nen comment zu schicken? Wie doof ist das denn bitte? Und WP macht dich nicht mal drauf aufmerksam? Wirklich sehr doof. 😦


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