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Well, that's my three cents. I think Ron Howard crafted a near perfect episode to the saga. A good script done with a lot of tongue-in-cheek humor and done in a more "realistic" way than the other "stories". What I mean by "realistic" is that the action unwinds at deliberate pace over the usual frenetic pace with entire armies chasing down three people 65% of the time. It was a good, solid story that doesn't wear you out or bore you.
Alden Ehrenreich, Han Solo, was perhaps the weakest link in the cast. Not his fault but more so the writing. He played a very young, hard-headed, wiseacre every moment he was on screen. I understand trying to conjure up Han as a young person but they really seemed to ring the bell on it. Otherwise, Harrelson, Bettany, Clarke, Newton, and assorted wookies and robots were all great (for a Star Wars film). Everything was up to par and I look forward to further "Solo" features over all the rest.
4 wonks for an action-adventure film with "normal" cinematic undertones
1 wank for a hyper Han Solo who will, hopefully, mature a bit next film
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Yes, they showed how Han and Chewie met and how Han got the Millennium Falcon but, aside from that, it was pretty much standalone and done tongue in cheek. I loved how they played the Han and parsec/speed thing up.
Wouldn't personally classify it as the best, but I enjoyed it plenty. I am a Star Wars guy...
Disney is trying to make the purchase price back to fast. I suppose the fans will be seeing new releases for the several more decades.
...not that box office alone is any indicator of a movie's quality....but.....
Many classic movies didn't start as box office favorites. Indicating movies should only be judged on the product, not the hype.
Last min script rewrites, change of director etc. Weak story, mostly lame acting, and a macro time line that does not make sense in the context of the larger SW story from EP1-EP4.
Han Solo will be the lemon of the franchise.
Rogue One was a good flic in comparison. The viewer gained insight into the idealism/pragmatism struggle within the Rebel leadership. There was a definite link to other SW movies, and it was plausible. Yeah the pan cultural cast was 21st cent PC, but a blind Jedi made perfect sense.
The film had it's enjoyable moments, but the timeline in perspective just didn't work.... Especially after the introduction of a character from other episodes. How old is everyone here? I too felt that the guy playing Han was the weak link in the chain. Rogue One was a far better film. I have been there with Star Wars since the beginning. I actually saw episode #4 on a sneak peak at the AVCO Westwood near UCLA before the film actually debuted to the public. At the end of the film, people were jumping up and down on their seats as the credits rolled.... I can assure you that DIDN'T happen here! I like Ron Howard as a director, but this certainly was NOT his best work......
I am not a comic book person nor Stars Wars person. I don't get into the minutiae of all the series. I don't care about all the boring timelines. I just look at these films for entertainment on a stand alone basis. I liked this one better than the others. I'll just have to redux and see what changes.
. . . They were not very...ahh...positive? Was going to pass on this one but maybe I'll have to have a look during midweek as cheap matinee.
Critics are just career frustrated leeches. We give viewer impressions here, right? I liked it okay. Even better than all the Obiewan crap and Emperor crap. It was fresh and not a war movie.
. . . Tomato Meter: reviewer = 71% (OK) but audience = 57% (almost a green splat). Audiences have usually been more appreciative of the Star Wars offerings than reviewers. Something's amiss.. Guess I'll just have to find out for myself.
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