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Solo: a star wars story
a flawed yet fun and fast-paced space adventure, solo: a star wars story should satisfy newcomers to the saga as well as longtime fans who check their expectations at the theater door.
exceeding expectations is a phrase that comes to mind when talking about solo. this phrase comes to mind of course, because the film does absolutely nothing to exceed my already very low expectations.
- the score was good, albeit cheap. it was mostly comprised of slightly reworked john williams songs.
- chewbacca and lando were good actors.
- what should have been the most boring part of the film, the card game, turned out to be the most enjoyable bit.
- the film is so, utterly predictable, even with the 5 or 6 twists that happen in rapid succession. i swear i watched this film beat for beat a year ago when i predicted it.
- speaking of the twists (which were meant to be really dramatic). they were so bad that on a couple of occasions people in my audience laughed out loud.
- han solo basically becomes a side character in his own film, because he is so unnecessary to the plot that he could have been cut out entirely.
- move over jar jar binks, there's a new most annoying character in town, and its name is l3-37. i have never in my life seen a message in a film be so forced down your throat in such an awful fashion. this character is so poorly written that it's baffling.
- the dialouge in this film is absolutely unbelievable (with my personal favourite line being "big shot gangster putting together a crew").
- all the actors (apart from the two aforementioned) are all very stale and forgettable.
solo is by no means a good film. if i had to rank it it would go above the prequels but below the last jedi. it fails at almost everything it sets out to do, all the while ruining some of star wars best mythos (like the kessel run). i may be being just a little harsh, but i definitely won't be losing sleep over giving solo: a star wars story a 3/10.