May 26, 2018

[ Contributor Review ] Solo: A Rollicking Star Wars Story

Editors Note: Solo officially opened on Friday, May 25. We received a media invite to preview the movie. Our Contributor Dale covered the movie. Check out his straight-to-the-point take on Solo.
If you are an uber-Star Wars fan, have seen all the movies a gazillion times, and own one or more sets of Star Wars pajamas or bedsheets (who am I to judge), then this review will not sway you one way or the other. Stop. Go buy your tickets, if you haven’t already. Enjoy the movie, because you will enjoy the movie. Repeat. Let’s face it. You’ve already planned to see this movie more than once anyway. Right? Good. Now get out of here!
For the rest of us, let’s begin.

Han Solo / Photo courtesy of Disney

Solo is not a groundbreaking movie. Nor does it add anything space-shattering to the Star Wars stories told so far. It tells the story of friendship, love, and adventure. It has a train robbery, a car, I mean, landspeeder chase, crosses, double-crosses, deceit, thievery, explosions, gun battles, spaceships, funny quips and one-liners, and droids. Lots of droids. That said, it is a fun ride and quite enjoyable.
L3-37 / Photo courtesy of Disney

Speaking of droids, L3-37 was one of the film’s highlights. Phoebe Waller Bridge’s performance and corresponding special effects work are one of the brightest spots of the movie. L3-37’s honest opinions and demands for droid rights have parallels to our current plights for gender and racial equality.

Qi'ra / Photo courtesy of Disney

Tobias Beckett / Photo courtesy of Disney

Alden Ehrenreich’s portrayal of Han Solo was good. He made the character his own but also pays homage to Harrison Ford with the mimicking of his facial expressions and body language. Woody Harrelson seems to pop up a lot lately in epic sci-fi franchises. In Solo as Tobias Beckett, that’s a good thing. You can see shades of what Han becomes in A New Hope in his relationship with Tobias.

Solo: A Star Wars story is a fast paced adventure full of predictable twists and turns, fun dialog, and decent performances. You need not know anything about Star Wars to enjoy Solo. The end scenes speak to possible further adventures with Han, Chewie, Qi-Ra, and the surprise cameo at the end. I am looking forward to more adventures in the Star Wars universe that don’t include the Skywalker clan. This universe is rich and diverse and has many stories to tell. With the proposed Obi Wan and Boba Fett movies on the horizon, I have a good feeling about this.

- Peter Mayhew who originally played the beloved Wookie is 7'3 tall.
- Joonas Soutamo, the new Chewie is 6'10 tall. Chewie shrunk just a bit.

++ All photo courtesy of Disney

Dale Guadagna, aka Mr. Zensible Mama, touts the benefits and advantages of a Tai Chi Lifestyle over at the Lake Norman Tai Chi Blog, the business/health blog for Lake Norman Tai Chi Center in Cornelius, NC, where he doesn't blog enough. He also has a personal blog, Incoherent Thoughts where he doesn't blog at all. You can also read his non-tweets via @Dalefg. When he's not busy blogging, he works as a Scrum Master, teaches Tai Chi, makes attempts at being a husband to the Zensible Mama and a father to the Anime Princess Scholar. He's also very good at avoiding any home improvement projects.


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