Funeral service for the RT site is this Thursday.
Memes aside, what's up people! I miss you all very much and I hope you're all doing well. I just saw Solo: A Star Wars Story and thought I'd post my review of it here! (Oops I copy and pasted it from my Reddit post again just like my last Star Wars review. I'm still lazy, whoda thought?)
This was a very interesting movie for me. There were points where I was thinking, "This is phenomenal" and others where I was thinking about all the other things I could be doing with this 2 hours. Despite these moments, I thought the movie was good.
Sound production/score: Ho-ly-cow. I don't know if it had something to do with it being an Ultra screen theater, but some of the audio aspects of the film just blew me away. In the original heist with Beckett and the gang, I could hear hear snow and wind effects in the back speakers of the theater. This was similarly noted during the Kessel Run; there were roars/crashes/shocks from all around the theater layered between the "important" audio. On top of this, the music was absolutely phenomenal. This is something that I feel redeemed the film in the end. The music not only tied together, but truly brought more depth to key scenes.
Major scenes: For me, both the L3 slave rebellion and Kessel Run scenes just blew me away. I was on the edge of my seat for both of them. They helped add some relevant action to the film and kept the pace going.
The super-mega-plottwist ending sequence: Once you fully comprehend what's happening (which is hard to do with how much happens at once) the ending is very, very creatively done. Each moment you think, "Oh, I didn't see that coming!" you're immediately slapped in the face with another surprise. All save one (which I will get into later) added it's own little touch to the moment. It really helped end the film on a high note.
Humor: There were many points where humor actually really added to the situation. The whole "It's 12 if you round down!" moment had me rolling, along with the "I hate you." "I know." moment between Han and Lando. It was a funny quip that cleverly called back to Princess Leia's (Rest in Peace Carrie) and Han's touching-yet-hilariously-suiting scene.
Misplayed character deaths: Personally, I really wasn't that upset by any of the major deaths, especially the super early ones (i.e. Val and Rio) The early ones I can play off as too early of a death. We haven't had time to develop an attachment to the characters. As for Beckett, I'm not so sure. I think it's because I feel the scene itself went a little too fast. It was sort of like "Oh, what, that just happened?" If they had dragged out the "He's about to shoot you" moment just a tiny bit longer, I feel it would have went better.
Predictable character introductions: Specifically here Chewie and Lando. Lando I can really accept; maybe they were going for a bit of humor there by discussing a "Charismatic, dashing, intelligent ace pilot" to make the audience go "Oh Lando...", and I can respect that if that was the goal. Chewie, however, I'm a bit underwhelmed. As soon as I heard the words "Feed him to the beast" I was thinking "This is gonna be Chewbacca, isn't it?". I think the idea of them meeting in an Imperial prison is cool, but I wish they had made it less obvious.
The "um" in humor: Puns aside, there were a couple of moments that made me go "who thought this was a good idea?" When Qi'ra and L3 were discussing...er....love and had their "How does that even work?" conversation, some guy in the back of the theater yelled "They're fucking the robots?!". The Chewie and Han shower scene was less weird, but still a little weird. There were other moments that weren't weird per say, just kind of corny. Referencing other movies with lines such as L3's "But they don't even serve our kind here!" were met with more groans than chuckles.
Darth Maul: I didn't think this scene was bad, I just...well, I don't really know what I think of it. That moment almost acted like a teaser to a later movie, but the next movies are the original trilogy, and we know he makes 0 appearance there, so I'm not quite sure what the goal was with it. It was awesome to go "Holy cow, Darth Maul!", but it neither added nor subtracted to the plot.
The Ford Dilemma: This is something I really struggled with throughout the film. Alden Ehrenreich was fantastic in his role...but he's not Harrison Ford. He has the swagger, he has the acting skills, but he's just not the original, and that really threw me off. I akin it to seeing someone than Daniel Radcliffe play Harry Potter. It doesn't make it automatically bad, it's just very...unfamiliar. This made the whole film almost seem for me like a really good backstory to someone who isn't Han Solo. I just really had a hard time connecting this plot to Han specifically as a character.
Small Visual Things: This really wasn't a factor in my opinion of the movie, but just a few visual things were kind of annoying: again, this might because of the Ultra-screen, I'm not sure. Both the very very very opening hotwiring scene, along with the Robot fighting scene hurt to look at. Just bright flashes of light on most of screen in an otherwise dark scene was a bit of an offput. The only CG problem I noticed was the alien in the "spacesuit" in the original Lando-Han card game. His head looked a bit unfinished.
Overall, I really enjoyed the movie. Solo has it's moments where it shines, but others where the audience feels like swallowing some Coaxium. In my opinion, I give the movie a 7.5/10. It was a good first watch, but I'm not sure if I'd want to see it again in theaters.