Review: Solo A Star Wars Story

Director: Ron Howard
Writers: Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan
Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson and Emilia Clarke

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Well… it was better than The Last Jedi.

Considering the backstage politics and troubles that LucasFilm had to maneuver to get this film into cinemas I’m actually impressed that it didn’t totally stink. With that being said I won’t be clamoring to see this movie a second time at the cinema and I won’t be hot on the heels of a blu-ray copy when it finally comes out.

Solo is certainly a better movie than The Last Jedi, and it feels more like “Star Wars” than any film has since the initial release of The Force Awakens. But with that being said there are still a vast number of issues with the film which kept me from enjoying it as much as I did Episode VII and Rogue One. Fortunately none of those issues were the cast of the film. Despite my worries I think Alden Ehrenreich did a great job as Han Solo, and although I think she’s good in Game of Thrones I’ve never really been impressed with Emilia Clarke outside of the show. So I was pleasantly surprised when she turned out to be one of the more likable characters in this movie.

It wasn’t all plain sailing on the character front though. The droid L3-37 portrayed by Phoebe Waller-Bridge was a strong character for my most disliked character in all of Star Wars. Rather than being endearing in her fight for equal-Droid-rights she instead came across as incredibly annoying and lacked any of the emotion of likability that K2-SO had in Rogue One.

The plot for the film is fine, which is a shame given the hype around what was referred to as “one of the best Star Wars scripts” prior to release. Given this was Kasdan’s swan-song I was really hoping for something more gripping. That doesn’t mean that the Galaxy has to be at stake, in fact it was nice for the focus of this movie to be much smaller and more personal. But it just lacked that un-tangible X-Factor which I was expecting from the Kasdan’s, and Star Wars in general. At times it very much felt like a McGuffin chase and that wasn’t enough to keep me interested.

The biggest issue I had with the movie however was the pacing. Never before have I checked my watch during a Star Wars film, but this one had me bored to tears during the middle third act. All my hopes for what the Spice Mines of Kessel could be like on the big screen were thoroughly let down by what equaled a very boring robbery.

One thing that does need highlighting as a positive however is the score. John Powell did a fantastic job and it’s definitely a good sign that the future of Star Wars music can succeed without John Williams at the helm anymore.

For what it’s worth I’m sure that this movie is far better than what would have been turned in if Ron Howard didn’t take the helm of a very troubled production. So kudos to Howard for taking on a very tough task of basically having to re-film the entire movie. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that most of my issues lie in the script itself and for that I have to criticise what I deem to be a pretty average movie with some isolated highlights.

Final Score: 6/10 Porgs
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Review: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

Director: J.A. Bayona
Writers: Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly
Stars: Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Pratt

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I know it’s cliched but Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom really is a film of two halves, and surprisingly the half I preferred was not the one I thought I would going in.

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Review: Deadpool 2

Director: David Leitch
Writers: Rhett Reese & Paul Wernick & Ryan Reynolds
Starring: Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin

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Following on from the astronomical success of the first Deadpool movie many would have not been surprised if 20th Century Fox panicked and did a complete re-hash of the first. Whilst there are certainly similarities in Deadpool 2 to the first movie – the crass humour which is reliant on 4th wall breaking knowledge, the self deprivation and the over-the-top violence – but the sequel does more than enough to significantly differentiate itself from the first also.

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Review: Avengers Infinity War

Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Starring: Everybody

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10 years of ground-breaking cinema has built up to this moment. It’s the culmination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date and by God does it deliver.

I usually like to write my reviews immediately after having seen a film, but with this one I felt as though I needed more time to digest what I had seen. It’s such a large movie, both in terms of the scale within which the action takes place, and the sheer production size that it can at times feel overwhelming, and taking some time out to process the movie before finalizing your thoughts is probably the best bet.

As always this review will be spoiler free and I implore everyone to try and go into this movie knowing as little as possible. Even the smallest of spoilers might detract from what is a piece of cinema like no other.

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