My Solo mini-review.

Short version: Solo is a decent heist flick, when judged on its own merits.  It is impossible to judge the movie on its own merits, however. Why? Because the second half of the title is A Star Wars Story.

Slightly longer version: Solo is not glorious cinema, by any stretch of the imagination.  But it is a perfectly good science fiction heist flick with decent performances and reasonable pacing.  The problem is, of course, that it’s a Star Wars movie, which means that people will have Views.  Particularly since it’s likely to make a lot of money at the box office (it’s gonna have to).

All in all, I had a good time.  The inevitable sequel was set up in a non-aggravating fashion, the Solo/Chewie dynamic was presented in a believable way while still leaving room to develop further, and if there was a message deeper than criminal organizations are horrible things that do horrible things I missed it. Oh, sure, there was all that stuff about how everybody will betray you in the end, but come on: Chewbacca is right there.  That riff came already pre-self-sabotaged, is what I’m saying.


  • Belcatar says:

    You’re holding out on us. That’s not what I want to know. Story? Who cares? Effects? Bah. What I want to know is how good Clint Howard was. I suspect the entire movie hinges on his performance.

  • 1_rick says:

    Box Office Mojo shows it with an estimated $35 million Friday. That’s not very good considering Force Awakens had a $119 million opening Friday.

    • 1_rick says:

      Having said that, it was, as Moe says, a serviceable heist flick. It wasn’t bad, either, but they definitely should’ve sent Kathleen Kennedy to a vacation somewhere with no cell signal for the last couple of months.

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