Monday, May 28, 2018
SOLO is so awesome
I admit that THE LAST JEDI left me a little chilled, if not cold, with some of the choices made by the singular writer/director. And my solace was that THE Lawrence Kasdan had helped write SOLO.
SOLO is out and may not be making the kind of bank I think it deserves (though I think it will have legs), it is such a warm and joyous film that appeals to the very core of the very heart of this fanboy.
Alden Ehrenreich is so effortlessly Han Solo, that you don't really miss Harrison Ford. And how hard must that have been? He is Han Solo. The character. Sure, he has Ford's posture, some vocal cadences and devil-may-care swagger, but he is not imitating Ford. He is inhabiting Han. No easy feat.
We get the scamp turned rogue, we get the meeting of Chewie and Lando, we get two major card games, we get massive action set pieces, romance, and so many little Easter eggs it will take repeat viewings to find them all. (Crystal skull anyone? A massive bridge between the animated shows and the movie world, and some really honest feeling moments of early growth of a future hero.)
This is a quick review, but - damn! This is part far-flung adventure, classic storytelling beats and characters mixed with comedy that is not-forced.
This easily sets up another film or two with this cast. And I feel confident that a new generation of hope for Star Wars is in full bloom!
I'll be back for more SOLO. You should be too!