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Britt in VA : 10/10/2019 4:24 pm
Was home sick today, and ended up watching this. Saw it in the theater originally with my son, couldn't remember much other than not really feeling anything one way or the other, and it had been on my list to revisit so...

What a fun movie! Starts out clunky, but really gets going and by the end, I could buy in to Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo (which I didn't think I could and perhaps was what I struggled with the first time).

I know there's a movement out there for a sequel. Add me to it, I'd like to see where that goes next. Maybe a Disney Plus Series?
Of all the Star Wars movies for the critics and fans to take a stand  
Essex : 10/10/2019 4:35 pm : link
that this needs to end, I could never get why it was Solo. I also thought Solo was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. In fact, I liked that and Rogue One much more than anything that has been done since Episode 5 (Empire).
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mfsd : 10/10/2019 4:37 pm : link
Solo was one I liked a lot more than critics and many fans did.

Sure, there were things to quibble about, it wasnít perfect, but I found it a thoroughly enjoyable Star Wars film
+3  
Andrew in Austin : 10/10/2019 4:38 pm : link
I thoroughly enjoyed it and so did my kids!
RE: Of all the Star Wars movies for the critics and fans to take a stand  
AcidTest : 10/10/2019 4:42 pm : link
In comment 14621526 Essex said:
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that this needs to end, I could never get why it was Solo. I also thought Solo was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. In fact, I liked that and Rogue One much more than anything that has been done since Episode 5 (Empire).


+4. Fun movie. RO was also very good.
I loved it.  
Pete in MD : 10/10/2019 4:45 pm : link
It was just an enjoyable movie. Itís not easy to try to play an iconic character but I think he did a fine job. Glover was awesome as Lando. My only issue is that they had to shoehorn all of Hanís backstory into a short period of time but thatís what movies do.
RE: Of all the Star Wars movies for the critics and fans to take a stand  
Matt M. : 10/10/2019 4:47 pm : link
In comment 14621526 Essex said:
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that this needs to end, I could never get why it was Solo. I also thought Solo was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. In fact, I liked that and Rogue One much more than anything that has been done since Episode 5 (Empire).
Ditto. I really enjoyed this movie. I certainly have liked their stand alone projects more than the new trilogy.
RE: I loved it.  
Matt M. : 10/10/2019 4:48 pm : link
In comment 14621538 Pete in MD said:
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It was just an enjoyable movie. Itís not easy to try to play an iconic character but I think he did a fine job. Glover was awesome as Lando. My only issue is that they had to shoehorn all of Hanís backstory into a short period of time but thatís what movies do.
But, they did a nice job with it. They also ended it right where a sequel could be really interesting, as it would cover whatever period (a few years? 5-10 years?) between Solo and Episode 4.
The movie should have  
Bob in VA : 10/10/2019 4:49 pm : link
Given us how "its not my fault!" came to be.
I thought it was much better  
Don in DC : 10/10/2019 4:50 pm : link
than the fan reaction credited. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
Ron Howard likely saved the film from being a disaster.  
Mr. Bungle : 10/10/2019 4:52 pm : link
That said, it was a "watch once, no need to watch again" movie for me. I just didn't find it particularly interesting. B- action movie fare. I certainly didn't feel like I was watching a younger Han Solo. It felt like a completely different (far less interesting) character to me.

Anthony Ingruber not getting cast as Han is one of Kathleen Kennedy's (many) big mistakes since the Disney acquisition. I think the exact same movie with Ingruber in the role would have made a tangible improvement.

And, honestly, Han's backstory is a story I didn't want or need. Seeing him mysteriously show up in Mos Eisley is exactly how his character arc should begin.
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Don in DC : 10/10/2019 4:53 pm : link
In comment 14621545 Matt M. said:
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Ditto. I really enjoyed this movie. I certainly have liked their stand alone projects more than the new trilogy.


I think The Force Awakens got a bad rap. I loved it.

However, The Last Jedi was perhaps the biggest cinematic disappointment of my life. I had been looking forward to seeking Luke tear shit up as a true Jedi Master since I was 12 years old and they cop out with that shit?

Fucking lame.
RE: I thought it was much better  
Matt M. : 10/10/2019 4:54 pm : link
In comment 14621551 Don in DC said:
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than the fan reaction credited. Enjoyed it quite a bit.
More people than not that I know enjoyed it. I know I, and my boys, really enjoyed it. I especially loved Chewbacca. I thought they did decent justice to his backstory for a film not primarily about him. In my opinion, he's an underrated character in the saga.
Agree  
Moondawg : 10/10/2019 5:00 pm : link
I thought it was a really fun movie but it had the unfortunate situation of following the Last Jedi which really polarized fans.
I  
Nick in LA : 10/10/2019 5:00 pm : link
never understood the hate for this film. I enjoyed the hell out of it. I hope they do another one.
On a semi-related topic,  
Mr. Bungle : 10/10/2019 5:12 pm : link
I really need to temper my excitement for The Mandalorian. It's always safer to go in with moderate expectations.

But I am super-psyched for it. I feel very similarly to the way I felt in the months leading up to Rogue One. Something just feels very, very right about it...
I enjoyed it  
Johnny5 : 10/10/2019 5:23 pm : link
I thought it was pretty good, maybe because the reviews were not good.

I especially liked Khaleesi
It was alright. I don't think of it as Solo's backstory  
Sneakers O'toole : 10/10/2019 5:39 pm : link
It didn't feel like it was the same character. Glover was a good Lando and was probably the best performance.

It was a decently fun watch, not something I will likely watch again unless they did do a sequel, which is unlikely.
I should add, the actor playing Solo did fine  
Sneakers O'toole : 10/10/2019 5:40 pm : link
My disconnect was more with the writing.
RE: I should add, the actor playing Solo did fine  
Johnny5 : 10/10/2019 6:04 pm : link
In comment 14621611 Sneakers O'toole said:
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My disconnect was more with the writing.

Yeah it started a bit goofy, but I thought it got much better as it played out.
Rogue One is my favorite Disney Wars film so far  
Sneakers O'toole : 10/10/2019 6:06 pm : link
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A Star Wars movie so bad  
RasputinPrime : 10/10/2019 6:07 pm : link
it forced Disney to change direction.

Han deserved better than the death he got. The prequel didn't do him any favors either.
I agree with Sneakers,  
Mad Mike : 10/10/2019 6:20 pm : link
I didn't mind it, but it didn't do that much for me. Certainly well above the prequels, but nothing special, imo. Rogue One I liked a lot, probably my favorite after IV and V.
I really enjoyed it  
Joey in VA : 10/10/2019 6:38 pm : link
I love Han Solo and his story so I was skeptical but that kid absolutely drills the role and the backstory with Chewie is awesome. It's easily my favorite of the reboots aside from the Force Awakens.
Fun film, and you hit the nail on the head.  
NYGmen58 : 10/10/2019 6:54 pm : link
Interesting thing is it DID start clunky bc it began filing under the original director. You can tell once Ron Howard took over and turned it into a good Star Wars movie.

Wasnít Rogue One good but far better than TFA and obviously TLJ.

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never heard there was a movement out for a sequel  
madgiantscow009 : 10/10/2019 7:06 pm : link
and I follow it occasionally.
RE: Rogue One is my favorite Disney Wars film so far  
Mr. Bungle : 10/12/2019 12:11 am : link
In comment 14621641 Sneakers O'toole said:
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By far, for me.
Mr. Bungle  
GiantSteps : 10/16/2019 10:31 am : link
Man. I didn't know about Anthony Ingruber. Googled him and saw a clip of him in Age of Adaline (playing a younger vesion of Harrison Ford's character) and also a clip of him doing Han's monologue from Mos Eisley.

Man. How do you whiff on that call? He'd have been perfect! I didn't mind Alden Ehrenreich, and I enjoyed the film overall...loved Donald Glover as a young Lando, thought it was setting up a nice little arc with Darth Maul, overall pretty fun. But Ingruber would've been awesome. Seems like an obvious choice when you watch him.
Man.  
GiantSteps : 10/16/2019 10:32 am : link
Man.



Sorry about that.
The only problem i had with it  
cjac : 10/16/2019 10:36 am : link
is that the Falcon didnt really make the Kessel run in 12 parsecs
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Mr. Bungle : 10/16/2019 10:47 am : link
In comment 14630695 GiantSteps said:
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Man.



Sorry about that.

Your point was worth two "Man"s.

It should have been Ingruber.
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Britt in VA : 10/16/2019 11:01 am : link
In comment 14630693 GiantSteps said:
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Man. I didn't know about Anthony Ingruber. Googled him and saw a clip of him in Age of Adaline (playing a younger vesion of Harrison Ford's character) and also a clip of him doing Han's monologue from Mos Eisley.

Man. How do you whiff on that call? He'd have been perfect! I didn't mind Alden Ehrenreich, and I enjoyed the film overall...loved Donald Glover as a young Lando, thought it was setting up a nice little arc with Darth Maul, overall pretty fun. But Ingruber would've been awesome. Seems like an obvious choice when you watch him.


Here's the problem with the Ingruber complaint. How does anybody know if he's a legit actor that can carry a film? He was a youtube impersonation sensation that landed a bit part as Ford's son. That's the extent of his resume.

Who knows if he has the chops to carry a blockbuster film. He's just a good impersonator.
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islander1 : 10/16/2019 12:59 pm : link
In comment 14621526 Essex said:
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that this needs to end, I could never get why it was Solo. I also thought Solo was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. In fact, I liked that and Rogue One much more than anything that has been done since Episode 5 (Empire).


Agreed. As someone who disliked Episode 8 enough to decide not to watch 9 when it comes out this winter....I waited a couple weeks before finally seeing Solo with my family and generally thought it was solid. Especially factoring in Ron Howard having to take it over near the end.
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Matt in SGS : 10/16/2019 1:19 pm : link
In comment 14630906 islander1 said:
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that this needs to end, I could never get why it was Solo. I also thought Solo was a lot of fun and I enjoyed it. In fact, I liked that and Rogue One much more than anything that has been done since Episode 5 (Empire).



Agreed. As someone who disliked Episode 8 enough to decide not to watch 9 when it comes out this winter....I waited a couple weeks before finally seeing Solo with my family and generally thought it was solid. Especially factoring in Ron Howard having to take it over near the end.


As a lifelong Star Wars fan who grew up in the sweet spot of the late 70s/early 1980s when the original Kenner toys came out (and thanks to my mother never throwing any out, still are in boxes somewhere) Episode 8 was clearly a middle finger to older Star Wars fans to basically kill off all the old guard and get ready for the new story. Essentially it was the Transformers movie in the mid 1980s when they killed Optimus Prime like 10 minutes in. I'm going to watch Episode 9 only to put the bow on it, but for me, the original trilogy really is "Star Wars". The prequels were George Lucas unchecked and the final 3 movies are what happens when a corporate overlord takes over to reboot a franchise to sell shit. Empire Strikes Back remains one of the few movies that I will drop what I'm doing and will watch if I ever see it on the screen.

As for this post and Solo, I actually enjoyed it. What hurt it at the box office was all the director drama that hit the news before it and everyone knew that Ron Howard had to do something to save it. The unsaid undercurrent that we are led to believe that young Lando banged the droid I could have done without....
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Mr. Bungle : 10/16/2019 1:39 pm : link
In comment 14630744 Britt in VA said:
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Here's the problem with the Ingruber complaint. How does anybody know if he's a legit actor that can carry a film? He was a youtube impersonation sensation that landed a bit part as Ford's son. That's the extent of his resume.

Who knows if he has the chops to carry a blockbuster film. He's just a good impersonator.

They had to bring in Maggie Kiley to coach up Alden Ehrenreich, so they could have just done that with a guy who was a better natural fit.

And Daisey Ridley and John Boyega never carried a blockbuster film before. And Lucasfilm hired both of them.
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Mr. Bungle : 10/16/2019 1:40 pm : link
In comment 14630744 Britt in VA said:
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He was a youtube impersonation sensation that landed a bit part as Ford's son.

He played a younger version of Harrison Ford's character, not Ford's character's son.
But they were all actual actors.  
Britt in VA : 10/16/2019 1:42 pm : link
Ingruber has zero experience, and other than that bit part he got because of the youtube thing, he still has none. We don't know if he's anything more than a good impersonator. Harrison Ford did the scene, Ingruber just copied it verbatim and studied his mannerisms.

That doesn't fly when you're working with new material. You need a real actor.
not interested  
madgiantscow009 : 10/16/2019 1:47 pm : link
in a star wars series that hates star wars and their fans.
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Mr. Bungle : 10/16/2019 1:49 pm : link
In comment 14630927 Matt in SGS said:
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As a lifelong Star Wars fan who grew up in the sweet spot of the late 70s/early 1980s when the original Kenner toys came out...Episode 8 was clearly a middle finger to older Star Wars fans to basically kill off all the old guard and get ready for the new story...I'm going to watch Episode 9 only to put the bow on it, but for me, the original trilogy really is "Star Wars". The prequels were George Lucas unchecked and the final 3 movies are what happens when a corporate overlord takes over to reboot a franchise to sell shit.

I could have written this, word for word.

And if I can add one thing -- and it pertains to Solo -- I was utterly confused when Darth Maul showed up in the film's final act. My friend who was with me told me how Maul survived and resurfaced in the cartoons.

I am not going to watch hours and hours of Star Wars cartoons to keep up with the film franchise. I'm just not. If they want to make cartoons for kids, that's great. But keep those stories separate from the movies.
In my opinion  
Matt M. : 10/16/2019 2:45 pm : link
Any new trilogy that is completely independent, may as well not be Star Wars. It is just a Sci-fi trilogy borrowing concepts from Star Wars.

I understand Disney wanted the current trilogy to follow a different path than the expanded universe. However, I think this trilogy is shitting on the saga, as opposed to completing it. Episode 8 especially represents this thought, but to me Episode 9 seems only slightly less "offensive".
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