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How Han Solo met Chewie
29 September 2018
(I'm not a passionate Star Wars Fan. As a child of the 80s the original 3 movies, when on TV blended into one for me. As an adult they still feel like that. For me a light saber action always feels that it goes on a little too long)
I quite enjoyed The Force Awakens and Rogue One, rating them quite highly. Both of which I've watched a few times already. The Last Jedi perhaps marked a downward trend.
The theatrical version of Solo was just over 2hours, which felt it was 30mins too long. Watching this movie felt like a bit of a chore as the screen play from scene to scene wasn't fluid, to me at least.
The movie trailer that I saw, elsewhere, led me to believe Qi'ra (Emilia Clarke) would be a stronger character, a force to be reckoned with. The director did give this a try but it still felt she was a supporting/background element. I've seen Emilia Clarke in Game of Thrones, Me before you, Terminator Genisys unfortunately for me Ms Clarke is the actor type who is just themselves in movies (I can't remember what the technical term for that is). But I still love her. Personally I like actors who become their character and while watching the movie I forget the actor and am absorbed into their portrayed character.
The actor playing Solo was actually alright at times he even sounded like Harrison Ford (albeit a younger version) but Woody Harrelson was such a strong/large character that it felt as though the movie was about "Tobias Beckett".
This movie shows you how Solo and Chewbacca met. Though I'm unsure if this is George Lucas' take on things or this movie's creative department's idea.
I've never warmed to Lando Calrissian character, but perhaps that's how the character is supposed to be, this movie delivers on that.
There's a droid L3-37 voiced by British actor, writer, director Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Like in Force Awakens and Rogue One, the character of the droid is endearing and you warm to it (them) more than some of the human characters.
The crew solo joins, at the start, has a pilot, a small alien with a mouthy attitude. It felt as though they were trying to mimick Rocket from Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy. But this character was a fraction as good as that.
Paul Bettany is in it, as is Warwick Davies.
I wish I'd waited for this to be included with prime or put on the £1.99 for prime members offer rather than paying the £4.49 that I did. Other movies that I rent on Amazon (i.e. Deadpool 2 recently) I can watch a couple of times in my 48hr rental period. This movie I was just glad it was over after the first watch.