Solo: A Star Wars Story Review

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Back in April I wrote how important Solo: A Star Wars Story is going to be for the Star Wars franchise, as it presented the fandom with its first chance to show Disney what it really thought of The Last Jedi. As it’s turned out that’s pretty much exactly what happened, and it’s currently looking 50/50 as to whether the film will even break even.

Yet it all seems a bit unfair to punish Ron Howard’s undoubtedly hard-working crew and cast for the stalled sequel trilogy – especially when Solo is a competent, well-made ride that actually adds to the characters we already know. And since this is the passion project of Lawrence ‘The Force Awakens‘ Kasdan we’re talking about, it could so very easily have gone the other way…

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Positive Fandom #1: The Story

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The Art of Storytelling

As a lifelong Star Wars fan (born in ’83 and raised on the Original Trilogy while still young enough to enjoy the Prequels), the Disney era has been pretty tough to take so far. That’s been reflected by a rising cynicism in my posts here, which, while understandable given the current state of Star Wars, isn’t exactly how I want to celebrate my fandom of the greatest film saga in Western culture.

With Solo only weeks away it’s time to heed the call of the light and bring balance to the blog. Welcome to the first part of a series about why Star Wars is so special – and where else to start but with the story itself?

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It is a Period of Civil War…

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May 4th came and went this year with notably less Star Wars fanfare than we’ve come to expect since 2013. Absent were the Disney store offers or Solo teaser drops, and on a personal level it came up just once in a muted office conversation. As far as I can tell the only significant Star Wars related event yesterday was that tickets for Solo were finally on pre-sale.

It’s understandable. Even on its own terms, this May 4th was always going to be difficult for Star Wars. Disney has lost control of the narrative to the extent that The Last Jedi is now accepted as a problematic – at least – entry to the saga, while the box office drop speaks for itself. May 4th is obstinately an event “for the fans”, yet Disney knows that widespread fan disenfranchisement is a huge obstacle for promoting Solo. Why would they risk giving the fans a voice just weeks before the new movie hits?

These factors alone would be enough to dampen any Star Wars Day celebrations. Yet unfortunately for Lucasfilm, that’s only half their problem.

41 years ago Star Wars may have written the rules for summer blockbuster event movies. Yet this year, Infinity War became the crown jewel in a new beast of fully-armed and operational cinematic universe.

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Solo: An Unexpected Saviour?

The hype for Solo: A Star Wars Story is building and it’s hard to not want to get on board – the OT setting, Oscar-winning director and the fact that it’s yet another Star Wars movie for our eyes and brains to appreciate are all compelling reasons to book tickets for the day of release (May 25th, AKA the real Star Wars day).

But with Solo coming out so soon after The Last Jedi, the spin-off finds itself in a precarious position. Despite the production dramas and the fact that most observers have seen Ron Howard’s prequel as somewhat of a pointless project, this is fast becoming the story that will define the short to medium term future of Disney’s Star Wars.

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We Need to Talk About Luke

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After watching the Solo teaser trailers back at the start of February my wife asked me a simple question. Having seen The Last Jedi, was I happier now that new Star Wars films were being made?

I thought about it for a few moments before answering honestly – no. As great as Rogue One is, its existence is not worth the damage that the other films have made to the franchise.

This, I realised, is why I was wrong about The Last Jedi.

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