Alright SUMMER! Here we come! It’s finally that awesomest time of the year and I’m sure you’re all ready with your drinks and summery clothes and… a full gas tank? Not that you have to go anywhere to enjoy this most amazing weekend of all: you could spend it right here at home! There’s even a nice flick you can enjoy to kick things off. Take a look!
SOLO: A STAR WARS MOVIE
It’s really good when it’s doing its action hero thing, which is pretty much what we want from a fun action flick, right? It doesn’t offer insight into how our favorite Star Wars figure became who he is in that universe. But that’s okay. We’re not looking for deep dark insights… actually, how about we leave all that dark stuff with winter! It’s summer now and we’re all happy. At least for the time being 🙂
SOLO, as most know, is a prequel, and a bit of a lightweight. When you get right down to it, there’s not that much to speak of: there’s no significant story arc to our main character—let alone the supporting roles. The acting, however, is good. Alden Ehrenreich’s portrayal of Han is quite convincing, from that sarcastic bent, right down to the good heart buried behind that f*-you swagger. Donald Glover’s Lando is similarly well played, and he’s a perfect fit for the dodgy casinos he hangs out in most of the movie. Chewie gets some great laughs, but he’s no caricature or mere sidekick. Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s L3-37 might just capture your heart. Woody Harrelson’s turn as the grizzled criminal who molds Han is also excellent.
But, try as you might, you won’t find that all-important story arc. The other big disappointment are the antagonists: thanks to the insipid script, Paul Bettany’s Dryden Vos is one-dimensional, and Emilia Clarke’s character Qi’ra suffers a similar fate as Han’s flame. The result is an unsatisfying fluffy feature. The lesson here? Ya gotta commit! Go all the way. If you’re gonna be evil, be Hitler. If you’re gonna be good, be Jesus. If you’re gonna be a trickster, be Trump 🙂 Half-measures will net you nothing.
Still, it’s a fun little movie to start off your summer. The featured heist—so reminiscent of old Westerns—will certainly drive my point home as far as action. Here’s the trailer:
James Franco is a very cool fella. See, there just aren’t that many folks in Hollywood willing to go against the grain and make movies others aren’t into. I mean, he really believes in his vision, and he’s making that flick no matter what. I love it! Sadly, he has this habit of borrowing concepts from other movies, which blows… but hey, we’re a very forgiving audience, right? We’ll go along with that sort of filching, but he needs to note he must actually delve into that stolen concept and explore it thoroughly—or we aren’t gonna care about his characters. For instance: I’m sure (that, sadly) pimps will exist in the future, and it’s probably every pimp’s dream to use shock collars on assets, but the concept is deeper than that: it’s all about control. Franco needs to make us feel for the characters in these horrible situations. And that’s totally missing.
In an apocalyptic world, our one-dimensional protagonist Prince (Jeff Wahlberg) needs to find medicine for his dying mom the Queen (Lucy Liu). He ends up in the appropriately-named Love Town, which is run by the evil LoveLord (Snoop Dogg). There he inspires sexy android Ash (Suki Waterhouse) to rebel against her handlers and customers. Along the way they come upon Milla Jovovich’s Awesome Bad Character (the DrugLord, but I like my title better)—who tried really hard to save the flick, but when you’re faced with the true demon of a movie—insipid lead characters—there’s not much you can do. Great effort, though! Franco also stars as the (super cheesy) Warlord. Yeah, this one’s a pass. Here’s the trailer:
And that’s it for me. Now go forth and welcome summer! And tell me all about it!