It was interesting seeing Solo a few days after seeing Ocean’s 8, because they are both part of big franchises and… well… they both suffer from the same problem. I think I’d describe the problem as “the we have to make this work” checklist.
You know, they make a list of franchise ingredients and then they work to ticking each one off. It doesn’t make a bad movie, but it leaves you with a watch that isn’t satisfying.
That was how I felt about Ocean’s 8 and that’s how I felt about Solo. Solo was ok. It had funny moments, it gave solid backstory to some fav characters. It had the Millennium Falcon. It had Donald Glover and Emillia Clarke, who I love to watch. And did I mention the Millenium Falcon? 😉
Like Ocean’s 8’s under-utilising its awesome cast, Solo under-utilised wonderful plot opportunities. By adding too many distractions in the story, they sapped it of a lot of power.
My hat is off to Alden Ehrenreich for having to be a young version of something so memorably played by another actor and doing it well. He and Woody Harrelson were gold together.
Having said that… why is it that Emillia Clarke was the only female not to die? Why do they kill off the two most interesting side-characters? And, seriously, why not cut the love interest angle and have an excellent actor like Ms Clarke play the Woody Harrelson character instead?
I was thinking the other day that it must be weird for someone who’s a teenager right now because their entire life has been dominated by these never ending franchises. From Twilight to Fast and Furious, Mission Impossible, Ocean’s, Transformers, Star Trek and Star Wars. Not to mention all the DC and Marvel movies. It’s like we’ve forgotten how to make new things.