Here are some short, quick reviews.
Solo: A Star Wars Story from 2018 (Director: Ron Howard, Writers: Jonathan Kasdan and Lawrence Kasdan, Stars: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany, Runtime: 135 mins)
Han Solo, a character I actually was always sort of ‘meh’ about gets his own film. And I really fucking liked it. Here’s the thing, I was always more invested in Luke, Leia and Vader. I say that as a casual Star Wars fan. So when this got announced I thought “Yeah, sure. Okay.” The trailers did little to interest me but I figured it would still be good. I was very fucking impressed.
This space western has chases, train robberies, daring escapes and more. Alden is actually fun to watch as is most the cast. Glover as Lando and Harrelson a character new to the series. I loved Lando’s droid. She was great. There’s a couple cool twists, some big set pieces, and this feels just feels huge. I honestly would put this in my top 5 Star Wars films and I really only rank New Hope and the Empire Strikes Back.
As for the look, it looks good. A bit dreary like Rogue One but I’m fine with that. I don’t have much else to write. I was happy, laughing, digging the film from the start to the finish.
Red Sparrow from 2018 (Director: Francis Lawrence, Writers: Justin Haythe, based on the 2013 novel by Jason Matthews, Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker, and Jeremy Irons, Runtime: 140 mins)
After seeing Solo with my uncle, we hit the PF Changs then headed to his house. So this is what I wanted to see. A spy thriller starring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballet turned covert operative. This film is too long. Thats my note. Sure the length does not look like its a big deal with the limited action it does feel like it stalls multiple times in the film. I kept waiting for it to pick up.
Outside of that, the film was fine. Visually it looks good. The settings and locales really stand out. The stylistic choices really pop through out. I thought the stuff in the Sparrow school was pretty good. The sudden bursts of violence from Dominika were brutal and I would have liked more of that. On the acting from, Jennifer’s fine. Though sometimes her accent seems to break. The guy who plays her uncle is a creepy asshole. I really disliked the character so, well done Matthias. I did appreciate the mystery the movie started to put together and explained at the end for a nice twist.
Notes for a sequel? Speed it up or add more action.