Really, the only other bad thing I could say is that while it was fun, and I was engaged, it never truly hit me anywhere emotionally. TFA has the feels. TLJ, as problematic as it is for many reasons, has a strong emotional story. Rogue One manages to build something between Cassian and Jyn that makes you feel for them-- they have drive. Solo was a great ride, but there was nothing ever for me ultimately really care about. At the end of the day, Han's goals were selfish and materialistic. The worst that could happen to him in this movie is that he could die (which we know won't happen) get his heart broken (which happens early on and we know it won't change) and he'd lose out on a payday. While I get the respect paid to the fact that he needs to stay a scoundrel until the end of ANH, without an emotional core to Han, I didn't CARE as much as they wanted me too.. but at least it was fun!
Yeah, I've got a bit more of a problem with that. If the movie had any implied purpose at all, it was to illuminate the character of Han. He really doesn't need it, but it could work. Unfortunately, there's absolutely nothing in this movie that makes me understand Han better as a character. Heck, it makes me understand him less.
At the very least, set up why Han would be so reluctant to help the Rebels in ANH. Hate to bring of the novels, but the Han Solo Trilogy did this a lot better. Han got roped into helping his love interest on a job for the Rebellion and got royally screwed over by them. The love interest leaves him (to later go off and die helping to steal the Death Star plans), he and his friends don't get the money they were promised because it was going for a higher purpose, and Han's reputation in the smuggling community (including Lando who was among the swindled) was wrecked, forcing him to work for Jabba.
So, Han's justifiably of the mind of "Screw these Rebels and their high-minded hypocritical bull****" when dealing with Leia.
Say what you will about the book's quality. That synopsis alone does a much better job of setting Han up for ANH than Han happily helping Rebels before and it turning out just peachy. I mean, he lost his ex-girlfriend, but he barely even reacted to that. He didn't get the money, but it was because he's just that nice of a guy and donated it. It didn't even take much persuading and it's not like there was doom happening if he didn't help these people. Han is just an altruistic person.
How do you square that with the Han that happily took his reward money from the Rebels in ANH and was all prepared to leave even though the stakes were a crapload higher? This movie brings up more questions than it does answers, because the Han at the end of Solo would have gone all-in in helping the Rebellion without much prompting. Some girl takes off her helmet, gives a very broad sob story, and he's in. Let's just take down a crime syndicate. He showed more reluctance to help in TFA for goodness sake.
And, again, we're denied Han even getting burned for rescuing Chewbacca.
So now we have to make up our own idea of what happened between the movies to make Han the way he was when we first met him in the cantina scene and kick off his major character arc for the entire Trilogy.
That's just one aspect. I understand that it's a basic movie at heart. I'm fine with that. But there's no real exploration going on here. Nothing about Qi'ra tells me much about his relationship with Leia. What's the twisted nature of Lando's relationship with Han that puts him on both sides with the guy? Setting these things up really wouldn't have been all that difficult, but for whatever reason, they just ignored what would be the only real purpose in the exercise.
I don't get it.
-Han. Recasting for a younger version of a known character has been practiced for decades. Be it for a prequel, or a flashback, and yet for some reason, people seemed to just absolutely lose their minds over Alden being cast as a young Han. I think they either just WANTED to be mad, or they think that Ingruber dude being able to do a great impression means he can carry a movie. Looking at Alden, I buy him as a young Harrison Ford more than I do River Phoenix. He got the mannerisms down, he looked the part, he was fine. Was he the best actor OMG ever, no-- but I wouldn't expect that in a SW movie. I never questioned him as Han.
Pretty much agree on that. He was fine, especially when it came to the goofy charm of early-Han that sometimes get forgotten by fans.
-Lando-- because come on. He was perfect.
You knew he was going to be, and nothing in there contradicted it. Easily the best casting job of the Disney era.
One, because it was always a Dune eastern egg, and two, because I assume spice is basically drugs
Fair enough I suppose. Though, I will add an extra ding to the movie for not having the balls to portray Han in a negative light at all.
I hope every fanbro crybaby that thinks that the new SW have a political agenda gets their dainty feelings hurt, and walks away from fandom. We dont need them and theyre poopheads.
It'd be easier to ignore them if their complaints weren't legit some of the most problematic aspects of the the movies. Holdo and Canto Bight were not well thought-out or executed. Rey's power level remains problematical.
L3 is never wreck whole sections of the movie bad, and amusing enough at her most bat**** crazy. She's not going to age well though, that's for sure.
Kinda odd to see Lando running out to hold her as she died though. That was the one bit where I thought Lando was out of character.