So, I Watched Solo
Ok, first, lets address the elephant in the room. My blog posts have been less than stellar lately. Usually, I would have posted a Community Post recently. They are some of my favorite and, honestly, they seem to be some of yours too.
But I’ve somewhat overbooked myself, and in order to keep my head above water, I needed to throw a few things overboard. I wanted to be able to keep most of my promises so my blog was the best logical place to step back. I do hope I’ll be able to get back into the swing of things, soon, but it will be a while before it has much consistency again.
Solo. Ah, Solo. Apparently, this movie has become quite politically charged. I’ve heard people rant about it from both sides of the fence. The movie is doing quite poorly in the box office. Right now Youtube and Twitter are abuzz with trying to figure out the reason why. Actually, they aren’t. Which is part of the problem. There is no buzz. But what buzz there is, pretty much had to do with this topic.
But I did go to see it. My husband and I went on a date a while back and settled in to the poor attempts to make you not miss your living room lazy-boy (the dolby theater with those reclining chairs. Not bad, but still not home). We opened up our bags of candy and prayed that we would not hate it as much as we did certain other Star Wars movies.
We didn’t. Let me be pretty honest. I haven’t enjoyed most of the Star Wars movies that Disney has put out yet. And their last stand alone piece was one of the worst movies I had watched that year.
So I didn’t have very high hopes for Solo. But I really did enjoy it. It wasn’t much more than a Science-Fiction action movie. It wasn’t ground-breaking, or brilliant, but it was a good, solid movie. I was able to get invested in the characters, immerse myself in the action, and connect with the overall message of the movie. I loved how they were able to incorporate both the “morally gray characters” and Solo’s “scoundrel” spirit while still giving us a pretty clear delineation between “good” and “evil”.
That being said, there were some plot holes, some hiccups, and a few things that irritated me. One of the biggest flaws of the film is something that just can’t be helped: Han Solo is iconic. Because of that, it’s really hard to believe that this character is the well-known Harrison Ford character. Harrison Ford was still relatively young, and so a prequel with a different actor trying to convince us he’s a younger version just requires a LOT of suspension of disbelief.
As we were leaving I told my husband that I almost would have rather they just introduce a whole new character and introduce us to a new corner of the Universe in that way. It wasn’t a big enough gripe that I couldn’t enjoy the movie though. I just had to keep telling myself: “That is Han Solo. That’s Han Solo. That’s Han.”
I honestly didn’t want to see this movie at all to begin with, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t give in to the bad taste this series had given me previously. Who knows, I might even be able to enjoy the next few installments.
What about you? Did you see this film? What did you think? Was it easy for you to get past the idea of a different actor playing Harrison Ford’s iconic role?