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Re: So what did you think about Solo: A Star Wars Story ??? SPOILERS

Postby indianawars » Fri May 25, 2018 9:00 am

They'll have to do a second one! I need to know how he gets his chin scar! No sign of it during this film. Nice to see Ray Park was the one playing Maul again.
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Postby MarkG » Fri May 25, 2018 9:56 am

Not a bad film overall.. great storyline and effects..

Big surprise to see Maul though... would have expected the Emperor to be a better option but it's left the doors wide open for either a sequel or another story... with the Obi Wan movie coming up... maybe that will tie the lot together.
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Postby Cazza » Fri May 25, 2018 10:03 am

Good grief- just had a look at some of the audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes- what has become of SW fandom?!!! The amount of 1/2 and 1 star reviews from people who haven't even seen the film, carping on about TLJ, Kathleen Kennedy and how she's alienating white male SW fans. There are even complaints about L3 being a SJW :roll: On YouTube the other day, John Campea gave it a decent review and was threatened by loads of so-called fans, one of whom proceeded to threaten to rape his daughter and wished his wife would die of cancer. Quite remarkable. Lots of Alt-right involvement in this anti Disney/Kathleen Kennedy movement, which is quite worrying.
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Postby yoda » Fri May 25, 2018 10:19 am

I really enjoyed the Han and Chewbacca scenes. They were my favourite. Just seeing the raw power of a Wookie was amazing. The magic bond between them that they always had I felt was there for me. I thought Lando was good also.
I had a good feeling about this movie even though I was very disappointed with TLJ. I guess it's because Han, Chewie and the Falcon were always my hero's. It certainly didn't desippoint me. I can't wait for more hopefully theirs more adventures ahead.
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Postby Grant_C » Fri May 25, 2018 12:21 pm

Cazza wrote:Good grief- just had a look at some of the audience reviews on Rotten Tomatoes- what has become of SW fandom?!!! The amount of 1/2 and 1 star reviews from people who haven't even seen the film, carping on about TLJ, Kathleen Kennedy and how she's alienating white male SW fans. There are even complaints about L3 being a SJW :roll: On YouTube the other day, John Campea gave it a decent review and was threatened by loads of so-called fans, one of whom proceeded to threaten to rape his daughter and wished his wife would die of cancer. Quite remarkable. Lots of Alt-right involvement in this anti Disney/Kathleen Kennedy movement, which is quite worrying.


I think a lot of what you may read online is kids. I read a stat somewhere that the vast majority of online posts are by 13-18 year olds.

The Alt-right stuff is embarrassing. Reminds me of religious zealotry views on women and social progress. It’s mind boggling that they are focusing their hatred on films while their country crumbles around them.

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Postby Dr_Ball_MD » Fri May 25, 2018 2:11 pm

I did have a feeling that L3 would become part of the Falcon.
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Postby Cazza » Fri May 25, 2018 2:20 pm

Really liked that- explains some of the Falcon's quirks! :P
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Postby jedisearcher » Fri May 25, 2018 2:41 pm

Just seen it, went IMAX and I think worth the extra cost, the visuals are really great.

The good - the core Han/Chewie/Lando interaction is well done, the score is a proper JW tribute, Glover is really great as Lando, it moves along at a decent pace, Paul Bettany is a credible villain (if a little bit lacking in threat).

The not so good - too messy at the end “oh you double crossed me, oh it’s ok because I double crossed you too, oh hey, I got triple crossed after all, oh but that’s ok because ...”, :D , also Han wanted to be a pilot and then ended up in the opening scenes of Enemy at the Gates? Did we miss something?

The horrible - L3 - do we really need a cranky droid in every film now?, and moreso a female droid with an emancipation agenda? Leave the politics alone please Disney, I came to watch entertainment, stuff like that just invites whingers to take a pop. Also, Han smiles WAY WAY too much! There’s one scene with Qu’ira where he’s constantly grinning from ear to ear - it just doesn’t sit right with a smarmy, arrogant Solo. He never tried to win Leia with a cheesy grin, just played hard to get. I barely remember Ford smiling much at all, other then those knowing “I win” type smiles. It didn’t feel right at all - this isn’t an”I love you”/“I know” representation of Solo.

I thought AE had the chin scar, I definitely noticed it near the end. He’s also been signed up for three films, I assumed these would be other stories like Fett or Kenobi but it’s obviously Solo 2 and maybe 3. I was very unsure about the Darth Mail reveal, a new original villain would have been much more intriguing. I was done with him when he went down the shaft in pieces and not everyone watches the cartoons. Just let the dead be dead so non-cartoon watchers actually know what’s going on. Will we get some explanation about how he’s alive?
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Postby BruceW » Fri May 25, 2018 2:54 pm

I thought it was really fun. Chewbacca stole the show IMO. It could have been called "Chewbacca: A Star Wars Story" and I would have been fine with it. Alden was really good, very likeable and did a fine job without leaning on a Harrison Ford impersonation. Felt like Glover might have been trying a little too hard to do a Billy Dee impression in spots, but it worked, and he got the charm down. Overall, a really great action movie.

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Postby Twin30mm » Fri May 25, 2018 3:16 pm

Just got back from seeing it and have to say I enjoyed it overall.
Not the unmitigated disaster that was predicted. A good but not great addition to the franchise.
I'd go for a solid 7 out of 10 on first viewing.

Enjoyed the majority of the film, especially the introductions of the major characters and the Conveyex and Kessel Run sequences.
Alden was great and looked the part and even had the chin scar. Creepy how much Donald Glover sounded like BDW.
Loved the Maul cameo (didn't stay for the credits, was that Ray Park or a CGI Maul?).

On the downside, didn't really care for the L3 character and 'droid equal rights' nonsense (you just can't help yourself, can you Kathleen?).
Also, Dryden Voss was of a bit of a bland villian and Enfys Nest turned into a bit of a damp squib.
There were a couple of abrupt scene changes which were a bit jarring (probably the result of all the reshoots etc.).
I felt the running time could have been trimmed slightly as well.

So, not as good as Rogue One, but easily trumps The Force Awakens & The Last Straw.

Regarding the state of the fandom at the moment. Whilst I'm no fan of John Campea, no one deserves that type of abuse and it should be thoroughly condemned. Although, he's not been adverse to deriding the fanbase in the past. A case could be made for "if you can't handle the heat etc......".

Personally, I think Disney/Lucasfilm has only themselves to blame with the situation at the moment.
I firmly believe the vast majority of the criticism from the fandom has been reasonable, with people just expressing concern as to what tone/direction that Disney is taking with our beloved franchise.
These criticisms have been met with derision from the likes of Kennedy, Johnson, Abrams et al.
Perhaps if they'd just acknowledged the criticisms or just kept a dignified silence, we wouldn't be in this mess.

Unfortunately, I think the the damage is already done and the ongoing franchise has been tarnished......which to this life-long fan, is a crying shame.

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Postby jedisearcher » Fri May 25, 2018 3:36 pm

I think the fan drama is way, way overdone. It’s embarrassing. The whole ‘TLJ killed my childhood stuff’ makes me feel like a grumpy old man.

If you look at who is making these comments, they aren’t from normal human beings, they’re mainly from snowflake millennials, most of whose parents hadn’t even met when the OT came out. So quite what childhood got ruined I’m not sure.

I like talking about the films afterwards but when you subscribe to Vue or Odeon pages and see 500 comments I just cringe. Yes, the modern films have had issues, most films do, but the criticism is OTT and gives normal SW fans a bad name.

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Postby Grant_C » Fri May 25, 2018 4:18 pm

Twin30mm wrote:
Personally, I think Disney/Lucasfilm has only themselves to blame with the situation at the moment.
I firmly believe the vast majority of the criticism from the fandom has been reasonable, with people just expressing concern as to what tone/direction that Disney is taking with our beloved franchise.
These criticisms have been met with derision from the likes of Kennedy, Johnson, Abrams et al.
Perhaps if they'd just acknowledged the criticisms or just kept a dignified silence, we wouldn't be in this mess.

Unfortunately, I think the the damage is already done and the ongoing franchise has been tarnished......which to this life-long fan, is a crying shame.


Sorry Martin, couldn't disagree more. :P

Let me give a reason. This is not directed, but an overall impression.

Lucasfilm have gone out of their way to deliver fanboy fantasies.

These posts about race/sex/gender will look dark ages in a few years, the same way The Black and White Minstrel Shows look to us now. No matter what they do, some people will protest no matter what. They use to hate ROTJ, then the prequels came so they hated those, now these films.

I would say that probably 50% of the fanbase hated TLJ, but it appears the usual cinema goer liked it judging by box office. My God, I bet The Phantom Menace is happy :lol:

The Force Awakens is to much like the originals and didn't take enough risks so I hate it.

The Last Jedi is nothing like the originals and took to many risks so I hate it.

Why did they make this character film when I want this one.

It seems to be that no one hates Star Wars more than a Star Wars 'fan'.

I feel that this is a fantastic representation of a black or white, self righteous polarised society we have become. Just listen to any YouTube video review of any film. They all start off with what they disliked. Completely negative. I get the impression that unless its a flawless masterpiece...."its shit".

But if we take the same critics and apply to the original trilogy then the holy trinity is also full of flaws. Are we becoming grumpy old curmudgeons? Is that the reason dad and granddad didn't agree that A New Hope was the greatest masterpiece ever made?

It's important for Star Wars to be a contemporary myth at its foundation and reflecting modern day society. That's were its success endures while other films fade away. I think if the viewer sees gender over a character, then its the viewer that's the problem, not Lucasfilm.

There will be some great ones and some no so great, but essentially, it should at least be fun. I wish people were so passionate about writing messages to their political representatives about social justice, pollution, social mobility, climate change etc. :shock:

I'm over the moon with Lucasfilm, why wouldn't you be? Just seen Corellia and Mimban. I cant believe it!


I just think if the Original Trilogy was released today, I would be reading reviews saying- "that blue elephant keyboard player in Jabbas palace ruined the film for me, childhood ruined". :?

Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but I'm become convinced that a lot of this is from Russian bots, trekkies and harry potter fans :lol:

There is promise of a ton of fanboy fantasy star wars in the pipeline. I fucking cant wait. :D

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Postby Spookedhippie » Fri May 25, 2018 7:44 pm

The fertility idol is in Paul Bettanys audience room and Lando mentions when he was on Sharu...one of the 80s books is called the mind sharp of sharu!
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Postby theforceuk » Fri May 25, 2018 8:06 pm

Oh ok I see, no wander I did not get it. Very cool though.
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Postby MarkG » Fri May 25, 2018 9:38 pm

Twin30mm wrote:Loved the Maul cameo (didn't stay for the credits, was that Ray Park or a CGI Maul?).
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Ray Park did indeed don the horns once again... although the voice was the guy that did the Rebels cartoons and not Peter whatshisname from Episode 1.
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