“Solo: A Star Wars Story” Review

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” provides a fun and unique spin on the legendary smuggler as it emerges as one of the surprise movies of the year…

When “Solo: A Star Wars Story” first announced Alden Ehrenreich as the young casting of the Han Solo, I could not describe the anxiety I felt over this casting. I hated the selection and felt this movie would be doomed from the start, regardless if it was a Star Wars movie. I had questions on the entire cast, and the trailers for the spinoff cast an eerie shadow on the scruffy-headed nerf-herder’s standalone movie.

Well, I’m delighted to report that all my fears were quelled after walking out of this movie. Solo provides a movie that is genuinely fun to watch from start to finish.

Ehrenreich proves to be one of the strongest points of the entire movie with his representation of a young Han Solo. The pressure of portraying the fan-favorite character never weighed down Ehrenreich’s performance. He takes on the character of Solo and makes it his own, while still offering glimpses that remind us of Han from the original trilogy. His relationship with Chewbacca is enjoyable to watch develop through the course of this movie, and the legendary bromance receives a plethora of fan service.

The only downside to Ehrenreich’s Solo is that there is no arc for the character to develop on. The story leads Solo to be basically the same person that started the movie, minus a few things he learned from smugglers over the course of the movie. This isn’t Ehrenreich’s fault, as this is a writing issue more than anything. Still, this is a fun and fresh take on Han Solo that will be enjoyed by Star Wars enthusiasts everywhere.

Now, even though Ehrenreich steals the show (as he should), the supporting cast is no slouch, neither. Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian and Emily Clarke as Qira provide life to quality characters in this movie. They help add value and incentive as to show why Solo has the motivations that he does. Woody Harrelson also provides a good role as Beckett, the mentor to Solo in the movie. His introduction to the story and connection to Han Solo is a tad rushed and lacks some depth, but it can be overlooked as the story fleshes the relationship out over the course of the movie. Paul Bettany serves as a decent villain with Dryden Vos but the character himself is mainly a driving point to give motivation to the protagonists. There isn’t a ton of depth to his character.

After these major characters, the rest of the cast suffers from underwhelming story arcs and purposes. Thandie Newton as Val and Jon Favreau as Rio serve as Beckett’s co-smugglers, while Phoebe Waller-Bridge as L3-37 provides the constant droid presence that is a commonality in Star Wars movies. L3 will be a mixed bag for some fans in what has been an incredible lineup of droids over the span of all Star Wars movies. Ultimately, I didn’t care much for any of these characters, and this was due to a lack of fleshing out in writing.

The characters provide unique additions to the universe, but the writing ultimately fails to support any of these characters as they all underwhelm in the film. In addition, the tone of the movies causes confusion amongst some of these characters in certain scenes. One scene started a common Star Wars joke with a character and led the crowd to believe it was a light-hearted moment every time this topic came up, only to immediately change direction with a traumatic moment in the film on the same idea. Some may like the twist, but I was ultimately not a fan.

The film offers plenty of fan service to Star Wars junkies. There are still plenty of twists that make the movie enjoyable, in addition to one massive plot twist that had my entire theatre gasping and squealing upon unveiling. The writing lets your mind wander down one path only to psych you out on another twist. The story doesn’t end as you’d think, which keeps the movie refreshing and enjoyable to put a twist on what was expected.

The movie ultimately exceeds expectations and vaults it’s way towards one of my favorite Star Wars movies. If you’re a Star Wars fan, see this movie sooner rather than later, as the massive plot twist in the movie will eventually be leaked online.

Wait, why am I saying for just Star Wars fans only? You should just go see this movie, period.

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James Mangold Set to Direct Boba Fett Spinoff

Logan, Walk the Line Director has been selected to write and direct the upcoming standalone ‘Star Wars’ movie about everyone’s favorite bounty hunter…

After being rumored for what has felt like 5 years, we are finally getting confirmation of another ‘Star Wars’ spinoff on the mysterious bounty hunter that has captivated fans everywhere. How could it get any better?

Here ya go; How about if the dude who directed Logan was hired to run this movie? Sounds pretty friggin’ awesome if you ask me.

Well, it seems we’re getting just that.

The Hollywood Reporter released news about 2 hours ago that the Boba Fett standalone movie will be headed by James Mangold, the director of Logan. This news comes hours ahead of the release of “Solo: A Star Wars Story”. Mangold will be responsible for writing and directing this standalone ‘Star Wars’ spinoff.

This Mangold hire sounds incredible for the ‘Star Wars’ universe. Mangold’s usual dark outlook on a movie universe is an excellent fit for Boba Fett’s character. To provide perspective on Mangold’s experience, just to look back on some of Mangold’s history: Logan happened to be one of my best movies of 2017 and easily one of my most favorite superhero movies of all-time, Walk the Line was an engaging film on the life of Johnny Cash from Mangold, and 3:10 to Yuma is an incredible western movie that I thoroughly enjoy every time it comes on.

The list goes on and on with Mangold and his movie successes. Just imagine Mangold’s film direction with a Star Wars budget. Sounds like a recipe for success to me.

It seems like everyone’s favorite Mandalorian is in good hands for his standalone premier. I, for one, cannot wait to discover more about this movie. Perhaps we can finally get some closure on how Boba Fett escaped that Sarlacc Pit.

What say you? Does this recently confirmed Boba Fett spinoff get you excited? Sound off in the comments section!

‘The Predator’ Drops a New Poster, First Trailer

It’s been nearly 10 years since we got our last look at our favorite dreadlocked alien, but that finally changes today.

In the alien’s first appearance since 2010’s Predators, the newest addition to the Yautja (the actual name of the alien species) film series, ‘The Predator’, released the movie’s first trailer in addition to an electrifying new poster for the movie. This movie will be the 4th movie in the Predator movie saga. Check out the poster below:

See what I did there? Electrifying? Terrible pun, I know. But there is nothing terrible about this poster. Now, as a massive fan of the Predator, I must admit that the trailer is not terrific. Obviously, there still is a lot we don’t know about the movie. So we’re hoping the theatrical product will come out better than this trailer.

In addition to a poster and trailer, we were treated to stills from the movie as well as a release date, September 14th of this year. The trailer for the film can be found at the end of this article.

The story for this next movie takes place between 1990’s Predator 2 and 2010’s Predators. It’s important to note that Keegan-Michael Key, one of the main stars of the film, stated that this is not a sequel. This confirms early rumors of the film that it was meant to be a standalone addition to the Predator film franchise.

Check out the trailer for the newest movie below:

Stay tuned to Popcorn Culture for more news and thoughts on ‘The Predator’ as we draw closer to the September 14th release date.

Travis Scott, Kanye West, and Lil Uzi Vert Collaborate on New Project “Watch”

Let’s ignore the fact that Kanye has slowly been losing his mind on twitter to appreciate the new track that he, Travis Scott, and Lil Uzi Vert spontaneously dropped the surprise track “Watch” last night. The single cover art is definitely something to see…

The track debuts in wait of Scott’s next album AstroWorld. The album, named after an amusement park in Texas, is set to be the 4th album for Travis Scott as he continues to ride a wave of popularity in the hip-hop world. This also follows on the heels of a recent single release Scott did with Rae Sremmond titled “CLOSE”.

As for Kanye, this single comes shortly after “Ye vs. the People” featuring T.I. as well as “Lift Yourself”. Yeezy’s upcoming album with Kid Cudi will be dropping on June 8th in addition to a solo album that will release on June 1st.

And, just for fun and not at all relevant to this story, here is a tweet Kanye recently fired out.

Oh, Yeezy…

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