Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2018 – ★★★

I agree with the general consensus on Solo…it’s…ok.

Of course, it checks all the obligatory boxes that any Star Wars movie should check:

– Do we have a good or bad feeling about this? Check
– Do we see a star destroyer in an imposing shot? Check
– Is the villain a bit over the top and irrational? Check
– Is there a big creature with a big eye? Yep

There are many more examples but on the plus side, Lando is fun to watch, the cinematography has a nice moody look (dark, foggy) everything feels “dingy”. Since I had no option but to see it in 3D maybe that’s why it looked dark.

Just like in Rebel One, the robot “LS” is one of the most entertaining characters even though it’s on screen for a short time. Emilia Clarke was ok, her role didn’t stand out much so it could have been any other fine actor in the role.

The action sequences are fun, especially the train heist. Some could have been more effective if they were shorter. The movie feels 10 to 15 minutes too long.

So I enjoyed it…it’s ok.

As time goes by, I appreciate the grit, pacing and darker tone of Rebel One even more.

p.s. The cameo in the movie did not work for me at all. When you have to go research how it could make sense and see how convoluted and obscure the answer is, you’ve failed at Star Wars. It felt incredibly artificial and unnecessary.

p.p.s. If there is a Boba Fett movie in the works I hope they don’t childproof it too much or in my opinion, they might as well not make it.

source https://letterboxd.com/maus/film/solo-a-star-wars-story/

Avengers: Infinity War, 2018 – ★★★½

I’m a little burnt out on Marvel movies so I went in expecting the same formula. To my surprise, the way they handled so many characters was very well done. Thanos is a very compelling villain, like many, have said, I can see some logic to his madness.

The action is Marvel’s usual, didn’t find groundbreaking sequences that stood out to me. I’m not too happy about bringing the Guardians into the Avengers movies, it feels like they’re diluting the one great group of superheroes I really enjoy watching. A lot of the fun I had came from the Guardians being on screen.

The ending….well that’s a tough one. I’m not too sure I’ll be back to the theatre for the continuation of this story. Maybe streaming will be enough. I felt a bit cheated. People say it’s like The Empire Strikes Back but, honestly, it doesn’t feel like that. It feels very unsatisfying. Am I to believe things will stay the way they are? Please, this is Marvel, how often do this kinds of “endings” go to where they pretend to go?

Overall a satisfying experience for 85% of the movie. Last 15% takes my rating down.

source https://letterboxd.com/maus/film/avengers-infinity-war/

Ready Player One, 2018 – ★★★

Ready player one definitely has the Spielberg touch, the visual language, the photography (by his long time DP Janis’s Kaminski) and many more subtle things that are part of his movies

The book was really fun, especially for those of us who were teenagers in the 80s. The translation to a screenplay and movie isn’t as interesting but overall I had a good time. The visual effects are really good and just like in the book there are Easter eggs to be found in pretty much every frame. The movie could be 10 to 15 minutes shorter but I guess it would then be difficult to add all those 80s references.

I liked the fact that the young actors were not chosen for their fame or recognition which would’ve taken me out of the movie, but overall their work was good.
The script doesn’t spend much time building their relationships as real people, it’s all related to the adventures they have in The Oasis and I wish it could’ve been closer to the book in that sense.
This is probably as close as any movie was going to get to the book so I think it’s worth checking it out.

source https://letterboxd.com/maus/film/ready-player-one/