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316. Solo: A Star Wars Story (#—)

Hosted by Andrew Quinn and Darren Mooney, and this week with special guest Luke Dunne, The 250 is a weekly trip through some of the best (and worst) movies ever made, as voted for by Internet Movie Database Users. New episodes are released Saturdays at 6pm GMT.

This week, we’re continuing a seasonal tradition of talking about Star Wars movies: Ron Howard’s Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Growing up on the rough streets of Corellia, young and reckless orphan Han learned the hard way that he has to fend for himself. Escaping to a life in the Imperial Navy, Han stumbles into a daring heist. Joining a team of galactic outlaws, the young man finally finds his place in the universe. Crossing paths with new friends and old lovers, the dashing young rogue finds himself on course to become the man that he must be.

At time of recording, it was not ranked on the list of the best movies of all time on the Internet Movie Database.

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One Response

  1. Wasn’t quite sure where to put this, so here will do.

    Listening to this, a thought occurred about Disney trying to turn Star Wars into something like the MCU and the problems within.

    They come at stories from opposite views of the characters. The MCU generally builds up the fandom for a character, as interconnected as it is, you become a fan of Cap, Iron Man, Hulk etc. then part of the excitement of The Avengers films is seeing how everyone reacts when mixed up together. That carries a lot of the weight of the teamup movies which can have rather basic plots and the chemistry moves things along.

    Han Solo wasn’t designed for that. Star Wars wasn’t designed for that. As much as it’s a universe, it’s A story, a long, epic one but until episode 7 it was clearly 1 story. The characters were designed to work within that story with those other characters. All the backstory we needed and Han’s character arc were all welded into what we already have.

    Putting him on his own, it takes away or resets those relationships and the bits of backstory that it has to explore are pretty threadbare so it feels like a lot is taken away from him, rather than added to him.

    Clearly there’s an audience for characters crossing over but it works better when they’ve made a new character, then thrown them together with an old one. Say The Mandalorian, that character was built up, so there was anticipation for when he met Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker.

    And on your point about everyone having a different version of a Han Solo movie, here’s mine: A heist film with Lando, Han and Chewie, they get in some scrapes, have some laughs and just at the end when it looks like they’ve won, they play a card game, Han wins the Falcon and Lando uses that as an opportunity to bolt on a shuttle with the loot, leaving Han with nothing but the Falcon as their boss shows up wanting his share: Jabba.

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