Genre Guesstimation – Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Dell of Dell on Movies and it is Anti-Hero Films.

Movies about people who lack traditional heroic attributes but are portrayed as the hero in their story despite doing some bad things along the way. Some examples: Taxi Driver, Leon the Professional, A Clockwork Orange, Scarface, GoodFellas, The Godfather, or even something as light as Jack Sparrow in the PotC movies. He’s constantly drunk and completely selfish it just tends to work out for the greater good.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to antiherodell@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Anti-Hero Films.

“Let me give you some advice. Assume everyone will betray you. And you will never be disappointed.” – Tobias Beckett

Number of Times Seen – 1 (24 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A young scrounger named Han Solo tries to find a way to get off his home planet and make a name for himself as a pilot.

My Take on it – It’s rare that I get the opportunity to see a film before most of the world and when it happens, I get real excited because it doesn’t happen very often.

Being a huge Star Wars fan, this was my most anticipated film for 2018.

This is a great addition to the Star Wars film canon and is quite worthy of being in the company of the other 9 films.

The idea to take characters from the films and give them stand alone stories is a great way to expand our knowledge of how they got to where they do.

Han Solo is a great choice to start with since despite the fact that he is a main character in 4 of the films, he is NOT a direct part of the Skywalker storyline and they don’t even manage to scratch the surface in the film about who he truly is and how he got to where we meet him.

The story itself is quite an original one and brings in new elements to the universe that haven’t been explored enough in the films and that helps make this film even more interesting because it raises the stakes of everything that happens.

One of the things that has always impressed me and even endeared me to the Star Wars universe is that the worlds that we get to visit always have the “lived in” feel to them that includes grime, sweat and tears and this film introduces us to other new worlds that clearly fit into that kind of category really well.

The cast of this film is great and they help give life to some really interesting characters (both new and familiar to us) in really intriguing ways.

The story itself is created really well and they are able to even throw a few surprises at us along the way that help make it even more enjoyable to watch.

They do a wonderful job integrating this film into the already familiar canon of the Star Wars films by giving us both subtle and blatant nods to numerous events, situations and even objects that we are already familiar with from the original films.

These nods help fans of the series (like me) appreciate the connections between the films even more.

This is another film that I enjoyed a lot but expect to love it even more on subsequent rewatches.

Can’t wait to see this again (soon).

Great addition to the franchise and I hope they keep giving us more great stories from this wonderful Galaxy Far Far Away!!

Bottom Line – Another great addition to the Star Wars movie canon. Han Solo is such a great character and the previous movies don’t even scratch the surface of who he really is and how he became that ‘scoundrel” we all know and love.  The story is quite original yet being that it takes place in a world we already know, it works even better. The fact that the Star Wars Universe always feels very “lived in” is a great way for them to expand the backstories of some of the characters. The cast is great and all of the characters, both the new and the familiar help make this story even more interesting to watch.  The story comes together really well and they still manage to give us lots of surprises along the way. Loved the subtle and blatant nods to events, situations and even objects from the original trilogy which help the bigger fans of the series (like me) appreciate those nods even more. Can’t wait to see this again!  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – After Donald Glover was announced as Lando, both Phil Lord and Christopher Miller jokingly apologized for ruining Comic-Con for him forever.  (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most Definitely! They do a great job of showing how Han Solo became the scruffy smuggler we all know and love.  Probably the best Anti-hero ever created for film.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10)

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