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Solo: A Star Wars Story (12A) – Review

‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ is an action packed, enjoyable romp into the origins of Han Solo, which unfortunately isn’t without its own issues. 

Han Solo played by Alden Ehrenreich, is convincing in the role as a young solo, but Donald Glover’s remarkable portrayal of Lando Calrissian is true highlight of the film. Solo hits all the notes you would expect from Han’s origin story, from meeting Chewie to making the Kessel run in 12 parsecs and even learning about his first love Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke).

Crime syndicate Crimson Dawn leader Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) is convincing enough as the main antagonist, although he seems more like a Bond villain than galactic crime lord. I fear with Disney creating new stories for Star Wars, they may suffer with the same problem as many Marvel films do – unconvincing villains.

When compared to fellow standalone film Rogue One, Solo fails to resonate with the viewer as Rouge One did. Overall if you are a fan of action movies and Star Wars you will enjoy Solo, however you can’t escape the feeling there’s no reason for the film to exist and it all feels a bit pointless. The story throughout Solo seems to be building things up for a sequel – a questionable decision for a supposed ‘standalone’ entry.  Rogue One felt like a vital addition to the Star Wars cannon, Solo for all its charm doesn’t feel essential, but it’s still more fun than The Last Jedi!

Blockers (15) – REVIEW

Blocking was originally a theatre term that refers to the positioning and movement of the actors in the stage. But in today’s age definitely has a different meaning! 

“Blockers” is one of those films that has you laughing from start to finish and feeling uplifted! A great A-list cast including – Leslie Mann, John Cena and Ike Barinholtz. Alongside some great up and coming actors and actresses.

A film showing the lives of millennial’s and how out of touch parents can be!

Three best friends decide “prom night” is the night to take their relationships to the next level, unfortunately their parents catch wind of their plans and are determined to make sure that isn’t the case.

It all starts with a lot of egg-plant emojies that the parents see from a linked laptop, so the protective parents set off on their journey to keep their children in cotton wool and stop their plans.

With hilariously cringey moments of parents witnessing things they absolutely shouldn’t and crashing parties, even boyfriends being thrown through walls!

It perfectly sums up the new generation and the love parents have for their children, displaying heart warming moments alongside a laugh a minute! I would highly recommend this film it’s a brilliant R rated comedy guaranteed to make you smile! Full of well presented adult humour through-out it’s perfect for a “date night” or one to watch with friends!

Star Wars The Last Jedi (12A) – REVIEW

As someone who was not born for the originals, I often don’t feel the same level of nostalgia that older Star Wars fans experience watching the new saga. The Last Jedi steps away from the nostalgia heavy Force Awakens to create its own story which is closer to stand alone installment Rouge One, than episode seven. 

Unfortunately for fans of J.J Abrams The Force Awakens, the great Finn and Rey dynamic is sadly absent for the majority of the film. But The Last Jedi successfully creates a compelling villain in Kylo Ren and his regular interactions with Rey are just one of the highlights of the film. But The Last Jedi falls flat in its attempts to make the audience fear the actions of General Hux.

The return of a much loved character from the original trilogy perfectly sums up where the new Star Wars is heading, however much of shock that would be to long-time fans of the series.

Overall The Last Jedi is an enjoyable film, with only a few negative points. Oh yeah and Porgs, we all love Porgs.

Rating: 3.5/5

Paddington 2 (PG) – REVIEW

An adventure of what should be listed as the most polite little bear in history! Paddington tries to give a very special gift to his beloved aunt Lucy but as always nothing is straight forward for the little bear and he finds himself in a terrible situation leaving him wrongfully imprisoned, with the real thief cleverly on the run! 

It’s touch and go as Paddington’s family fight for his justice and even break an entry to ensure their beloved bear is proven innocent. But in true Paddington style he manages to stay positive and encourages everyone he comes across to be kind and spread the love!

It’s a film that reminds you to always remain positive, emphasizing the importance of family strength and manners! A fantastic family friendly film, full of pantomime styled fun! It’s sure to make you shed a tear and remember the gift of giving and all the good in the world! definitely one not to be missed!

Watch the trailer here