This review will be spoiler-free for a time, and then there will be a spoiler warning toward the end.
The summer of 2020 is mercifully almost over. By now, you and your younglings have spent more than 100 days in togetherness bliss. No doubt, everyone is feeling an extra special sense of restlessness due to the prolonged lockdown. There are even some days you may have loved them a little less, especially when your four-year-old flushed a brick down the toilet. Not your angel? Maybe just the one I know.
Music is one of the more important but overlooked aspects that goes into making a successful piece of media. A good song or musical score can set the tone, establish character, change the mood, and even create characters entirely. Without John Williams' score, the shark in Jaws is just a camera going through the water. A great score can be a character unto itself.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a turbulent time as far as movie releases go. Early on, Disney made the decision to release Pixar’s Onward on Disney+ shortly after it had been put in theaters. Since then, they have had to push back Marvel films, the next of which was supposed to be Black Widow.
Solo: A Star Wars Story was a sort of anomaly in the greater Star Wars film series. The films are generally box office smashes, regardless of how good the actual movie is. Especially in this day and age, seeing one that does not break some kind of box office record is rather strange. That is what made Solo so odd. It was a box office flop, barely making its budget back, but it is still regarded as one of the better Star Wars films post-original trilogy. It is widely seen as flawed, but fun.
The movie industry has come a long way in its inclusion and portrayal of minorities since it began. Early silent films such as The Birth of a Nation portrayed African Americans as essentially uncivilized monsters only out to hurt the good white people. Even if you think we have a long way to go to be truly inclusive, one has to admit that the film industry has made serious advances.