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Tuesday, 29 May 2018 14:24

Taking flight with 'Solo'

Full disclosure: I love “Star Wars.” The original trilogy is near and dear to my heart – one of my earliest memories is seeing “Empire” at the drive-in when I was three. And while the prequels left a lot to be desired, Disney’s reinvigoration of the franchise in recent years has been welcome.

“Solo: A Star Wars Story” is the fourth film in this new wave and somehow manages to be both the biggest departure and the most conventional of the bunch. Turmoil seemed abundant behind the scenes – original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were replaced by Ron Howard; rumblings about reshoots and acting coaches and whatnot were plentiful – so one wondered what the final product was going to be.

It’s … fine. Pretty good, actually. Not as good as the other newer offerings, but with plenty to recommend it. There are moments where it feels stitched together and a bit inconsistent, but otherwise, the directorial drama doesn’t show up much on screen. The performances range from meh to solid to excellent. The story is a bit slight and there are certain narrative mysteries that might have been better left unsolved (along with some tonal inconsistency and a few not-insignificant timeline questions), but all in all, it’s a fun space opera/heist movie with a charming cast and some strong set pieces.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 20 December 2017 13:54

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ far from least

There are few films as difficult to review as a “Star Wars” movie. There’s such a fine line that needs to be walked with regards to the narrative; no one wants to be responsible for spoiling any aspect of such an eagerly-anticipated cinematic experience. However, you also want to be able to convey your feelings about the movie in a manner that is both engaging and accurate.

Published in Movies
Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:30

May the Fab Force be with you

Parody duo Palette-Swap Ninja produces Star Wars/Beatles mashup

Published in Cover Story
Wednesday, 21 December 2016 10:55

The audacity of hope – ‘Rogue One’

Remember the days when you waited years for a new “Star Wars” movie to arrive? When you waited so long that even when it wasn’t very good, you talked yourself into it because any new “Star Wars” was better than no new “Star Wars”?

Published in Movies
Tuesday, 21 January 2014 21:26

The music of John Williams

The soundtrack of our lives

ORONO Music is a universal language that pervades our lives, from radio, television and movies to the personal soundtracks we put together with our own media. But one man has dominated film, crafting music that resonates with our subconscious so intensely that just hearing a note or two can transport you back to the moment you first heard it. On Feb. 1, at the Collins Center for the Arts in Orono, Bangor Symphony Orchestra will be treating their audience to 'The Pops: The Music of John Williams.

Published in Cover Story

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