I saw Solo tonight as a way of killing time so I didn’t have to be in rush hour traffic. It was a good movie but I’m not really interested in doing a review of it. So, just a couple of observations.
It’s been a while since I’ve been in a theater that had commercials plus trailers, or it was some kind of entertainment news called “Noovie”. But mixed in with the trailers were three short segments of the Grinch from this winter’s movie making snide remarks and complaining about the trailers. One was him dragging a popcorn machine because there’s too many trailers and he’s gonna need that much popcorn to make it through them. Another was him texting what he though of something (I forgot what) and he decided the best way to sum it up was to use the poop emoji, then commenting that someone should make a movie about that, which was a shot at The Emoji Movie. There was another one, and I think these are exclusive to AMC theaters.
There was one missed opportunity in Solo. The game Sabacc is used as a plot point and as a callback towards the end. It’s a card game with two special features: there are cards with negative values and the cards can change at random. So if you think of blackjack where you’re trying to get to 21, you could have 20 and if you wait too long, a card could change to bring you over 21 or drop you way lower. In Sabacc, you can win with +23, -23 or The Idiots Array of the card titled “The Idiot” (worth 0) along with any card valued two and any card valued three.
It would have been very easy to use a little bit of CGI to show one of the cards changing its value, but they didn’t do that.