Midway is the kind hopelessly old-fashioned war film people haven’t bothered to make for decades. But in a way, that’s also part of its charm.
We already know about Han’s legendary Kessel Run, and how he acquired the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) is common knowledge, but it sure is fun watching it all play out.
Aside from being immensely fun, its also rather funny, although this is perhaps the greatest weakness here. The humour, like the Falcon, doesn’t always land. What does land for the most part is the emotion. While the film’s twists and turns are hardly unpredictable, you feel for the characters involved. Oh, apart from that one twist that almost made me spit out my popcorn. That, I did not see coming.
They clearly examined the original trilogy source material closely and got a few ideas from it, but they didn’t just replicate the Han we know. That makes sense because adult Han was clearly the product of some interesting stories and a whole heap of experience so the younger version would be a little more naive.
This film is shot beautifully and with vibrant colours. McDonagh already an Academy Award Winner in 2004 for a Best Short Film in Six Shooter displays his directorial talents again.