Wednesday, 30 May 2018

MPOV: Solo: A Star Wars Story

My rating: 3/5
IMDb rating: 7.2/10

Released: May 23, 2018
Director: Ron Howard
Casts: Alden Ehrenreich, Donald Glover, Emilia Clarke, Woodie Harrelson, Thandie Newton
Rated: PG-13
Category: A 2018 American space, western, fantasy, science fiction film

The galaxy is in a state of disorder, with criminal syndicates competing for valuable resources like the hyper fuel coaxium. On the shipbuilding world of Corellia, orphaned children are made to steal in order to survive as a young Han and his lover Qi'ra long to escape the clutches of a local criminal gang. They successfully bribe an Imperial officer with stolen coaxium in exchange for passage on an outgoing transport, but Qi'ra is apprehended by their pursuers before she can board. Han vows to return for her and joins the Imperial Navy as a flight cadet.

Three years later, Han has been expelled from the Imperial Flight Academy for insubordination. While serving as an infantryman during a battle on the planet Mimban, he encounters a gang of criminals posing as Imperial soldiers led by Tobias Beckett. He tries to blackmail them into taking him with them, but Beckett has him arrested for desertion and thrown into a pit to be fed to a beast – a Wookiee named Chewbacca. Han and Chewbacca work together to escape their confinement. In need of extra hands, Beckett rescues them and enlists them in the gang's plot to steal a shipment of coaxium on the planet Vandor. The plan goes awry when the marauder Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders show up, resulting in the deaths of two crew members and the destruction of the coaxium.

Beckett reveals he was ordered to steal the shipment for Dryden Vos, a high-ranking crime boss in the Crimson Dawn syndicate. Han and Chewbacca volunteer to help him steal another shipment. They travel to Vos' yacht where Han finds Qi'ra, who has joined Crimson Dawn. Han offers a risky plan to steal unrefined coaxium from the mines on Kessel; Vos insists that Qi'ra, his top lieutenant, accompanies them. Qi'ra leads the team to Lando Calrissian, an accomplished smuggler and pilot who she hopes will lend them his ship. Han challenges Lando to a game of sabacc, with the wager being Lando's ship. Lando cheats to win, but is convinced to join the mission in exchange for a share of the profits. The team boards his ship, the Millennium Falcon, and heads for Kessel. After reaching the planet and infiltrating the mine, Lando's droid co-pilot L3-37 instigates a riot. They use the confusion to steal a consignment of coaxium, but L3 is severely damaged and Lando is injured during the escape. Han pilots the ship through the Kessel Run, taking a dangerous route through an uncharted maelstrom in order to avoid an Imperial blockade. Although the Falcon receives severe damage during the journey, Han successfully navigates the run and the ship heads to Savareen to process the fuel.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

Overall, this movie seemed to be slow paced with a few actions here and there. The story went way back with a young Han with his then girlfriend, Qi'ra, trying to escape Corellia, how he found Chewbacca and finally got his hands on the Millennium Falcon. Basically, it's a summary of his life before Princess Leia.

Alden does has a very big shoe to fill in as Han Solo. Harrison Ford was born to be Han but Alden seemed short of Harrison's charismatic cavalier in bringing out the Han Solo in him. It was more of a wannabe and not quite believable for me. Donald, on the other hand, was truly magnetic as Lando... definitely as good as Billy Dee Williams!

With a much better CGI, the movie fared much better and realistically more believable. However it does lacked some 'oomph' here and there. Just can't pinpoint it but I guessed this movie is more for the Star Wars fanatics, unlike me lah. Just an average sci-fi movie in my books.

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