Solo: A Star Wars Story
Cast: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover
Director: Ron Howard
MPAA rating: PG-13
Runtime: 135 minutes
Looking for that super interesting movie of the century? Solo: A Star Wars Story quite fits the bill. This Lucasfilm-produced 2018 movie tolls the line of the American space movies, exploring tempting adventures of Han Solo, the main character. And what else could be so comforting than when two rogues meet championing their burgle business in such a seemingly seamless manner that one might think that the practice of heist is an easy one! Of course, Han Solo is supported by such fine accomplices as the young Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca. So, does that make the movie all about robbery and crimes and stuffs? Hell no! There’s a lot more carefully engraved in love, affection and a sense of survival.
As a lover of star wars movies, your curiosity is quickly fed to the world of Han and Qi’ra as they flee from the troublesome criminal group. But to gain their freedom, they have to make the sacrifice of a bribe, with space fuel known as coaxium to the Imperial officer who alone could give them a ride. Sadly, Qi’ra is caught by their pursuer. Well, Han isn’t dispirited by that, instead he is determined to make a comeback later. But to achieve this, he must first enrol as a flight cadet of an Imperial Navy.
The Ron Howard directed film heats up the viewers’ curiosity when Han Solo is punished for insubordination by form of expulsion from the Flight Academy. That’s after having spent three good years in there. This is his offence actually: he spots some criminals including Tobias Beckett, posing as the Imperial soldiers, asking to join them through a threat of exposing them. But the table turns against him when the Beckett-led gang gets him arrested. Interestingly though here is where the poor Solo chances upon his gold mine. What an irony! Both he and the beast to which Han is to be fed are needed as extra hands for Beckett. So on their next expedition, their plot to steal the coaxium-carrying ship is foiled as Cloud Riders, led by the dangerous Enfys Nest attack them, and then the coaxium is destroyed.
Fabulous team in the making
Han Solo’s (Alden Ehrenreich) smuggler role is really fitting, as most of his actions are said to be more of an idealist, but, whose dreams must be accomplished only through the eye of a realist. His role in the bribe of the Imperial officer for a passage as an escape from the local warlord earlier mentioned is a pointer to that. We also see Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) acting Han’s former lover, whose role as orphan cum partner-in-crime alongside Solo is intriguing. And the sadist Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) could have made the duo’s lives a hell, had Qi’ra not been left behind. Still, it is actually Lando Calrissan (Donald Glover) a known underworld smuggler’s defeat that paves the way for the rogue Han Solo. Even the roles of such other characters as Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Val Beckett (Thandie Newton) and Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany) cannot be ignored.
Questions about Solo: A Star Wars Story’s resemblance to other films aren’t forthcoming. Perhaps such queries aren’t necessary this time, especially for a movie that has beaten viewers’ expectation in many ways. However, some still believe the film treads the path of the 2016 Rogue One movie, which many believed to have sprung from what is referred to as the anthology of star wars film. Well, others simply accept that the popular American screenplay might be comfortably tagged a sequel to the movie titled Star Wars: The force awakens. And some critics, in a way, have foreseen a likely sequel to this Disney Studios’ distributed film.
A movie so real you want to feel every part of it
On the heist alone, plus other actions showing roguish characters one would see how beastly man could descend for the sole aim of surviving. In this 2018 blockbuster Star War movie, Ideal meats reality and the result is a chaotic world in which man’s act could not really be differentiated from animal’s (if the latter’s isn’t even much better!). As a viewer you are drawn immediately into the murderous actions of Han Solo and Beckett and even Chewbacca so much that you might wonder if man is not naturally evil.
Such disturbing traits as bribery, theft, killing and smuggling are so commonplace in the film that they have nearly erased the possibility of such fragile things as love and affection from our minds. Lando, Beckett with his wife cum accomplice Val, Han and Qi’ra, Ron Howard so masterfully brings these negative qualities of man to bear. But in reality, all of these – and more – are so much around us – if we are not too self-righteous to deny it.
With such a thrilling film come diverse reactions
A great deal of critics has given kudos to both the producer and the director of the Solo movie for their wild imagination in the creation of the movie. A lot more have however felt that the 2018 Star Wars movie has not revolutionized the Star Wars anthology. In short, some critics are of the opinion that the 2018 Solo: A Star Wars film has added “nothing new” to the Star Wars movie style.
However, we cannot ignore the huge reception given the film even before its release. Besides gulping a total of 71% of 334 reviews with a 6/4/10 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the film goes ahead to score 62 over 100 based on the criticisms of 54 people on Metacritic. Also, PostTrack’s cinemagoers scored the movie 89% overall performance while the popular CinemaScore believed the film deserved an A in overall positive rating. Other movie critiquing websites such as Solo and Peter travers think that the film is worth a 2.2 out of 4 rating. But criticism or not, Solo: A Star Wars Story is unique in its own way.