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Solo: A Star Wars Story  : Bumpy Ride Backwards
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Friday, May 25, 2018
Action
Ron Howard
Alden Ehrenreich, Joonas Suotamo, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke

This is strictly for the loyal Star Wars audience especially Han Solo fans.

 

Whether you wondered where Solo came from or not, this prequel decides to make a whole film out of it.

 

Everything’s dystopic in Correlia where wickedness rules and Han Solo is a young state-sponsored criminal. The ruler is a cruel centipede-like creature who says, ‘There must be consequences for disobedience’.  Solo is not just disobedient, he stands up and pronounces that he’s never going to learn to fall in line. It sets the tone for Solo and his independent cockiness.

 

Sizzling chemistry between Han and girlfriend Qi’ra is established early before they escape from Correlia with dreams of owning their own spaceship. The army gives chase but with Han, the best pilot in the galaxy at the wheel, it’s a long, hot action sequence. Han scrapes through and escapes; Qi’ra doesn’t.

 

Street-smart and willing to bribe and blackmail his way through, Han finally teams up with a pair of thieves, Beckett’s one of them. Even as he agrees to an ambitious heist with them, what’s uppermost on his have-to list is to go back to Correlia and get Qi’ra.

 

Several action scenes later, he does meet up with herbut in a gangster’s den. She knows a trick or two about survival.

 

There are battles and killings and action all around the galaxy. But what fans will cheer is the meeting between Han and Wookiee Chewbacca, his co-pilot. Han knows a bit of Wookiee, so that helps break chains. Literally.

 

Han, Chewy and Beckett have another robbery they have to pull off and deliver. They need a spaceship and that brings Han to Lando Calrissian’s lair. Card tricks, gambling, spaceships and sentimental attachment to a droid, it’s all there, jam-packed. And Donald Glover makes a likeably rakish Calrissian.

 

It takes a while to accept Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo after a lifetime of watching Harrison Ford in the role. But treat Ehrenreich’s story as an episode by itself and he’s charming enough to make the fit.

 

Verdict: Director Ron Howard who films Solo from a screenplay by Johnathan and Lawrence Kasdan, does what his assignment probably asked him to – use the familiar template, overdose on special effects and just make another film for the franchise. Not having Solo: A Star Wars Story around wouldn’t really have mattered but the bumpy ride back to Han’s origins is fun. 

 

Direction: 3.5/5
Screenplay: 3/5

Story: 3/5
Dialogues: 2.5/5
Music: 3/5

 

Reviewed by

Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author
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