Sunday, June 17, 2018

2018 Movie Review - Solo: A Star Wars Story

Remind me again why am I a Star Wars fanatic? The iconic franchise has already made a mark with its original trilogy (A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, episodes 4-6 respectively) and prequel trilogy (episodes 1-3 include The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith). It’s just wonderful how the creators were able to craft interlocking stories even if they’re decades and generations apart as evidenced by the graphics and technology used in the films. 

The sequels that followed after felt so strained with the introduction of new characters and an apparently worn out plot. And now they are releasing a “solo” character movie for that matter? Are the producers just exploiting the solid fan base to rake in a chunk of profit? Do we really need this narrative? Well, I guess it is safe to say that it may be important to release one to make their presence felt. 

Before we go on any further, it is still note-worthy to recognize the fact that viewers still have the power to decide whether to watch the movie or not; whether they would enjoy it or not. And most of the time, there’s this part of me that is optimistic whenever I choose to watch one. So okay, I’m giving “Solo: A Star Wars Story” a chance. 

To start, anyone who would portray Han Solo needs to step up his game as Harrison Ford has owned the role so much. Alden Ehrenreich in one way or another did justice in representing the young Han Solo in terms of charm, swagger and wit. 

Do not expect gigantic battle sequences such as the use of the “force” or breathtaking lightsaber duels as the story only sets up the origin of how Han Solo came to be, how he got acquainted with Chewbecca and how he found the Millennium Falcon. Nothing grand as we try to scrutinize his persona as part of the bigger picture.

That being said, there are still a handful scenes (ex. train heist, Kessel run) that will keep you amused, a few antics that will get you entertained and some characters that will make you wonder.

These are very well incorporated in a rather simple plot with a totally remarkable musical score for a truly enjoyable movie encounter.

I'm giving this an 8.5 out of 10 popcorn bucket.

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