Review: Solo – A Star Wars Story

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Solo – A Star Wars Story Poster

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Duration: 135 Minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 25-MAR-2018
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 3 on 5

Plot:
During an adventure into a dark criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future copilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion.

Overall Review:
Star Wars is back on the big screen a mere six months after The Last Jedi (Year 2017). Now it’s time for a spin-off, and following 2016’s “Rogue One” comes “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” directed by Ron Howard and scripted by Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan. The events of Solo take place some time after Star Wars Episode III — Revenge of the Sith (2005), and before Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. This makes Solo the first movie in the chronological timeline since the rise of the Empire, when Darth Sidious and Darth Vader are traipsing about the galaxy, putting the Sith back into power. Film benefits from its rich cast especially with both Bettany and Harrelson who excels in their roles. What’s most interesting about SOLO is that it frequently feels a lot like a classic STAR WARS movie, even more so than THE FORCE AWAKENS or THE LAST JEDI. The dialogues in SOLO are crisp and clever, and the action sequences are exciting and intense. Musical score by John Powell has the spirit and best qualities of that vintage John Williams sound, and introduces new themes that are sweet and thoughtful. Cinematography by Bradford Young is oppressively dark at times, erasing faces from the frame, making the film feel visually claustrophobic when the spirit of “Solo” tries to soar. Solo is meant to be a joyride, but there’s an issue with length (135 minutes) and dense plotting, leaving something lacking in the dynamic between Chewbacca and Han. Movie could have been spectacular & charming, but it lacks sparkle.

PDF Verdict:
Solo A Star Wars Story is terrific fun and rip-roaring ride through galaxy but it fails to reach the heights it aspires to.

Ratings: 3 on 5
Performance: 3.5 on 5
Script: 3 on 5
Screenplay: 3 on 5
Music / Background Score: 3 on 5

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