Sat, 07 July 2018
Rating: 3/5 Stars
Directed By: Ron Howard
Starring: Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke
With the emerging demand of hyperfuel and other resources, Han Solo finds himself in the middle of a heist alongside other criminals, where they meet the likes of Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian in an adventurous situation exposing the criminal underworld of the Star Wars saga.
Solo, both the movie and this new iteration of Ford’s classic character, now played by Alden Ehrenreich, flies by on charm, breezy irreverence and a slice of Star Wars fan service. But while it gets the trappings and appearances right, Solo never delivers on the promise of finding out why Han became who he was in A New Hope. It just explains how he got his stuff.
The film features some ably executed action scenes, with the key one being a train heist about midway through. This extended sequence calls to mind the westerns and World War II movies that all helped inspire George Lucas’s original Star Wars. The film also continues the franchise’s renewed interest in practical effects, making this once again feel like a lived-in world populated by real creatures and working vehicles and droids.
Ultimately, Solo offers enough pulpy fun and galaxy far, far away entertainment value to diminish any bad feeling one may have had about it heading into release.
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Four years after the Jurassic World theme park was closed down, Owen and Claire return to Isla Nublar to save the dinosaurs when they learn that a once-dormant volcano on the island is active and is threatening to extinguish all life there. Owen sets out to find Blue, his lead raptor, and discovers a conspiracy.
Five years, eight months, 12 days and counting – that’s how long Debbie Ocean has been devising the biggest heist of her life. She knows what it’s going to take: a team of the best people in the field, starting with her partner-in-crime Lou Miller. Together, they recruit a crew of specialists. Their target is a necklace that’s worth more than USD150 million.