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In this movie we see Han Solo growing up as a smuggler in his youth. There’s this love story with Han and some girl Qi’ra and it feels cliche. The movie starts with Han and Qi’ra on their home planet where they become a bit of thief’s and they’re leader is some kind of alien serpent that’s female. Han breaks some window in her place and it burns her a bit which Han and Qi’ra use to escape to another world. Along the way Han and Qi’ra get separated and Han ends up joining the empire so he can be a pilot and come back to save her. Then when Han gets recruited he can’t think of his last name the recruiter guy calls him Han Solo.
Then the movie fast forwards three years to Han on some planet trying to fight someone with the empire. Han is then thrown into a pit where Chewbacca is held prisoner and show how Han and speak Chewbacca’s language. Along the way Han encounters this smuggler guy, Beckett, played by Woody Harrison and later Han and Chewbacca join him to help out. Later Beckett, his crew, as well as Han and Chewbacca try and do this heist on some space train but they fail and most of the team gets killed, except Beckett, Han, and Chewbacca.
They go to this planet where this crime lord lives and try to negotiate a way to make up for the last job. Then Han thinks of getting unprocessed coaxium on Kessel and then they go to find a ship from this other smuggler Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover. Lando challenges Han to some poker game and Han loses but Lando wants to tag along to see what they can get from all of this. They also meet Lando’s droid friend L3-37 which sounds like a girl and she also mentions how droids seem to be slaves at times. Lando then shows Han the Millennium Falcon and then they use it to go to the mining planet Kessel and when they get there L3-73 slowly but surly frees all the droids there. Though sadly she gets shot up in a firefight and dies while Han and the others get the coaxium while trying to evade the empire through the Kessel Run where there’s a monster living near these black holes. They end up downloading a part of L3-73 into the Millennium Falcon so they can be able to avoid the Empire as well as the monster and the black holes. Even though that’s the exact opposite of what she wanted and would feel like prison to her.
Anyway they all escape and go to crime boss’s planet but some of the coaxium is fake and some of the people are trying to see it to these Cloud Raiders. Chewbacca is taken hostage by crime boss and Qi’ra ends up killing crime boss to protect Chewbacca and then contacts her true boss Darth Maul and she becomes the new boss. She then leaves in the old crime bosses ship leaving Chewbacca, and Han, as for Beckett there ends up being a little jab at “Who shot first” in Star Wars: A New Hope between Han and Greedo. After all of that Han goes to Lando’s places for another game of space poker and Han steals Lando’s cheat card and Han gets to keep the Millennium Falcon. Then Han and Chewbacca and they get a message from Jabba the Hut to find another crew to help him out and then they go into hyperspace then the movie ends.
This movie felt okay but the sadist part of this movie was that behind the scenes the director, Ron Howard, was fired halfway through for taking risks. I remember this top ten of reasons movies are starting to suck and the last two were that studios don’t take risks and care more about sequels and reboots. Also heard that the movie didn’t do too good and Disney stopped making these cinematic universe side movies which is fine by me. You can watch it for the action but I am getting a bit tired of style over substance today in entertainment. Feels like an excuse to be lazy and not try as hard to me.