Solo: A Star Wars Story Spoiler Review | Hollywood Redux Podcast | Episode 504 | Starring Alden Ehrenreich
Join Matt and Kryzzalia onboard the Millennium Falcon as they punch it to finish the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs, in their review of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
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About the Movie (spoilers):
The galaxy is in a state of disorder, with criminal syndicates competing for valuable resources like the hyper fuel coaxium. On the shipbuilding world of Corellia, orphaned children are made to steal in order to survive as a young Han and his lover Qi’ra long to escape the clutches of a local criminal gang. They successfully bribe an Imperial officer with stolen coaxium in exchange for passage on an outgoing transport, but Qi’ra is apprehended by their pursuers before she can board. Han vows to return for her and joins the Imperial Navy as a flight cadet, taking on the surname “Solo”.
Three years later, Han has been expelled from the Imperial Flight Academy for insubordination. While serving as an infantryman during a battle on the planet Mimban, he encounters a gang of criminals posing as Imperial soldiers led by Tobias Beckett. He tries to blackmail them into taking him with them, but Beckett has him arrested for desertion and thrown into a pit to be fed to a beast – a Wookiee named Chewbacca. Han and Chewbacca work together to escape their confinement. In need of extra hands, Beckett rescues them and enlists them in the gang’s plot to steal a shipment of coaxium on the planet Vandor. The plan goes awry when the marauder Enfys Nest and her Cloud-Riders show up, resulting in the deaths of two crew members and the destruction of the coaxium.
Beckett reveals he was ordered to steal the shipment for Dryden Vos, a high-ranking crime boss in the Crimson Dawn syndicate. Han and Chewbacca volunteer to help him steal another shipment. They travel to Vos’ yacht where Han finds Qi’ra, who has joined Crimson Dawn. Han offers a risky plan to steal unrefined coaxium from the mines on Kessel; Vos insists that Qi’ra, his top lieutenant, accompanies them. Qi’ra leads the team to Lando Calrissian, an accomplished smuggler and pilot who she hopes will lend them his ship. Han challenges Lando to a game of sabacc, with the wager being Lando’s ship. Lando cheats to win, but is convinced to join the mission in exchange for a share of the profits. The team boards his ship, the Millennium Falcon, and heads for Kessel. After reaching the planet and infiltrating the mine, Lando’s droid co-pilot L3-37 instigates a riot. They use the confusion to steal a consignment of coaxium, but L3 is severely damaged and Lando is injured during the escape. Han pilots the ship through the Kessel Run, taking a dangerous route through an uncharted maelstrom in order to avoid an Imperial blockade. Although the Falcon receives severe damage during the journey, Han successfully navigates the run and the ship heads to Savareen to process the fuel.
Being confronted by Enfys, who had tracked them from Vandor, Lando leaves aboard the Falcon. After a confrontation, Enfys reveals she and her crew are not pirates but rebels trying to prevent the syndicates and the Empire from gaining power. Sympathetic to their cause, Han tries to trick Vos. Vos, who had been alerted to their treachery by Beckett, sends all of his soldiers to kill Enfys and the Cloud-Riders. However, Han had anticipated Beckett’s deception; the Cloud Riders kill all of Vos’s guards, leaving him defenseless. Beckett takes Chewbacca hostage and escapes with the coaxium, betraying Vos. Qi’ra kills Vos and urges Han to save Chewbacca from Beckett and says she will join him shortly.
Alone aboard Vos’s yacht, Qi’ra contacts Vos’ superior, Maul; she informs him of the mission’s failure and assumes Vos’s position. Han catches up with and kills Beckett. Han and Chewbacca deliver the coaxium to Enfys, who offers Han the chance to join the rebellion against the Empire. Han declines but is given a single canister of fuel, enough to buy his own ship.
Han and Chewbacca track down Lando, challenging him to a second sabacc game for possession of the Falcon, which Han wins after stealing Lando’s cheating card. Han and Chewbacca head to Tatooine, where a gangster is putting together a crew for a heist.
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