A comic and heartwarming drama about a man who gradually comes to term with his late father while on the run in his father's wacky beat-up car, "Stellar". Young Bae, an ace in the car loan industry, is put in a tough spot when his friend Dong Shik disappears with a supercar which he took on consignment. Not only that, a local gang starts coming after Young-bae, claiming that they put their drugs in the missing car. After hearing of his father’s death and impending inheritance, he attends the funeral, only to find his father’s beat-up Stellar, which he used to drive as a taxi. Young Bae remembered it as a big and fancy luxury sedan, but now he can barely open its door. Still, he drives it away as he looks for whereabouts of his friend. Although Stellar barely runs at times, when he’s being chased, it will run like a sports car, allowing Young-bae to escape unscathed. As he squabbles with Stellar, he recollects memories of his father little by little and starts to understand his father’s true intentions that he never put into words, and grows from a son to a father himself. (Source: FineCut) Edit Translation
- Português (Brasil)
- magyar / magyar nyelv
Cast & Credits
Comedic Grief with Heart and GangstersOn a script by Bae Se-young, who also penned the hilarious “Extreme Job”, “Stellar: A Magical Ride” combines comedy with action elements and some family (melo) drama, in a crowd pleasing effort that has both good and bad moments.
Kwon Soo-kyung directs a movie that moves into a number of distinctly mainstream paths. The car-chase elements are combined with a road-trip aspect that has Young-bae stumbling upon almost every issue a (professional) driver can stumble upon. Offensive drivers, mechanical issues, impolite “customers”, not to mention a number who are willing to resort to violence to solve their road problems, with this last factor bringing us to another central aspect of the narrative, action, which is aplenty here and also includes much hand-to-hand combat. The approach to the action is mostly comedic, but the scenes occasionally are quite violent even if not bloody. Comedy is another central element here, essentially encompassing all others in the film, with the things that happen to Young-bae being the main source of it, as much as the way the gang members fail to catch him or get their cargo back. Lastly, his memories of his father, and his childhood in general, bring in a family drama aspect that occasionally borders on the melodrama, even more so after the appearance of Dong-sik, although the general approach remains focused on the comedic.
The combination of all these elements results in an episodic movie, whose individual moments are appealing, benefitting the most by Son Ho-jun’s acting as Young-bae, the function of the car, which eventually exhibits elements of humanity, and the fact that the villains are both dangerous and clumsy on occasion, with Kim Kyeon-woo as Sledgehammer, embodying this aspect to the fullest. Lee Sung-jae’s cinematography captures all these elements with a fittingly polished approach, with the exception of the flashbacks, whose “fogginess” could have been avoided. Shin Min-kyung’s editing results in an equally fitting fast pace that finds its apogee in the action scenes, where Jeon Jae-hyeong’s choreography also shines in its combination of comedy and violence.
At the same time, as a whole, the movie does not make that much sense, having too many things happening at the same time, too many characters involved, and the father arc occasionally bordering on the cheesy. Furthermore, and although there is nothing wrong with any performance, some more star quality would definitely benefit the film, considering its nature, with the comparison with “Extreme Job” highlighting the fact quite eloquently.
Despite some issues here and there, that do not allow it to reach the top of the category, “Stellar: A Magical Ride” is fun and quite easy to watch, and that is where its true value lies.
Genre komedi cuma judul, aslinya bikin mewek?Kembali liat aktingnya son ho jun setelah Go Back Couple dan aku gak melihat perbedaan yang mencolok dari aktingnya, but still memuaskan. Yang 'menyelamatkan' unsur komedi dari film ini adalah Lee Kyuhyung sebagai Don-sik yang mana sewaktu liat dia vibes pecandu narkoba di Prison Playbook nya masih kerasa kenceng banget, i like it. Dan sesuai headline, sekomedi-komedinya film ini bisa bikin kita mewek juga di babak penutup. Emang ya, kalo liat son ho jun nangis tuh bawaannya pengen ikutan nangis juga. Minus dari film ini aku kurang bisa memahami perasaan son ho jun yang kecewa dengan bapaknya (mungkin faktor plot yang maju-mundur) dan aku juga masih belum paham alasan bapaknya menceraikan ibunya son ho jun. Tapi diluar itu semua aku cukup puas dengan endingnya dan memang selama perjalanan son ho jun di film ini, dia benar-benar selalu menemukan keajaiban