Our Thoughts On Solo: A Star Wars Story!

Hey All!

Solo, A Star Wars Story is the second spin-off film in the Star Wars universe since Disney acquired the franchise. It is however, the first film to be based on a lone character. Yes I thought about using the phrase “solo character” but that’s just way too easy. That being said, it really isn’t just about Han Solo. Much like how the Captain America films were not just starring Captain America, Solo also has familiar faces within its ensemble. So while Solo and Rogue One are referred to spin off films, I think a better way to categorize them would be as “Legends.”

In Star Wars Episode IV A New Hope, we heard mention of the Death Star plans being stolen and that’s how they made it to Yavin before the big battle at the end. There was a story to be told, and that story is legendary. Solo is similar in that through the original trilogy we hear brief mentions about the life Han Solo lead before that fateful trip to the Cantina on Tatooine from A New Hope. These stories make up the legend of Han Solo. One example is what is said about the Millennium Falcon: “She made the Kessel run in 12 parsecs.” We get to see the legend of Millennium Falcon making that run in 12 parsecs. Speaking of the Millennium Falcon, everyone recognizes it as Han’s ship, but before Han, fans know that it belonged to Lando Calrissian. How does Han get the ship? It is another legendary moment we witness. And then there is the greatest bromance in all the galaxy; we get to see how Han and Chewbacca first meet.

Rather than simply showing each of these legendary moments, a story was crafted and the basis of that story is a heist. Leading up to the heist we follow Han as he enters the larger galaxy having escaped his home of Corellia at a very young age. While the major heist in the film doesn’t occur until the end of the second act; like most heist films, it’s the building of the team that is real fun. Of course, there is Han Solo (played by Alden Ehrenreich from Hail Caesar!) who is the pilot, Tobias Beckett is the leader (Woody Harrelson from War for the Planet of the Apes), and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo reprising his role as Chewie from The Last Jedi) is of course the muscle.

They are pulling a job for Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany from Avengers Infinity War) and are accompanied by his lieutenant Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke from Game of Thrones). But to pull off the job they need a ship. That’s where Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover from Community and The Martian) comes in and what he brings to the team is another piece of Star Wars iconography that is legendary….The Millennium Falcon. Once assembled the real fun begins as these characters must work together to pull off a job that will become legendary in Star Wars canon.

And that’s what Star Wars really is all about: FUN! When Lucas set out to make his film, it was based on his love of serial space operas he watched as a kid. He wanted to bring those kinds of stories back and that’s what his first Star Wars film was: FUN! Its summer and May 25th, 2018 is the 41st anniversary of the release of the first Star Wars film. Solo, A Star Wars Story continues in the tradition of fun summer films that can be enjoyed by the whole family and also succeeds in giving us our first glimpse into the legend of Han Solo.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theatres everywhere now! Get your tickets now!

You can find more info on the film at the official SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY site: http://www.starwars.com/films/solo

Hope you love it as much as we did!

Jesse Delia