Happy weekend, readers! Not only is it the weekend, but SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is now officially in theaters. Ahhhh! I saw the movie last night with my mom and cousin, and it was amazing! However, I know that life happens and we all can’t see a movie on opening weekend, so I’ve put together this spoiler-free review for those of you who still have to see SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY (or those of you who need a little extra push to go see it. If you do need a little extra convincing, might I suggest my 5 reasons to see SOLO post?). I’ve got a spoiler post coming up next week, so be on the lookout for that one, too.
SOLO: A Star Wars Story
Board the Millennium Falcon and journey to a galaxy far, far away in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY, an all-new adventure with the most beloved scoundrel in the galaxy. Through a series of daring escapades deep within a dark and dangerous criminal underworld, Han Solo befriends his mighty future copilot Chewbacca and meets the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, in a journey that will set the course of one of the Star Wars saga’s most unlikely heroes.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY takes audiences on a wild ride into the past of one of our favorite ruffians, Han Solo. Join our favorite scruffy-looking nerf herder as he journeys to become the best pilot in the galaxy and save the ones he loves. Watch as he gains new friends – and enemies – and learns the truth about who he really is, a truth that perhaps only new character Qi’Ra recognizes. LucasFilm Studios spins a tale that’s as fun and exciting as a ride on the Millennium Falcon and that will leave audiences anxious for the next installment in the Han Solo saga.
My SPOILER FREE SOLO: A Star Wars Story Review
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY is great! It is such a fun movie to watch. I am usually drawn to stories that have great characters. Although SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY has amazing characters (I mean, hello), I think this is one story that hooked me in based on the plot. It’s got adventure, comedy, romance. It has a hero’s (or perhaps anti-hero’s) journey, betrayals, and unpredictable plot twists. It’s a Star Wars movie, but perhaps it’s a different kind of Star Wars movie than we’re used to – though that hardly takes away from it’s enjoyment.
I like to try to predict plot twists in a story (even though I hate spoilers, and part of me is always mad at my brain for spoiling the plot twists for me). I was able to predict some aspects of SOLO, but never 100% correctly. So even though I knew something was going to happen, I never knew what that something would be, or how that something would happen. Does that make sense?
The characters were great. I loved seeing younger Han Solo, Chewie, and Lando. I loved seeing all of these characters come together for the first time and learn how to interact with each other. The actors who play the new characters played them so well that I loved them almost as much as I love Han, Chewie, and Lando.
Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in SOLO: A Star Wars Story
I know there are a lot of people worried about Alden Ehrenreich playing our beloved scoundrel Han Solo. Let me take a moment to address this.
Is Alden Ehrenreich Harrison Ford? No. Does he look and sound exactly like Harrison Ford? No. Does he portray an honest to goodness version of Han Solo?
Alden Ehrenreich is playing a younger version of Han Solo. People – real and fictional alike – change and evolve. I bet you are different than who you were ten years ago, just as I am different than who I was ten years ago. It’s the same character, but a different version. Alden’s Han Solo is more immature, less hardened, and perhaps a bit more free-spirited and, dare I say, hopeful than Harrison Ford’s Han Solo. Despite these differences, it’s the same Han Solo. I can easily imagine this younger version of Han Solo. And I’m saddened by what must happen in the next ten years to transform him into the Han Solo we know from the original trilogy.
If you need a little extra encouragement, just remember that Harrison Ford mentored Alden Ehrenreich a bit in terms of taking on the Han Solo mantle.
SOLO: A Star Wars Story “Scoundrel” Featurette
In honor of the SOLO release, a new featurette has been released. Check out the “Scoundrel” featurette below, which gives a taste of the characters you’ll encounter and the story you’ll witness when you go to see SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY.
Don’t forget to keep a look out for my spoiler post, coming out early next week. Let me know what you think of the movie!
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Post written by Molly Maurer