The Star Wars franchise seemed huge when I was growing up and it was. It was only three movies but it was a huge influence on my and millions of other people. It was a phenomenon. And much to my amazement, it only got bigger with time. It spawned three prequels that remain some of most hotly debated films ever, and a new trilogy commencing next year to wrap up the Skywalker saga. But now that Star Wars is under the Disney roof, they are also expanding into standalone movies and so far, they are hitting them out of the park. Rogue One was a huge success and our first real glimpse of what some of the rest of the universe might look like. And now we have our first real backstory of one of the franchises main characters, Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is a young free spirited rogue pilot trying to find his place in the galaxy. After joining them being kicked out of the Imperial Flight Academy, he joins a band of thieves that are trying to survive by stealing assorted goods. Their newest heist finds Han, along with new partners Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) and Lando (Donald Glover) enlisted to steal a large amount of a precious hyperfuel known as coaxium for a deadly crime boss, Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). Han also runs into his former girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), who now works for Vos, and if any of them are going to escape his clutches alive, it is going to take some serious swindling.
Many Star Wars ‘Fans’ have complained that these Star Wars Story installments are not necessary but I for one am a big fan. I adored Rogue One and thought it was a welcome change to see a new area of the Star Wars universe. The same goes for Solo: A Star Wars Story. We may know a lot about the character, and know he won’t die in the film, but seeing scenes we have only heard about; the Kessel fun, the meeting of Solo and Lando, the meeting of Solo and Chewbacca; that is the fun part. And this film is brilliantly constructed as an adventure space heist movie. The action sequences are fresh and fun, the entire cast are excellent with Donald Glover stealing every scene he is in as Lando Calrissian, and Alden Ehrenreich nailing the iconic role of Han Solo without ever resorting to mimicking Harrison Ford’s performances. If Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story are any indications, I am definitely psyched for the future of the Star Wars franchise. Very highly recommended.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Review