Disney provided hotel and transportation to LA so that we could attend the Solo: A Star Wars Movie Premiere and Solo: A Star Wars Story Press Junket. During the Solo Movie Premiere we of course screened the movie and I have to tell you so much about the movie.
First, to anyone who is out there saying that’s not my Han Solo, Alden Ehrenreich is not my Solo, you are correct. Han has a background as do all of us. He came from a planet where he was enslaved. He was forced to do certain labor and wanted out from under it. He was in love with Qi’ra played by Emilia Clarke and would do anything to save her from this life as well. But he was a runner too. In a way, if you think about where he and Leia were in The Force Awakens, he’s still a runner. So he came up with a plan to get them both off the planet. The plan goes south and Qi’ra doesn’t make it out with him. He vows that he will come back and get her out. But his only way off the planet was to enlist in the Empire. And you’ll be surprised to find how Han becomes Han SOLO.
It’s unclear how long he spends in The Empire, but in the middle of a huge battle he starts questioning what and why are they doing what they are doing. He seems to be very poor at following orders and I think one thing we love about Han is his confidence. This guy still doesn’t have the swagger and confidence we associate with Han but he’s getting more. He finds a bunch of people that don’t seem to fit it. They are following Tobias Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson. Up to this point, the scenes in the movie are all really dark. I don’t mean deep, I mean, the lighting is dark. I also found the flow to be a little off as it was action scene into another action scene. It lacked a story line. Then Han finds himself in more trouble and is thrown into a cage with Chewbacca played by Joonas Suotamo. This is how the two meet. As Chewbacca is trying to kill Han, Han starts speaking Wookie.
Han comes up with another plan and he and Chewbacca are able to escape. They join with Tobias as he’s stealing a ship from the Empire. Tobias takes it upon himself to try and train Han, or he’s trying to teach him some life lessons like “don’t trust anyone”.
I don’t want to give you a full recap of the story, you need a reason to go see it but you will find that along the way, he runs into Qi’ra again, who then takes him to Lando.
But with any Star Wars movie, the robots usually bring in some more humor. As I was watching though, I found humor in Han as well. Alden’s performance made Han my favorite character again. Especially by the end of the movie, because I LOVED the way the movie ended and how Han and Chewbacca are flying off for the next big job.
I don’t remember any curse words, I remember someone started one but didn’t finish it. However, i could be wrong. Solo: A Star Wars Story also did a good job of connecting with the other stories. Han has some lucky dice and they end up in The Last Jedi. Han says he has a good feeling about this, instead of I have a bad feeling about this. And in the end we find out that the bad guy, Dryden Vos played by Paul Bettany, works for someone from the Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars, and in Rebels which are beloved cartoons that my children loved!! I don’t want to spoil it because it’s a surprise for sure that everyone in the audience loved. But I will drop this poster right here and let you mull that over:
Ok, so we’ve talked about the characters I found their performances to be good, and the longer I thought about the movie the more I liked it. I would take children to see Solo: A Star Wars Story. I would recommend Solo to others too, it’s a great movie for those that have never seen a Star Wars movie and it’s going to be good for fans. As long as they can realize why some things like Han and The Millennium Falcon are different. Both are explained and you should leave the theater feeling satisfied with a story that fits in a very much loved universe.
In case you’re living under a rock, you can order tickets now and Solo is in theaters May 25th. I would buy them now, Disney seems to be on a roll this year with movie sales.