Solo: A Star Wars Story is the second Star Wars Story – a movie outside the original trilogy. The movie is a Han Solo origin story.
Solo: A Star Wars Story Review
To borrow from the comic book movie universe, Solo: a Star Wars Story is an origin story – of Han Solo. Alden Ehrenreich has his moments where he channels Harrison Ford, but I wasn’t completely sold on the casting. On the other hand, Donald Glover is perfectly cast as Lando Calrissian.
Like Rogue One, Solo is a “Star Wars Story” – a story outside of the main trilogy. This is obvious from the start. After displaying the familiar “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far, away” graphic, it doesn’t start with the iconic crawl. Instead there are a series of cards to read setting the scene. My daughter was surprised by the lack of the crawl, but I pointed out to her that Rogue One didn’t have a crawl either. However, Rogue One dove right into the action after the initial “A long time ago” card. I think a crawl would have been better.
Solo establishes the beginnings of Han’s relationships with Chewbacca and Lando and the Millennium Falcon. It covers his early days as a smuggler as well as his relationship with the Empire and even the Rebellion is mentioned.
It also shows his first relationship with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) on Correlia. They are reunited later in the film where she is with one of the syndicates headed by Dryden Vos (Paul Bethany). Qi’ra’s history in the intervening years leaves her a bit of a mystery.
Woody Harrelson is great as Beckett, a smuggler/thief who Han joins forces with. I enjoyed his whole crew as well including Val (Thandie Newton) and Rio (voiced by Jon Favreau). Also joining the movie is Lando’s droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge)
The ending of Solo is perfectly setup for a sequel from a storyline point of view. However, they safeguarded against not have a sequel by including all the key points of Han & the Millennium Falcon’s known backstory – the Kessel Run, winning the Falcon from Lando, and even mentioning a big job on Tatooine.
Interestingly while the Falcon plays a big role, it looks a bit different. In Solo, the Falcon is a solid circle with a pointed triangle. The Falcon we are familiar with from other movies has a two pronged section. On the inside, many areas of the Falcon make an appearance including the holographic chess set, the gunner bay, under floor storage, and of course the cockpit.
The ending of the movie left me questioning the timeline. My daughter informed me that a character I thought died in the prequels is shown to be alive in the Clone Wars and Rebels cartoons. I have since read that Solo is set about 10 years between A New Hope (the Original Star Wars movie).
Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer
Before going to see Solo, check out the trailer here:
About 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.
The film stars Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Paul Bettany.
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in theaters everywhere on May 25th!
Parental Guidance for Solo: A Star Wars Story
Solo: A Star Wars Story is rated PG-13 largely due to violence.
Language is on par with the other Star Wars movies. Sexual scenes and references are mild – although it is odd to see Han Solo with a love interest other than Princess Leia. They do kiss at a few points and it is implied that they may move to a bed before being interrupted.
The way violence is displayed is fairly typical of a Star Wars movie. There are a number of deaths of main characters in the movie. The level of death is considerably less than in Rogue One. Spoiler alert: Han, Chewbacca, and Lando all survive – LOL.
I would recommend the movies for ages 8+ – depending on the child.
Final Thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story
Our final thought is that Solo: A Star Wars Story is not as good as Rogue One, the previous Star Wars Story movie. But it’s ending is much less depressing. In our opinion Solo is better than the prequels and on a level with Last Jedi.
At the end of the movie, I felt like they made sure to cover all of the key Han backstory. At the same time, they left Qi’ra in a spot that demands a sequel.
My other complaint about the movie was that too many characters were introduced and quickly dispatched.