Time to revisit a galaxy far, far away with the latest movie installment in the Star Wars franchise! As Lando says to Han in the new film, “Might want to buckle up baby.” This ride takes you by hyperspeed on a new adventure.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is much better than I expected it to be! Solo is a fun, action packed adventure about everyone’s favorite rogue, Han Solo, taking place during the early days of the Galactic Empire. More specifically, after Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and before Episode IV: A New Hope. Solo is the basis of how Han Solo came to be.
Solo is a film that everyone will enjoy, but for different reasons. If you are an average movie goer looking for plenty of action and adventure, Solo is the film for you. If you are a diehard Star Wars fan, you will enjoy it too, but you will also take the film apart and analyze everything to find out more about the story and what it means. Even those who know Star Wars canon by heart will be pleasantly surprised by some of the revelations played out over the course of the film.
This is where you learn how Han’s relationship with Chewbacca and Lando developed. We’ve learned from Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back that Han won the Millenium Falcon from Lando, and we see how this wager came to be in Solo. Also revealed are the origins of how Han became a smuggler from desperate beginnings on the planet Corellia, and evolved into the scoundrel we have come to embrace over the past forty years since we were introduced to the character in 1977’s Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
There has been much concern about the film and how fluid the story would flow. Mainly because its director, Ron Howard, stepped in four and a half months into the filming of the movie after the original directors, Philip Lord and Christopher Miller were fired from the original production. Fans were also worried about Alden Ehrenreinch, the actor portraying Han Solo because he reportedly received help from an acting coach throughout production, but Alden really nailed a decent performance. His portrayal of a young Han Solo is very believable and lovable character.
The film uses a wide mix of practical effects (sets, props, puppets, costumes, etc) and CGI (computer-generated imagery) to bring the world of Star Wars to life, immersing the audience in a galaxy far, far away. In the early days of Star Wars, the films relied a lot on practical effects because CGI wasn’t available in the 1970s. While many sci-fi films nowadays use CGI, it is charming to see Solo stick to practical effects because it makes Star Wars feel more real. CGI is used when it is necessary and when the two different effects are put together, it shows how traditional and new imagery can go hand-in-hand to bring sci-fi to life.
There was so much apprehension prior to opening night that many felt this would be a flop right out of the gate – perhaps Ron Howard took Han’s signature quote, “Never tell me the odds,” to heart. Solo is a fun film for the whole family and for diehard Star Wars fans. You will exit the theater with a smile on your face and want to see it again.
Matt Heid is a self described Disnerd, Star Wars fanatic, and a digital arts major at Stetson University. He is also a summer intern for Chesapeake Family Life. You can follow his Disney adventures on his Instagram page, Imagineer999.