* cue brilliant John William music*
You’ve got to love this man, he made so many iconic soundtracks and the Han Solo soundtrack and Star Wars OST is no difference.
But I’m not here to bore you with my taste in music. I’m here to review the latest Star Wars movie, or prequel to all the others and focus point on our favourite outlaw pilot. Han Solo, or as the movie is called;
Summary (no spoilers)
This Star Wars story takes us back to the origin of Han Solo. Living on Corellia as a thief, Han is busy finding a way to get off the planet together with his girlfriend Qi’ra (originality in spelling right there…).
Han enlists in the army (the empire) in order to become a pilot. After 3 years he manages to get out and join a couple of bandits on heist in order to collect money so he can get back to Corellia to find Qi’ra. Along the way he meets people we all know from the Star Wars franchise, including some new friends.
The plot is about how Han ventures in the world of thieves and outlaws, how he actually came to be Han Solo and how he met some of our beloved characters.
The movie also shows just how closely Han already was with being involved with Jedi’s, the Sith and the Force itself. Seeing hints and hidden easter eggs is always fun when watching a prequel.
Sunmary with spoilers!
After Han found his ticket off the planet, he and Qi’ra get seperated at the border. This is where he enlists into the Imperial army in order for him to eventually get back to Corellia to retrieve his girlfriend. This is also the moment where Han gets his name. As Han has no family the enlister names him Solo, and so Han Solo is born.
Three years later Han fights on the imperial side and meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson, great bloke). Beckett is not a member, but an infiltrator, along with his partner Val (Thandie Newton, brilliant woman) and an Ardennian named Rio (voiced by Jon Favreau, another legend).
Han wants to join them, but they initially betray him to the Empire and Han gets thrown into a cage to be murdered by an unknown creature. This creature turns out to be our favourite furry friend, Chewbacca and thus the famous duo is finally together.
Han gets out with Chewy, impressed by this Beckett allows the two to join him on his current heist.
Things go wrong obviously, half the crew dies and the coaxium they were suppose to obtain is destroyed. Beckett goes back to the man who hired him. This is where Han is reunited with Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke, mother of dragons) who is very surprised to see him there.
In order to make up for failing to obtain the large quantity of coaxium, Dryden Vos orders them to try again but this time Qi’ra comes along to make sure they succeed.
In need of a ship, Han and Qi’ra meet with Lando who is known for having one of the best ships in the galaxy. After losing from Lando, they make a deal offering him 25% of he coaxium if he helps them. He, of course, accepts. Along with his robot, L3, they head out for the coaxium.
Beckett warns Han that there is one thing he should always realize and that is to trust no one.
This is, in my opinion, the main theme from there on. Everyone betrays someone at one point and in the end those Han thought to be his friends all turn their backs on him. Except for Chewy, who is the most loyal companion one can have.
The movie ends with Qi’ra having betrayed Han and killing Dryden Vos. She makes contact with a Sith we all know too well and if you haven’t seen the Star Wars Rebels cartoon series, you are in for quite a surprise who this Darth is….
I really enjoyed the Solo movie. I mean I’ll be honest that the beginning was better than the ending. But overall it was not a bad movie. It’s not easy to fill an iconic role played by one of the most iconic actors known in the franchise, Harrison Ford (bless him). But I think Alden Ehrenreich did a good job, at least when it comes to the behaviourism we know Han for. Looks wise, he did not resemble Harrison that much in my opinion, but it didn’t ruin the movie at all for me.
Lando was a great cast as well, he truly resembled the original Lando in every way possible.
Overall I rate this movie a 7 out of 10.