Coming to you from a galaxy far, far away, is a Star Wars story about faith, friendship, and fortitude. In the film, we are introduced to a young Han Solo who’s desperately trying to get away from a life of crime. This stand-alone film brings you closer to the story and creatively lays a path to what we know of the Star Wars saga. I was really lucky to attend the SOLO Premiere, and see the film 2 weeks before it opened. Read on for this no-spoiler SOLO movie review!
I was invited as media to cover this event. All opinions are my own. Picture credits: Disney/Lucas Films
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.
SOLO Movie Review
True fans are always craving more from the Star Wars franchise, hence SOLO: A Star Wars Story was born. Creatively directed by Ron Howard and written by Lawrence & Jonathan Kasdan, the SOLO movie provides a beginning to an unlikely friendship between a street thief and a wookie. Oh, and is it good!
I had some hesitation leading into the theater, after all, we wouldn’t be seeing Harrison Ford on the big screen. Instead, newcomer Alden Ehrenreich would play the younger Solo. From the start, the film opens with a scene where Solo and Qi’ra are seeking a way out of Corellia. I have to say, Alden does an excellent job emulating Ford. It’s evident he took time to study the character, and truthfully it’s believable. So much so, that during the press junket, Ford surprised Alden on camera and gave his blessing on the new film. See it for yourself here.
Han teams up with another thief, Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson and his crew to pull off one last heist so he can begin a new life. This scene is full of intense, daring acts that leave you on the edge of your chair!
More characters come into play including an additional crime boss, Dryden and a smooth-talking operator named Lando. This is the moment we, along with Han Solo, are introduced to the infamous spacecraft, the Millennium Falcon!
This film is great for new and old Star Wars fans as it doesn’t require the previous films to follow along. It’s a great addition to the franchise, and really provides a deeper understanding of Solo and Chewie’s friendship, how Han got his name, and more.
I hope you enjoyed this SOLO movie review! I can’t wait to hear what you all think of the film!
Get ready for SOLO: A Star Wars Story in theaters May 25th!