Solo was the surprise blockbuster of the year so far as it blew away all of my wildest expectations and really boosted my love for Star Wars again. It was adventurous, romantic, funny, and simply a great movie to watch. It was easy to follow and left a giant smile on my face. But out of all of the incredible scenes throughout the film which one was my favorite? Which scene truly stood out to me in ways that the other scenes didn’t? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!
The Yacht Showdown
There were a lot of impressive scenes in this film, from beginning to end, but the scene that really was the icing on the cake for me was that final showdown aboard Dryden Vos’s yacht, First Light. I had just experienced the visually magnificent Kessel Run action sequence, Enfys Nest had revealed himself to actually be a young teenage girl, and Beckett was “leaving” to go find Jabba the Hutt on Tatooine. It was all up to Han, Qi’Ra, and Chewbacca who had this supposed “plan” to swindle Dryden out of the Coaxium so they could really give it to Enfys to fund the Rebellion.
This scene had everything I wanted from the film. There was Dryden who has clearly become one of my favorite Star Wars villains. His debonaire look and cool but deadly personality oozed menace and had me on the edge of my seat as Han coolly bantered with him like the swindling smuggler that he is.
The room itself was filled with gadgets and trinkets that my roaming eyes couldn’t help but take in with a certain awe only Star Wars films can provide me.
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Star Wars is heavily wrapped around the basis of family and it’s Father’s Day! Last month I wrote a post celebrating the mothers of Star Wars and on this weekly series of Who’s Your Favorite I’m asking you, my fellow Star Wars fans, who’s your favorite Star Wars father? Here is my list of the galactic dads of the franchise.
Galen Erso is one of the secret heroes in the Star Wars universe as he purposely sabotaged the Death Star to eventually get blown up. He risked his life creating the diabolical plan and had to sacrifice so much to get it done. While he isn’t on the poster of Rogue One he was easily one of the film’s biggest contributors.
Darth Vader just might be one of the most iconic movie fathers of all time. He may have played the part of the villain for the majority of the original trilogy but through all of those wires and that cold exterior was a heart of gold that couldn’t be denied. He helped end the reign of the Empire as he killed Palpatine and even though he died he perished doing what was right and that is why he’s such a great character.
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Solo, while it did a great job at feeling like a solo (no pun intended) movie in itself with no need for a sequel there were several implications that a sequel could easily happen but after its surprisingly sluggish box-office run the fate of the standalone Star Wars films are truly up in the air, leastwise a Solo 2. So, should Star Wars still make plans for a sequel or should they let the backstory of the iconic Han Solo be? Well I, for one, would love to see a sequel for this latest standalone film for several reasons.
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1. Jabba the Hutt
In the final sequence of Solo Tobias Beckett says to Han before “leaving” that there’s a big shot gangster he’s going to try to work for on Tatooine. Anyone who knows anything about Star Wars knows that Jabba the Hutt’s territory is Tatooine. And then at the very end of the movie after Han and Chewbacca win the Falcon from Lando Calrissian they head into hyperspace going to you-know-where, Tatooine, to meet this particular gangster Beckett was talking about.
Not only would a sequel delve deeper into the relationship between Han and boss, Jabba, but it could also give us an in-depth look into Jabba’s criminal world which means there will be plenty of new characters to explore. We could get Boba Fett as a major character or potentially Sana Starros, a character that was part of Han’s life in the Legends canon and has recently been brought back into the new canon through the novel, Last Shot. Or we could see plenty of new bounty hunters and smugglers ready to welcome Han into Jabba’s gang of scoundrels or cause him plenty of trouble. Either way sounds awesome.
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After watching Solo: A Star Wars Story last week nearly my entire view surrounding Han Solo and Chewbacca’s stories has changed, as this standalone film has filled in gaps I didn’t even know I wanted to be answered and provided me tantalizing ideas for the future of Star Wars as well. So, with no further delay, let me relay to you all of the ways Solo has changed the way I look at these movies. Enjoy!
How Han Got His Name
Oh my goodness, undoubtedly one of the coolest moments in Solo for me was learning how Han got his iconic name, Han Solo. I always figured that the name was probably made up because the idea of someone having the name Solo didn’t exactly quantify as a legitimate last name to me. I thought that maybe Han called himself that after realizing that he didn’t have any friends, except for Chewbacca, but to learn that an Imperial recruiter provided him the title, Han Solo, is simply one of the coolest things that has ever happened in Star Wars. It was definitely much cooler than when Emperor Palpatine named Anakin Darth Vader.
Han’s Lucky Dice
Who knew a simple pair of golden dice would become so important to Star Wars in the last couple of years but it truly has and now, seeing these dice, I feel a pang of sadness because of what they represent. In Han’s younger days the dice meant good luck and for the most part that strange sense of luck he always managed to have during his adventures could be contributed to those magical dice.
And then the dice extends beyond his life and into the complex story of The Last Jedi where we see them, given from Luke Skywalker to Leia, as a sign of that continuing hope and then later disappearing away into nothingness in Kylo Ren’s hands. For Leia the dice’s symbol of luck won out and the last of the Resistance, by luck, managed to get away. And then for Kylo Ren, on the other hand, the dice symbolize that he just might be the unluckiest guy in the galaxy. I love the way Star Wars is slowly connecting the dots and enhancing these films by utilizing simple things like a pair of dice.
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When one thinks of Star Wars love stories don’t immediately come to mind but in fact Star Wars has one of my favorite movie love stories of all time, the romantic relationship of Han and Leia. Their love story transcended generations and was resolved in a heartbreaking but realistic way in The Force Awakens. There hasn’t been a Star Wars romance as passionate and worth caring about since them and that’s been a shame considering how great of a love story theirs really was.
The prequel trilogy was mainly created around the entire idea of Anakin and Padme’s secret love story and its lead up to Darth Vader’s eventual emergence but it was a TERRIBLE love story with corny conversations about sand and aggressive negotiations. Ugh. And then the latest three Star Wars movies haven’t spouted any concrete romances between any of the major characters except random moments like the infamously romantic hand touch between Kylo Ren and Rey or the awkward kiss between Finn and Rose on Crait. Besides that there hasn’t been any love stories. Just subtle or sometimes blatant hints to possible romantic relationships that could occur.
So I went into Solo knowing that Han and Qi’Ra had a romantic relationship but I figured it was going to follow the trend of its three predecessors by keeping the romantic aspect a little low-key. The movie isn’t on for five minutes before that theory is thrown out of the window as the film quickly establishes that Han and old flame, Qi’Ra, are definitely in love. And as the movie goes on it becomes more and more apparent on how strong that relationship truly is between the two characters.
Solo, on the surface seems to be an action/adventure flick but in essence it’s truthfully a film dabbling deeper in the romantic genre more than anything as it follows Han’s life and his quest to give himself, and Qi’Ra, a better life in the galaxy. If you’re someone who is a fan of love stories then this Star Wars film is definitely one to watch because it definitely has plenty of passionate smooching and leering gazes to satisfy anybody who’s been begging for romance in this new era of Star Wars.
MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! I’m about to start talking about some serious spoilers so I highly advise you to discontinue reading this now, if you haven’t watched this movie yet.
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I went into Solo thinking that I was probably going to enjoy the movie but that Alden Ehrenreich’s performance would slightly underwhelm the quality of the film, especially after hearing the mediocre reviews for the movie. So, as the movie began and Han burst onto the screen I immediately had a good feeling about this (see what I did there?) 🙂 Minor Spoilers Ahead!
No, I didn’t see a young Harrison Ford lookalike, I saw something better; a young rogue living off the streets of Corellia with his beautiful girlfriend, Qi’Ra, and together they dreamed of escaping to worlds far away where they could live happily ever after. Alden Ehrenreich didn’t play Han Solo like he was already in his late 20s’. He played him like a young man who hadn’t even fully grown out of boyhood yet and it was awesome. We got to see the world from a young Han Solo’s eyes and got to experience his relationship with his comrades in a naive way that slowly changes throughout the duration of the film.
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The concept of a young Han Solo standalone film didn’t appeal to me in the slightest when it was announced to be the second installment of the Star Wars Stories. Harrison Ford’s Han Solo had just been brutally killed out of the Star Wars universe in The Force Awakens. Did I really want to know about him before we eventually meet him in A New Hope? When they announced Alden Ehrenreich was going to replace Harrison Ford as Han Solo my skepticism rose even higher but I trusted that Disney knew what they were doing and so I held on to hope. It’s been a long ride watching the few ups and many downs of the Solo project but it feels like it was all worth it, for Solo truly was the movie that I could’ve only dreamed for. So, on that note, let me tell you a little bit about the film (spoiler-free.)
First of all, unlike The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story is not a complex story in the slightest and that was so refreshing. My first experience watching The Last Jedi was a whirlwind of “What?!” The Last Jedi was unlike anything I could’ve expected…and not in a good way. If felt like the movie was a giant pinball machine and the ball was just bouncing from here to there and then back around to over there. Every time I was really getting into one person’s story it ricocheted over to somebody else. By the end of the film my brain was exhausted, I had practically lost all investment in the movie, and I was just waiting for the film to end. It took me watching it a second time to actually understand and appreciate the complexities of the story of The Last Jedi and that’s not a great thing, considering that a lot of people won’t take time to go watch a movie they didn’t like again. Solo does not have this problem.
There is never a moment where the story gets confusing or isn’t as concise as it once was. And the situations never let down either. You can totally tell that the incredible mastermind behind The Empire Strikes Back and Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark was behind Solo because it was absolutely phenomenal.
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