Last week on this weekly segment of Who’s Your Favorite? the topic was about Marvel’s love stories and so it only seems right that this week’s segment focuses on another incredible franchise’s love stories; Star Wars. There are a lot of enjoyable elements to Star Wars but for those who love a good romance, this franchise has that too. So, on that note, let me list these memorable love stories.
Han and Qi’ra
Han, as a young man, was madly in love with his fellow Corellian sweetheart, Qi’ra but this romance was not to last. Qi’ra moved on and became loyal to the Crimson Dawn, eventually leaving Han and ending their relationship. It was a shocking moment for Han and it would be a turning point in his young life.
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In this post, I’m not trying to make any profound revelations or statements. I just want to say how much I love Chewbacca and Han Solo because they deserve it.
These two characters have brought smiles to so many faces since their debut in 1977. They’re funny, reckless, but most importantly, they are the best of friends.
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Not much was known about Han Solo’s past except for the legendary rumors that he ran the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs and that he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game. Solo, however, helped clear up a lot about his past and it turns out that the film predicted much of his future as well. And I’m talking about one scene in particular.
Tobias Beckett is Han’s Ben Kenobi. He’s the older, wise guy who helps direct young Han through life and introduces him to the criminal world just like Ben Kenobi helped introduce Luke Skywalker to the concept of the Force and the Jedi. But unlike Ben who is clearly benevolent Beckett is a smuggler through and through and his life lessons are a lot more cynical.
At one point in Solo: A Star Wars Story Beckett berates Han for trying to bring Qi’ra back into his life. Han tells Beckett that Qi’ra is perfectly fine and will never try to do him wrong but Tobias knows better. He tells Han, and I quote, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”
At first glance it seems that this disturbing wisdom is only a setup for Beckett’s betrayal later in the movie but actually it sums up Han’s entire life in a few words. Let me give you a quick rundown of Han’s journey after Solo.
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The Last Jedi and Solo: A Star Wars Story are the latest installments in the Star Wars franchise and were both surrounded by controversy. The Last Jedi was harangued for its bold narratives that strayed away from the norm, infuriating a decent percentage of Star Wars fans. And Solo was received poorly due to its lackluster marketing, the fact that nobody really wanted to see the movie, and its dismal box-office run that put Lucasfilm on notice (no, we obviously don’t want a Star Wars movie every year.)
While both of these films had their ups and downs they also had their triumphant moments as well. But which of the two movies was better? Well, that’s what I’m here to share with you. Enjoy!
(By the way, this is an extensive post.)
The Major Characters:
Han Solo is one of the most beloved Star Wars characters for all of the above reasons; he’s awesome. He’s charming, hilarious, heroic, and he’s just a fun guy to watch in this franchise. Solo was no exception.
Alden Ehrenreich took the character and made it his own in an impeccable fashion. He didn’t make me miss Harrison Ford’s rendition of Han Solo and he brought an exciting youth to the character that was perfect for the film. I’ve always liked Han Solo but, now especially after this movie, I love Han Solo.
Rey; a powerful heroine who doesn’t let anything (or anyone) dictate what she believes is right. Rey is one of the few characters that I truly look up to because of her incredible strength. I love her vulnerability. It shows that she’s still a human being like everyone else but she constantly finds way to overcome the obstacles set before her in powerful ways.
For years I always dreamed of a female Jedi being the lead in a Star Wars movie and Disney has truly made that dream come true. Daisy Ridley is an awesome actress and she makes this character all the more lovable.
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Solo: A Star Wars Story just recently came out on Blu-Ray and that means it’s available to watch whenever I may please. It’s a great film too. It’s a riveting adventure from beginning to end and truly captures the essence of what Star Wars films are all about. But what makes it such a fun installment to Star Wars? The film’s various scenes of course. From beginning to end this movie deals out incredible moments that will bring a smile to any casual Star Wars movie watcher’s face. So, on this week’s segment of Who’s Your Favorite, I’m asking you what your favorite scene in Solo is? Here are the film’s most important moments.
The Corellia Speeder Chase
The film doesn’t waste time getting to the action and the speeder chase that takes place as Han and Qi’ra strive to escape Corellia is beyond awesome. It features Han’s incredible piloting skills before he got his hands behind the controls of a ship complimented with an upbeat musical score that made the scene even more riveting.
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The other day I wrote a post regarding my opinion on the ten ugliest deaths in Star Wars but it wasn’t until yesterday that I remembered I had missed adding onto the list one of the most memorable and heartbreaking demises in the entire franchise; Han Solo’s death.
What happened to Han Solo is unbelievably horrific. I will never forget how I felt when I watched this scene for the first time. Up until this point in the film there hadn’t been any substantially dark moments but this scene was so quiet and intense and terrifying that a piece of popcorn could’ve dropped in the movie theater and everyone would’ve heard it.
I remember thinking to myself (because the film was so reminiscent of A New Hope) that Han was about to become the old Obi-Wan of this new trilogy. And then Kylo Ren tricked me! by acting like he was about to good.
He looked at his father, with those tears in his beautiful eyes, and I was converted. I just knew that J.J Abrams was switching the narrative this time around by having Kylo go good instead of killing his father in the way that Darth Vader “killed” his former mentor, Obi-Wan Kenobi. And then he ran his lightsaber straight through Han’s and nearly every Star Wars‘ fans heart at the same time.
After that horrific moment, watching Han Solo fall off the side of the bridge was one of the most heartbreaking developments I have ever seen in any film. I wasn’t the same for the rest of the movie.
I walked out of that theater as a distraught, red-faced, weeping mess because all of it was too much to handle. Between Han’s death and that epic ending with Luke Skywalker on the cliff my emotions were all over the place.
Han Solo’s death is so terrible, in fact, that I still shed a tear or two every time I watch it. So yeah, if I had remembered Han Solo’s death for the list I made the other day I probably would have placed him in the 3rd spot just behind Mace Windu’s death and Luke’s uncle and aunt’s awful demise.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a magnificent day. May the Force be with you.
Solo may seem like a pointless prequel that doesn’t bring a lot of meaning to the Star Wars universe but in actuality it’s possibly one of the most important movies in the franchise and this is why:
Han Solo has always been one of the most important characters in Star Wars but if you look at the original trilogy it clearly seems that the movies revolve around Luke’s story and that Han and Leia are supporting characters. But, with the release of the current trilogy films and the latest installment, Solo, it’s safe to say that Han Solo has become more important than one may have thought a few years ago. Now his storyline truly matters, as it may contain clues and revelations for some of his son’s past, present, and future actions in the Star Wars universe.
In fact, during my latest viewing of Solo I realized that the relationship between Han and Qi’Ra is loosely similar to Kylo Ren and Rey’s companionship. This is why.
Continue reading Mirroring Relationships: Han Solo and Qi’Ra/Kylo Ren and Rey