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Where Does Dryden Vos Rank Among the ‘Star Wars’ Villains?

When I think of iconic villains the first character that comes to mind is Darth Vader. His bravado, his baritone voice, the black cape, and the iconic “I am your father” line makes this antagonist memorable for all of the right reasons. Ever since then there have been Star Wars villains that have tried to dethrone Darth Vader from his top spot and it took forty years but that finally was achieved with Kylo Ren. Kylo Ren has been such a joy to watch in this current trilogy as his story has grown more complex and made the movies so much more enjoyable. Now with Solo a new villain has arrived and it’s time to find out where he ranks among all of the antagonists that have come before him.

1. Kylo Ren

Kylo Ren

There aren’t a lot of characters that I can’t imagine being played by anyone else because the actors have taken a certain role and made it their own but I honestly can’t imagine anyone but Adam Driver playing this emotional character. He brings such an intimacy to the role that I feel like I can understand the guy even though he’s just a fictional character. He’s also hilarious too. I can’t wait until Episode IX.

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My Favorite Scene in ‘Solo’

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

First Light

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.

Dryden Vos

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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Ranking the ‘Star Wars’ Movies By How Kid-Friendly They Are

When George Lucas created Star Wars all those years ago he wasn’t exactly catering the film to adults. He was making a fantasy epic for children and it just so happened to be one of the greatest movies ever made that resonated with people of all ages. As the years have gone by some of the Star Wars films have continued to cater mostly towards the younger people of the world while some of the franchise’s installments have been a little more adult than others. So which Star Wars films do I think are the most kid-friendly? That’s what I’m here to list for you and I hope you enjoy. 🙂

10. Revenge of the Sith

Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith

The prequel trilogy might’ve produced some awful Star Wars movies but Revenge of the Sith definitely feels quite climactic and it doesn’t shrug away from being a dire film. We see the Jedi slaughtered, younglings and all, which could be VERY frightening for a child. We see General Grievous shot to the point of explosion. Padme is killed…by her husband! Palpatine’s face is enough to dissuade any child from wanting to see this movie. And then Anakin getting his limbs cut off and nearly burned alive? All of these points are blaring reasons why this is the least kid-friendly Star Wars movie. I mean, I still wince whenever I watch Anakin getting burnt to a crisp. This is definitely catered to an older audience.

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Should ‘Solo’ Have A Sequel?

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

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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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ or ‘Solo’: Which Movie Is Better?

When I think of epic movies that never disappoint I think about Marvel superhero films and Star Wars flicks (both companies of which are owned by Disney) and these franchises basically own the pockets of most moviegoers, because we as movie fans have come to expect a whole bunch of fun with a film that has Marvel or Star Wars plastered all over it. In the past couple of months my movie happiness has been obtained by Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Star Wars’ second standalone film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. After watching Infinity War I honestly began to question my love for the Star Wars franchise. Marvel Studios has become a movie franchise powerhouse and has constantly cranked out highly enjoyable superhero films for years while Star Wars has made fantastic movies as well but haven’t landed on a concrete formula that moviegoers around the world can enjoy. And then I watched Solo last week and my mind was utterly blown.

Usually when a film bombs box office wise that particular movie is terrible but Solo was the exact opposite. It was the definition of fun from beginning to end and honestly, I’m still reeling at how good the movie was. So here’s the question; Infinity War or Solo, which movie did I feel was better? That’s what I’m here to answer for all of you curious readers and I hope you enjoy.

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Let’s Talk About That Surprise Ending of ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’

The fantastic thing about these Star Wars standalone films are the gaps that they are filling in the Star Wars universe. Rogue One introduced us to the group of rebels who stole the Death Star plans and perfectly ended the movie by showing Darth Vader trying to obtain those plans, the rebels just barely managing to escape, and a brief cameo of Princess Leia aboard the Tantative IV smiling with hope and determination. And all of that perfectly led into A New Hope in one of the most flawless ways I could’ve never imagined.

So, Solo decided to take people’s expectations up a notch by introducing….

MAJOR SPOILER ALERT!!! This is the biggest spoiler of the movie and so I highly advise you to stop reading now if you haven’t seen Solo yet. Thank you and enjoy the rest of the post.

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How ‘Solo’ Has Impacted The Way I See ‘Star Wars’

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

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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

Han Solo's 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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