As part of Disney’s Star Wars franchise, formerly owned by George Lucas and Lucas Films, this year’s Solo: A Star Wars Story had a lot to live up to. The film was released on May 10, 2018 and thrilled audiences nationwide, receiving an average of 71% on both Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb. As part of the popular Star Wars movie series, it was certainly one to remember.
This movie explores the backstory of a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich), who enlists in the Imperial Navy as a way to get off his home planet of Corellia and find his childhood friend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke). As an infantryman on Mimban three years later, Solo rescues a 196-year-old Wookie named Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), who then helps him join a group of galactic smugglers with a hefty debt to the gangster Dryden Voss (Paul Bettany). To pay off the debt and earn themselves some profit on the side, the crew plans to travel to the mining planet, Kessel, to steal a shipment of the valuable coaxium – the material that coats the hyperdrive of a ship and allows it to travel into hyperspace. Needing for a fast enough ship, Solo meets Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover), the suave owner of the only ship fast enough for the daring mission they’ve dreamt up – the Millennium Falcon.
A variety of new characters were introduced throughout the film, as well as fresh adaptations of those familiar characters we know and love. The film was a suitable length and kept the audience guessing, combining serious themes and humor with seemingly effortless ease. The storyline was complex though easy for younger audiences to understand, providing allusions to previous Star Wars films. The characters were elaborately developed and the plot twists were satisfyingly dramatic, making you guess and then gasp as more and more of the plot was revealed.
Overall this was, in my opinion, a perfect close to the beloved and sought after character of Han Solo that will prove to provide appropriate answers to the man everyone knows and loves. With a great storyline, well planned out characters, and a satisfying wrap up to the life and legacy of a character, Solo: A Star Wars Story certainly is one to remember.