an Solo blasted his way onto the silver screen of Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The new addition to the anthology series does what it needs to do; we saw the weird and wonderful of the Star Wars universe. Not forgetting the curves and twists the plot threw at us, and in true Han Solo fashion Solo: A Star Wars Story has everything you would expect in a film or story based on our favourite smuggling scoundrel of the universe.
Leaving the cinema, I found myself running through the film’s moments in my head and concluded that Solo: A Star Wars Story is, in fact, a Science Fiction-Western. The film consists of double-crossing, train robberies and iconic card games. Routines and jobs that your stereotypical cowboy would engage in. However, Lucas did envision Han Solo to be a gunslinger all those years ago when the original Star Wars (1977) was released.
This article will contain SPOILERS so consider yourselves warned!
I thoroughly enjoyed the film. It did what it needed to do; it is what it says on the tin and thrives on the themes that make a Western, well a Western. I would also go as far to say too that Solo: A Star Wars Story is a film for the fans. Like many of the Star Wars films that are making their way onto our cinema screens today, they’re all targeted at the fans who’ve been watching the films well over 40 years. I was satisfied with Alden Ehrenreich’s portrayal of Han Solo, it took some getting used to the role not being performed by Harrison Ford, but eventually, I settled down in my seat and the rest was plain sailing.
I also enjoyed Donald Glover’s portrayal of Lando Calrissian and found his scenes to be comedic and enjoyable. It is fair to say that Solo is one of the many origin-stories that Disney has in the pipeline for us, there is allegedly a Boba Fett film that is in the works. It was also nice to see how Han Solo and Chewbacca meet, the film uses their journey on becoming partners that we grew to love in the original Star Wars Trilogy.
I did leave the cinema asking myself a few questions. The way the film ends implies that there could be a sequel and how the events of the film acted as the foundations of a series of films, could this be feeding the rumour that Ehrenreich has signed on to do at least two more films featuring the young Han Solo and Chewbacca?
Like Rogue One (2016) there were Easter Eggs, sometimes you had to have an eagle eye to spot them. I certainly liked the moment when Han and Chewie finally got access the Millennium Falcon’s cockpit and it finally became exactly like A New Hope (1977). Even the music plays a crucial role at this moment as for the first time ever Han, Chewie and the gang attempt to outrun the Empire in the infamous Falcon and is about to beat the Kessel run in less than 12 parsecs.
The track in question is track 15 from the original soundtrack and it features snippets from John Williams’ scores from Star Wars: A New Hope (1997) and The Empire Strikes Back (1980). The scene had me on the edge of the seat praying that Han would get everyone from the grasp of the Empire. We know he would eventually but it was like one those “don’t let us down now!”
It wasn’t until the big showdown that consisted of double-crossing, then triple-crossing and finally quadruple-crossing, did the film drop a massive bombshell. A bombshell that nearly had me breaking out a profanity in the auditorium. After the death of Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany), Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) contacts her real boss. Throughout the film we were led to believe that Clarke’s character was working for Vos, it was not until she makes contact with a hologram that the revelation was dropped and bloody hell what a revelation!
As a hologram before our false heroine was the figure of the evil Sith; Darth Maul. The last-time Maul was seen on the big screen was of him being cut in two by a young Obi-Wan Kenobi. However, Maul has made a number of comebacks since Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (1999) in the two of the animated shows Clone Wars (2003/2008-15) and Rebels (2014-18). Rebels is where the character dies at the hands of Obi-Wan on Tatooine, allegedly.
It could be that Darth Sidious has actually passed down his ability to control life and that is how Maul has been alive for so long, but many people have voiced their opinions on the fact that “is there much point of him returning?” The answer is “maybe.” I think from the revelation of Qi’ra working for Maul sets this film before the events of Star Wars: Rebels.
Judging by the pace of Solo and how the film ends on such a big revelation all I can say is time will tell and that I can really see there being a sequel, and if there is a sequel planned I would like to see Solo and Chewie working for the sinister Jabba the Hutt. After all the concluding scene is of Han after winning the Falcon from Lando in a card game, with Chewie setting course for Tatooine.
Overall 9/10 for this. Thoroughly enjoyed it, the cinematic experience was amazing and I’m eager to see if Disney and Lucas Film Ltd. actually has a sequel, or maybe sequels, planned for Han Solo and Chewbacca.