Heyyyy all! Today I'm here to share my thoughts on Solo, the newest Star Wars film that just came out. (This is sort of a review....but really just a conglomeration of thoughts because I'm too lazy to write an actual review. Bullet points are easier. :P)
(Also, I hope that talking about this movie makes up for the fact that I never told y'll my thoughts on The Last Jedi like I promised. Oops.)
My brother and I went to see Solo this past Tuesday. Of course, as we drove to the theater, we talked about our expectations. He had high ones, I had low ones. I'm kind of a hard-to-understand person sometimes. Despite Han Solo being one of my favorite heroes in the history of ever (and one of my top fictional crushes since I was ten years old *cough*)...I had very low expectations for this movie. The trailer hadn't made me too excited, and I feel as if we've been bombarded with so many SW movies lately that the thought of another one was kind of exhausting. Even if it was about Han Solo.
At the very least, I went into the movie expecting to be entertained. And here's the thing--I totally was entertained. But in the best possible way.
*Warning* I'm not going to attempt to mark spoilers. Read at your own caution. *End warning*
•First thing's first, Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo. I loved him. Total stamp of approval. It's not that he looked exactly like Harrison Ford or sounded exactly like him or acted exactly like him. There were definitely moments of that—but overall I think he was epic as Han Solo because he was his own Han Solo. He bravely gave his own interpretation of the character and I really, really liked it.
In fact, I feel as if this version of Han has made me love his character even more. I seriously didn't know that was possible.
(But, for the record, there were definitely moments where he'd smirk or grin or laugh and I was like "YESS you've got it that's Han Solo!!!")
•Madame whatever-her-name-was was NOT cool. I'm really tired of slug-alien-crime-lord-villains. Was Jabba not enough??
•I wished we could have seen more of Corellia.
•Han's bout in the Imperial Army was super duper cool. Especially when everyone keeps telling him he needs to learn to take orders. xD
•HE WASN'T BORN A SOLO HE GOT HIS NAME FROM HIS RECRUITER WHAT EVEN.
•I really loved Rio and Val and felt as if I was JUST getting into their characters when they got killed. Not cool, movie. They and Beckett made such a cool little family-tribe and I'm a sucker for that sort of thing in stories. You know, a bunch of mismatched misfits without homes who become a tight-knit group....♥
I really don't understand why they had to die. I feel like the plot could have been the same without killing them off. Especially since Rio's death was so sad. And Val's was morally questionable, in my opinion. #ihavecomplaints
•Beckett and Val were super cute. Another reason I'm angry they killed Val.
•Speaking of a romantic couple, I guess it's time to talk about Qi'ra (pronounced Kira) and Han.
Okay, so. You know that I absolutely adore Han and Leia as a couple. They're one of my favorite couples ever, and have been since I was ten years old. But....but...but.........
I still loved Han and Qi'ra's romance.
I can't tell if it's just because I'm such a hopeless romantic, or because I genuinely found their relationship cool. I think it's 50/50. See, here's the thing:
1) It only makes sense that Han had someone in his past. So I was already mentally prepared for that, as much as I hated to admit it.
2) It's not Harrison Ford. Yes, it's Han Solo, but it's not really truly Han Solo so I can like the romance in Solo without feeling as if I'm really betraying my OTP. (one true pairing)
3 ) I loved that the relationship wasn't more than what it was. Meaning:
-They already were in a relationship from the start of the movie so we didn't have to go through any pointless meeting/flirting/"I like you" stuff. That would have been annoying to sit through since we knew the relationship wasn't going to last.
-Yes, they kissed a lot...but nothing beyond that was ever suggested so YES YAY THANKS.
-Honestly, the idea of them growing up on the streets as friends/sweethearts is just so cute I couldn't help but like them. It's so sweet how they were devoted to looking out for each other. Han was so protective and caring and it just melted my heart to see Han like that. Because he always did have a heart of gold. He tries to hide it in A New Hope but he totally fails. ;)
-Lastly, the way they "ended" it all deserves an A+. Because they didn't kill her. If they had killed her, it would have made their relationship into a heartbreaking "what could have been". But as it is, we know that she chose a life without Han, and he learned to move on and thus everything is AS IT SHOULD BE.
And then there's the Big Moment at the end where we find out where her true loyalties lie and....oh boy. Firstly, I love that she still likes Han and doesn't kill him and wants to see him safe and happy. This is very cool. Despite all she's been through, she's still essentially the same person deep down, the same girl who loved Han Solo and dreamt of the day he'd come to rescue her. (okay but wasn't that scene where she talked about how dreaming of escaping with him would make her smile?? *heartbreak*) BUT...she has changed. For reasons unknown to us (which makes her character even more interesting), she chooses to abandon Han Solo for....Darth Maul?
Anyways. Despite her horrible decision at the end of the movie, I still love her character.
Also, Getaway Car by Taylor Swift is her song. Seriously. I really hope some talented person who makes fanvideos on youtube puts together a video with that song, because it fits SO WELL.
•Dryden Vos was soooo cool. He had an elegant, careless attitude that was intriguing and kind of different for a SW villain. I feel like a villain can either make or break story like this, and he definitely made it. (For the record, I'm not saying I liked him as a person or approved of anything he did. I only liked him from a strictly story-telling perspective; I thought he was a well-written villain.)
•The little scene concerning pronunciation of "Sabaac" and "Han" was so funny.
•However, I didn't care for his droid. L3. She was annoying and pointless and when she died it was like we were supposed to care but I didn't...??? (I mean, I felt sort of bad for Lando and I did feel bad for L3, but just in a general "I hate for sad stuff to happen" not "I really am sad that this specific character died.")
•Seeing the Falcon in all its glory was incredible. (Han, what did you do to this ship between Solo and A New Hope???)
•Honestly, why does Han simply boast that he made the Kessel run in only 12 parsecs? It's seriously so much more impressive now that we know he did it along with battling a giant space slug and narrowly getting vacuumed down a black hole. (And apparently there was this big plot hole thing that got solved through this movie. Never heard of it before this. But that's cool.) (Oh, and the fact that it was 12-point-something, but he "rounds down." xD This boyyyy.)
•The twist on the marauders was fantastic. I totally didn't expect them to turn out to good ol' rebels against the Empire & co. It was great. Enfys Nest (sorry but that's a really weird name) was especially amazing. I love what she said to Han about how he'd eventually join the fight. <3 (And her BACKSTORY. *cries*)
•Beckett turning out to be bad was super disappointing. He was epic while it lasted. (Although part of me can see where his "descent" was understandable, though not excusable. He made some bad choices before, and when Val died...I feel like he lost his "better half". But yeah. That's a conversation for another day. It'll be interesting to watch the movie again and really pay attention to Beckett's choices and actions.)
•Unlike Mrs. Bennet's sister, I totally didn't see Beckett's betrayal coming until a few moments before he walked into the room. And that was something I love about this movie. It kept me guessing and totally unsure of who to trust. Qi'ra especially was constantly a question mark for me. I kept going back and forth on who I thought she was loyal to. And that fight scene at the end was epic. I totally didn't expect what happened.
•CAN WE TALK ABOUT HOW THE EVENTS OF THIS MOVIE REALLY SHAPED HAN'S CHARACTER? It makes so much sense why he pushes people away in A New Hope. He's scared to trust another person ever again. Because two of the people he trusted most early on in his life betrayed him. I DIDN'T EXPECT TO GET HEARTBROKEN BY HAN'S BACKSTORY HELP.
•Han finding Lando on that jungle planet and winning the Falcon back was the bessstttt.
I guess that about sums it up. I LOVED THIS MOVIE. As epic as Rogue One was, I personally found Solo to be more entertaining and special to me. I do think Rogue One has a really well-woven plot and tells a very, very important story about the SW universe. But Solo is more fun, more exciting, and really really cool. And besides all that.....it's Solo. It's about one of my favorite heroes ever. You can't really beat that. ;)
Have you seen Solo?
What did you think of it?
Are there any Star Wars characters you'd love to see get their own film?