The latest release in the Star Wars franchise is now in theatres, here is my Solo: A Star Wars Story Review (spoiler-free, of course).
Solo: A Star Wars Story Review
With plenty of nods to the original movies (as we expected going in), Solo: A Star Wars Story was a fast-paced, fun adventure featuring beloved characters (and new ones!) that left us asking more questions than we had answers to.
Coming in at 135-minutes, the movie is less beefier than the more recent Star Wars movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and it flies by.
It’s rated PG-13 because of action and violence, but with two young kids (aged 9 and 11), I had no worries with them watching this movie. I found it similar in action and perilous situations to Spider-Man: Homecoming (also rated Pg-13).
The overall consensus in our family was that we really enjoyed the movie and as we talked more about it and pulled apart some of the threads, we enjoyed it even more.
It has all of the canon references we wanted before we went in – setting the story for the characters we meet in Star Wars: Episode 4 (A New Hope). These are characters we have loved for thirty years and seeing their origins, how they meet, and how their past defines what would become of their future, was a true delight.
There are a few surprises in this origin story, surprises that won’t be spoiled in this particular Solo: A Star Wars Story review, but they are pleasant and add to the character and world development.
My overall advice when it comes to Solo? Don’t listen to what the box office is saying (the opening weekend landed weaker than the projections), and definitely plan to go see it on the big screen, the place where every Star Wars movie is better, I think.
The thing with a movie like Solo: A Star Wars Story is that there’s little urgency to see it.
Unlike Avengers: Infinity War or when Star Wars: Episode 9 hits the big screen (to conclude the recent trilogy), we aren’t overly worried about the finality of Han, Chewie and Lando. We know we will see them again in the future.
So I think that may be partly what is keeping people away from immediately buying tickets. But this movie is worth exploring and is a welcome addition to the storytelling that Star Wars has been doing in recent years.
So even if you know the ending, you don’t know the beginning and that’s extremely relevant in the story of Han Solo, our favourite scoundrel.
I hope my Solo: A Star Wars Story review helped you to decide to see it. Check out Solo: A Star Wars Story in a theatre near you!
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