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I Finished ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ The Other Day…But Why Was It So Hard?

I’ve been trying to finish Solo: A Star Wars Story for over a year now. Here’s the drill.

The first step to watching Solo is experiencing extreme boredom. Once I am extremely bored I always manifest the idea: “I’m going to watch Solo today.” There are usually three places I end up stopping; after the train heist (which is the best part of the movie), when they reach Kessel, or during the Kessel Run. If I make it past the Kessel Run sequence I’ll finish the movie.

When I watched Solo for the first time in theaters three years ago I was pleasantly surprised. The movie was actually pretty entertaining. But after subsequent viewings I began to dislike the movie more and more.

Don’t get me wrong. It’s not bad. In fact, it’s a solid Star Wars movie. But there is one common denominator that makes it a challenge to finish (and enjoy) this movie…and that is Alden Ehrenreich.

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It’s Seven Days Away from ‘The Rise of Skywalker’!

With one week left until the event of the year, The Rise of Skywalker, it’s time to look at the posters for the anthology films in the franchise, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One. Enjoy!

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Solo is the lowest-grossing Star Wars film of all time and it’s understandable why that’s the case. The marketing for the movie did nothing to entice fans and it all begins with the posters. I’ve found several interesting posters for the movie but compared to the posters for the other Star Wars films, these pale in comparison. Continue reading It’s Seven Days Away from ‘The Rise of Skywalker’!

Throwback Friday: How One Line In ‘Solo’ Sums Up Han’s Entire Journey

Not much was known about Han Solo’s past except for the legendary rumors that he ran the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs and that he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game. Solo, however, helped clear up a lot about his past and it turns out that the film predicted much of his future as well. And I’m talking about one scene in particular.

Tobias Beckett is Han’s Ben Kenobi. He’s the older wise guy who helps direct young Han through life and introduces him to the criminal world just like Ben Kenobi helped introduce Luke Skywalker to the concept of the Force and the Jedi. But unlike Ben who is clearly benevolent Beckett is a smuggler through and through and his life lessons are a lot more cynical.

At one point in Solo: A Star Wars Story Beckett berates Han for trying to bring Qi’ra back into his life. Han tells Beckett that Qi’ra is perfectly fine and will never try to do him wrong but Tobias knows better. He tells Han, and I quote, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”

At first glance, it seems that this disturbing wisdom is only a setup for Beckett’s betrayal later in the movie but actually it sums up Han’s entire life in a few words. Let me give you a quick rundown of Han’s journey after Solo.

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How One Line In ‘Solo’ Sums Up Han’s Entire Journey

Not much was known about Han Solo’s past except for the legendary rumors that he ran the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs and that he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian in a game. Solo, however, helped clear up a lot about his past and it turns out that the film predicted much of his future as well. And I’m talking about one scene in particular.

Tobias Beckett is Han’s Ben Kenobi. He’s the older, wise guy who helps direct young Han through life and introduces him to the criminal world just like Ben Kenobi helped introduce Luke Skywalker to the concept of the Force and the Jedi. But unlike Ben who is clearly benevolent Beckett is a smuggler through and through and his life lessons are a lot more cynical.

At one point in Solo: A Star Wars Story Beckett berates Han for trying to bring Qi’ra back into his life. Han tells Beckett that Qi’ra is perfectly fine and will never try to do him wrong but Tobias knows better. He tells Han, and I quote, “Assume everyone will betray you and you will never be disappointed.”

At first glance it seems that this disturbing wisdom is only a setup for Beckett’s betrayal later in the movie but actually it sums up Han’s entire life in a few words. Let me give you a quick rundown of Han’s journey after Solo.

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Was Alden Ehrenreich’s Han Solo A Delight or a Disappointment?

I went into Solo thinking that I was probably going to enjoy the movie but that Alden Ehrenreich’s performance would slightly underwhelm the quality of the film, especially after hearing the mediocre reviews for the movie. So, as the movie began and Han burst onto the screen I immediately had a good feeling about this (see what I did there?) 🙂 Minor Spoilers Ahead!

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No, I didn’t see a young Harrison Ford lookalike, I saw something better; a young rogue living off the streets of Corellia with his beautiful girlfriend, Qi’Ra, and together they dreamed of escaping to worlds far away where they could live happily ever after. Alden Ehrenreich didn’t play Han Solo like he was already in his late 20s’. He played him like a young man who hadn’t even fully grown out of boyhood yet and it was awesome. We got to see the world from a young Han Solo’s eyes and got to experience his relationship with his comrades in a naive way that slowly changes throughout the duration of the film.

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If You Aren’t Excited for ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ This New Featurette Might Change Your Mind

It’s almost only three weeks until Solo: A Star Wars Story zooms into theaters and we’ll finally get to see if this new Star Wars film, which features the story of a young Han Solo, will be yet another win for Disney and the Star Wars franchise. But until then more footage of the anticipated second Star Wars Story has arrived and it’s kind of awesome! Check it out.

What excites me the most about this featurette is all of the incredible new footage laced throughout its two minute and seven second run time. Not only does this footage give us an even deeper look into Han’s character and some of the experiences that he’s been through but it also just looks like a very beautiful movie. The locations, the settings, the cinematography. If anything, this movie will get a high score for visual prowess and that’s always a plus when it comes to a fantastic Star Wars movie.

I’m also loving the smuggler vibe that surrounds this film. Most of these characters…they’re kind of the scum of the galaxy and so it’s going to be interesting seeing Han navigate through a life where everyone he works with could back stab him at any second. That’s kind of rough and it’s going to undoubtedly be a little tough for him, especially as a younger man, but he’s going to learn a lesson so tremendous that it’ll make sense that by the time we see him in A New Hope he’ll be the type of guy who shoots first (yes, Han shot first) and asks questions later. But what would make him become that person? This movie is going to answer that main question and I can’t wait.

I hope this made you as excited as it made me and I thank you for reading. Have a beautiful day and May the Force be with you.