The new Star Wars prequel “Solo: A Star Wars Story” goes deeper into the past life of Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich). It also introduces some new characters such as his sweetheart Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and his partner Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Like “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” it takes dialogue from other movies and winds it into a backstory lots of fans have wanted to hear about. LucasFilms does a pretty good job of this, and shows us how Han met Lando Calrissian and Chewbacca, where he was born, how he became a smuggler, how he gets the Millennium Falcon, and even why he shoots first (as I grew up seeing the original Star Wars movies on VHS, I know that he does shoot first). The character Han becomes in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” matches with the person he is in Star Wars movies 4-8. You could see why he grows a thick skin, and why he tries to put up a tough act in “A New Hope”.
Alden Ehrenreich does a really good job of playing Han Solo. He fits the role of a cocky smuggler well, and definitely fills Harrison Ford’s shoes. I would recommend this movie for people age eight and up, because other than some slightly romantic scenes, the movie is very appropriate. The attitude of the characters is spot on, and from little details to the plot itself, “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is completely consistent. This movie was not really focused on the major events of the Star Wars series as a whole, but on the lives of smugglers at the time and the different crime syndicates warring in the galaxy. This makes sense, because the story is from Han’s point of view and he was more focused on his personal life than the political affairs of the galaxy.
I liked the way the film used orchestra music to strengthen the mood of suspense in the action scenes. This was very true to the original Star Wars trilogy, and they even used elements of the original Han Solo theme in the movie. In “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” the action is pretty high strung, and though there is a designated climax, it’s hard to tell when the rising action is because the movie just keeps finding opponents and difficulties to throw at the characters. The director of this film, Ron Howard, has directed numerous Hollywood hits such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Apollo 13,” and “Willow.” Also, the writers, Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan (Lawrence is Jonathan’s father) have strong connections to Star Wars. Lawrence was one of the writers that worked on “The Empire Strikes Back” and “Return of the Jedi.” I think that “Solo: A Star Wars Story” lived up to expectations, and gave us some more unforgettable memories of Han we can add to our impression of him as rebellious, but a good guy at heart.