Movie Review: SOLO – A Star Wars Story!

“You’ve never heard of the Millennium Falcon? It made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs!”

JAY’S 30-SECOND REVIEW:

[100% Spoiler Free] – A young Han Solo before he became an infamous smuggler and joined the Rebel Forces! A heist movie/crime caper/action adventure all rolled up in one. Alden Erhenreich plays Han Solo to perfection. All the rugged charm, disarming wit, and easygoing demeanor is there. The immensely talented Donald Glover is super smooth as Lando Calrissian 🙂 Best of all, it features the legendary Kessel Run! What more can you ask for? 😀

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FULL REVIEW [Spoilers like a mofo!]

First of all, let’s get one damn thing clear – ‘Solo’ is NOT a flop! Box office be damned – This movie is both a good standalone -AND- part of the Star Wars Saga story line (Saga). It’s not as dark as ‘Rogue One‘ and not as lofty as ‘Last Jedi‘. It is a perfect Han Solo movie.

Remember, since we first met Han (Mos Eisley Cantina, Episode IV) he was all about getting paid $$$! Han was no hero. Never wanting anything more than the next job and constantly on the run (Jaba, anyone?)  That attitude is explored in his early life. Turns out Han grew up a street rat along with his childhood girlfriend Qi’Ra (Emelia Clarke) and wanted nothing more than to find his place in the world.

Along the way, the two get separated, Han joins the Empire’s galactic army (yep), and eventually meets Chewbacca! From there the movie kicks into caper-mode, as Han teams up with a band of thieves led by Woody Harrellson. Their mission: Steal coaxium, the most coveted mineral in the galaxy…a ‘hyper fuel’ made of hypermatter (a derived sort of anti-matter, but more powerful). And yes folks, this is the Kessel Run! The job that Han Solo has been bragging about completing in 12 parsecs! lol lol – It is INSANE! 😀 😀

Of course, stealing this mineral requires a a crazy plan and a fast ship. That’s where Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) comes in! From here, the fun kicks into high gear 🙂 – seriously, is there anything this guy cannot do??

Overall, Han Solo’s movie stays true to character. Like the man himself, the movie never takes itself seriously even in the face of danger. Alden Erhenreich plays Han perfectly as a rebirth of Harrison Ford – (who himself LOVES this movie!). Donald Glover channels Billy Dee Williams in all his smoooove Colt45 glory lol – as young Lando ‘gotta rock my capes!’ Calrissian.

This is a perfect Han Solo movie and I kinda want to see more – specifically his Jabba the Hutt spice run which went badly!

I give it 4 out of 5 Falcons.

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[MASSIVE SPOILER ALERT!!!!]

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And now we gotta talk about this….

the return of DARTH MAUL!!! 

Folks this is HUGE! For hardcore fans who watched Star Wars: The Clone Wars Animated Series – we know that Darth Maul survived being cut in half by Obi Wan and later recovered his legs and powers. We ALSO know that Chancellor Palpatine (aka the Emperor Darth Sidious) did NOT kill him but rather tortured him and took him back.

Darth Maul’s gratuitous cameo can be viewed one of TWO ways – it either works and is the NEW timeline from now on (kinda like X-Men: Days of Future Past), or it doesn’t work at all.

IT DOESN’T WORKThe main problem with including Darth Maul is continuity issues. For those who don’t know – Darth Maul died…TWICE! (more on that below) By bringing his character back, Disney is tampering with a timeline that has (for the most part) worked out well over different mediums.

Bringing back Darth Maul as shocking cameo was AMAZING but simply doesn’t fit into the classic timeline of events. His story arc largely takes place before/during Phantom Menace, a rebirth/revenge comeback during Star Wars: Clone Wars Animated Series, and wrapped up with climactic battle in Star Wars: Rebels (in which Obi-Wan kills him AGAIN). Unless they try to ret-con and shoehorn him in. Otherwise, he has no place in the upcoming story arc (Vader, the Empire, rise of the Rebellion, Luke). As excited as I was to see him – it’s a hot mess. Disney will have some ‘splaining to do!

UNLESS….

IT DOES WORK:

I’m a fan of keeping great villains alive. We’ve already seen Darth Maul survive being sliced in half – why couldn’t he survive another lightsaber wound? I mean….we don’t exactly SEE him die?

Plus, this means that Disney completely takes the reigns of Star Wars continuity! Disney can tap into source materials throughout the Star Wars Extended Universe (EU), which includes novels and animated series – namely The Clone Wars and Rebels. There are plenty of AWESOME characters to explore like Crimson Dawn, Cad Bane, Asaaj Ventress, young Boba Fett, the Mandalorians – and maybe, just maybe a surprise appearance by one Ahsoka Tano aka Snips?! 😀 (Again…we don’t exactly SEE her die in ‘Rebels?)

Disney needs to tread carefully. This could upset the delicate balance of The Force of the Saga timeline. If Disney does this they need to go 100%. There are enough holes in the EU to fill in with smaller projects – BUT — this means the new stories need to be both independent of the original Saga. A lot of Clone Wars characters are presumed displaced once the Empire kicked in, but it IS possible they survived. 😉

If that is the case, then this Solo movie Darth Maul cameo just opened a HUGE opportunity for Disney to feature never-ending Star Wars stories.

 

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