Solo: A Star Wars Story – Thoughts and Review

A long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away….


Welcome back Travelers!!  Star Wars is back in it latest film, Solo: A Star Wars Story.  Since doing my initial thoughts on Avengers Infinity War, I’ve decided to do these movie review posts differently.  So each post will start off with my thoughts on the movie, then I will dive into my review (with plenty of spoiler warnings).  So let’s dive right into my thoughts on Solo!



Solo is the second of the Star Wars Anthology films, coming out two years after Rogue One.  the Anthology films seek to fill in missing gaps in the ever-growing Star Wars story and universe.  While Rogue One takes place immediately before the events of Episode 4, Solo takes place in the years following Episode 3.  The film gives us background on the early years of Han Solo, how he and Chewbacca, his Wookie companion met, how he acquired the Millennium Falcon, and other small details of this scoundrels past.  The film had a different tone than most of the other movie, but overall was very enjoyable to watch.  It featured good action, with several interesting and fun characters.  The writing was great, but at some points felt a bit simple and cheesy.  However this doesn’t make it any less enjoyable and gives the audience a great look into the past of one of the Star Wars franchise’s favorite characters.


Review – Spoiler Alert!!

To my disappointment, Solo was the first Star Wars movie not to open in space.  However the audience jumped right into the action as Han was trying to escape from Corellia with his girlfriend, Qi’ra.  The writing her is probably the cheesiest out of the entire film, but we can see Han at his finest trying to put a half-cocked plan into action and talk his way out of a dangerous situation with gangsters he owes money too.  Classic Han…  But while trying to escape, Han gets out but, Qi’ra is captured and he is forced to leave her behind and join the Imperial Navy.

We flash forward a couple years to find that Han has not become a pilot, but actually a trooper in the Imperial Army.  This was a great scene as it gave the audience a look at what the actual Imperial Army looks like in action. 152296380005_-_Solo_Star_Wars_Mud_Trooper

Many people believe that stormtroopers are the entirety of the Imperial ground forces, but they are actually the elite troopers.  So this was a great and much needed look into the Imperial War Machine.  This were Han first meets Chewbacca and saves him from his Imperial prison, and run off with some thieves return Han to his life of crime.  As the story continues following these group of criminals, Han is introduced to several characters we get to know briefly before they are subsequently killed off.  In typical Han fashion he fails to complete his mission and makes ridiculous promises to get the money back.  They now team up with the criminal group Crimson Dawn, and Qi’ra who is discovered to be working for them now.  In order to complete the infamous Kessel Run that Han is know for, they seek out another criminal, and thus we are introduced to Lando Calrissian and his obnoxious droid partner, L-3.  During their mission to complete the Kessel Run, we learn a bit more about how Qi’ra escaped from Corellia, and we watch the ridiculous droid rebellion started by L-3, and witness her death.  Watching Han, Chewie and the Falcon make the Kessel Run was pretty delightful especially seeing Han and Chewie both piloting the Falcon for the first time.

The arrive at other random desert planet to hand over their loot to Crimson Dawn.  In an expected turn of events, Beckett betrays Qi’ra, Han and Enfys Nest to Crimson Dawn and their leader Dryden Vos.  Only to have Han turn the tables on Dryden Vos and with the help of Qi’ra their plan succeeds.  We see Han as the reluctant good guy as he hands over the loot to Enfys Nest who is helping establish the beginning of the Rebellion which Han refuses to join.  And Han always fires first, which he shows as he kills Beckett.  Unfortunately for Han, Qi’ra returns to Crimson Dawn and reveals to us that the actual leader is non other than our favorite Sith, DARTH MAUL!!  For those that don’t know, lightsaber are so hot that they immediately cauterize wounds, meaning Maul survived behind cut in half.  He returned to Dathomir, his home world and recovered with the help of his robotic legs, and nursed a deep vengeance for Obi Wan.  So this scene sets the stage for the next Anthology film about Obi Wan, which we can assume will follow the events of Solo.


Conclusion and Rating

Overall, despite the poor reviews, I enjoyed the film, but it certainly is not my favorite Star Wars film by any stretch.  It was enjoyable with a good, and slightly predictable story with great characters and tons of small details that Star Wars fans will enjoy, including things like: Lando’s Hutt Guard Armor, Mandolorian Armor that may be Boba Fett’s, Han’s dice, Darth Maul, and so much more!!  Having a rough go in to box off, I still recommend seeing the film and give it a 7.5/10.


Check back Travelers for my updated Avengers Review and Deadpool 2 Review!!


May the Fourth Be With You!!

Long time ago, in a blog far, far away…


Welcome Back Travelers and Happy Star Wars Day!!

Being a tech/pop culture/gaming blog, Star Wars is obviously very near and dear to us.  I mean we have a sci-fi/space theme!!  So being such a fun day, I thought we would talk some Star Wars today.  Couple topics we are going to hit on, first is the upcoming Solo movie, second the state of Star Wars video games and its future.  So lets dive right in!!


Solo: A Star Wars Story

This is the 4 film Disney has brought for us and the second of the Star Wars Anthology films.  The last Anthology film being Rogue One, which I have to say was probably one of my Top 3, if not favorite film of the franchise.  What really did it for me was the binding together of the old and new, and even tying in some links to the current trilogy.  So I have high hopes going into Solo, I think it is going to be very entertaining, and very factual filling us in on a lot of untouched background for many characters.  I’m really hoping to see some of Greedo and Boba Fett, both who seem to have a colorful history with Han Solo.  After watching the trailers, so far I’m getting kind of an Ocean’s 11 vibe from the film, that they are going to put together this kick-ass crew to pull off a once in a lifetime heist.  I could talk Star Wars and Solo all day, but we will save the rest of our talk for a post-movie review!! SO check back at the end of the month for that.


Battlefront: How Star Wars Gaming is Losing

As an avid gamer and fan of Star Wars, I was obviously excited for more Star Wars games to be in the works, and at the time I was okay with EA running the show.  Boy, I bet Disney sure regrets giving the rights to EA now.  First Star Wars games I ever played were Shadow of the Empire and Rogue Squadron, and I was hooked.  Star Wars games continued to get better, and then peaked with the release of Battlefront and Battlefront 2.  But after that, LucasArts went silent much to fans disappointment.  Now EA has taken the mantle, and they have turned a beloved franchise into the deformed monster we lock in the basement.  While they did a great job with certain elements, namely audio and visuals, they pretty much ruined everything else.  No I don’t want to turn this into a rant, as we all know the sorry state of Star Wars gaming, but what does the future promise?  Potentially something very exciting as we have talk and small glimpses of an upcoming SINGLEPLAYER RPG.  Developers seem to be under the impression that players don’t enjoy these kind of games, my response is who the fuck are you talking to????  I believe and I think the evidence shows with games like Skyrim, Witcher, God of War, Last of Us, and so many more that players love a deep, rich, story-driven open world rpg game.  Sure lots of people like multiplayer games and your basic shooter, but with that comes the 12 year olds, the salt, the toxicity, bm, lag, server issues and so much more.  And I think EA has made the right decision by having one of their far more qualified subsidiary developers make the game.  But at the end of the day it is still EA and anything is possible.  Hopefully, if EA shits the bed again, Disney will do us all a favor and take Star Wars away from them and put them in timeout.


Let me know in the comments below if you enjoyed a more free form post like this, and be sure to check back next week for your regularly scheduled broadcast.

May the Force be with You Travelers!