From Star Wars singles dating sites to new amusement park rides and standalone movies, the Star Wars community is in a new era. Where fans once had to suffer for decades awaiting a new movie, now they get a new film just about every year. Love it or hate it, there is one thing we know for sure – Star Wars isn’t going anywhere.
With the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, the massive fandom was given an opportunity to see their beloved character in a different light. The pre-production drama certainly didn’t help sway the doubters and naysayers, though. From two directors being fired to actor Alden Ehrenreich reportedly being asked to take acting lessons, it’s fair to say expectations weren’t too high.
The critics seemed happy (Rotten Tomatoes currently has Solo at 71%) and the formula to produce huge turnouts hasn’t exactly failed to meet expectations yet. Still, somehow the question now circulating fan forums is a new one – “Is this a release worth skipping?”. In the words of Han Solo and Lando themselves, here’s why skipping Solo in theatres is a bad idea.
3 Reasons You Need to See Solo: A Star Wars Story
“Let’s keep a little optimism here.” – Han
Star Wars is appealing to a new audience, that’s clear. One of the most impressive things about Solo is it plays to both side of the fandom – diehards and newcomers. It’s easy to follow without seeing any other Star Wars movies and equally filled with Easter eggs, nostalgic nods to previous films, and new characters sure to appeal to fans of all age.
Han’s trouble-making, charming, bad boy character is already making women swoon (namely Qi’Ra, portrayed by Emilia Clarke) and coming up with thieving schemes before he hits the ripe old age of 18.
“This is where the fun begins!” – Han
Whether you love or hate the newer releases, this one takes on a different attitude. Rather than a revolving number of important characters, the story more or less focuses on a small group of people.
The action is exciting and the train scene alone makes it worth seeing in theaters. The number of legitimately funny moments (namely the crude humor of Lando’s scene-stealing sidekick L3-37) makes it the lightest recent film in the franchise.
“Everything, you’ve heard about me, is true.” – Lando
Known for his comedic performances in Community, Atlanta, and as the rapper, Childish Gambino, the multi-talented actor Donald Glover portrays Lando Calrissian perfectly. In fact, his popularity has sparked rumors of getting his own standalone movie (and, yes, he really is that good).
This mixed with the fact the movie doesn’t rely too heavily on older stories means it just can be enjoyed for what it is – a fun, funny adventure. What else would you want a movie about young Han Solo to be?