Solo: A Star Wars Story tells the back story of a young Han Solo, where he escapes the ‘street-rat’ lifestyle under the tyranny of the Empire and the criminal syndicate, Crimson Dawn. However, his lover, Qi’ra, played by Emilia Clarke gets left behind. This motivates the young lone-ranger to join the military, become a pilot and get a ship to rescue his lover back. What happens after is the adventures Han Solo takes on and becomes the Han Solo we all came to know and love.
*Spoiler Alert!* Now, that we’ve got the warning out of the way, we present to you five reasons why you should watch Solo: A Star Wars Story.
1. Solo & Chewie’s Bromance
What’s a Han Solo-centered film without his best furry friend, Chewbacca? In this film, we get to experience the bromance between Han Solo and his trusty ol’ co-pilot, Chewbacca. The movie showcases how the friendship of a lifetime (and beyond) blossoms from the very beginning and how “Chewie” got his name. From the get-go, the legendary Wookiee’s characteristics in this film resembles the one we’ve come to know now, where he is ferocious, sophisticated and loyal. We also find out that Chewie is 190 years old when he met Han Solo.
2. Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. ‘Nuff said
Donald Glover takes form of young Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story and fans of both Glover and Lando felt like it was a match made in heaven. Glover hit the nail in, capturing the essence of Lando’s characteristics as the smooth-talking, charisma-oozing, cape-wearing gambler he was before he changed into a selfless leader in the fight against the Empire. Lando manages to take center stage in the movie through his personality and fashion, especially in the capes department. We find out more about the friendship between Han and Lando and the ‘fateful’ bet that caused Lando to lose the Millennium Falcon to Han Solo.
3. Feminist droid, L3-37
The film’s comic relief comes in the form of Lando’s co-pilot, L3-37, who spews timely political commentary on equal rights between men and women, as well as, men and droids. Though she’s a droid, she feels like a sentient being as she sheepishly admits her feelings towards Lando, but immediately shrugs it off because “it won’t work out”, almost like a defensive mechanism. As Lando’s valiant navigational expert, L3-37 slowly becomes one of the key characters in the film.
4. Darth Maul
Towards the end of the film, Darth Maul makes an appearance, hinting a sequel to Solo: A Stars Wars Story. The noxious Sith Lord, trained by the vicious Darth Sidious has proven to be one of the most iconic villains in the Star Wars universe, though his presence onscreen has been short-lived. Expect to see fans of the franchise be either surprised or horrified at the emergence of Darth Maul.
5. Millennium Falcon
Old-school fans of the franchise will be delighted to see the Millennium Falcon at its best. In this film, the ship is dashingly clean and fresh onscreen, with a blue and white colour scheme in its interior, a slight difference from its usual grey. The circular radar dish will face upwards with its complete front end and will be a star in the new film.
Solo: A Star Wars Story opens in cinemas nationwide on 24 May 2018.