Since the first Star Wars appeared in theatres in 1977, it has continued influence popular culture in ways never seen before. Over the last 40 years, it has earned its own special day (May 4th), Jediism has become a religion, and since Star Wars became a Disney franchise, there has been an explosion of new films, books, and comic books.
This week, the first film of a new trilogy focusing on the backstory of Han Solo was released, called Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Han Solo is one of the most interesting characters in the Star Wars universe. One important reason for this is that the creator of the series, George Lucas, made some major changes to the story in later re-makes of the film. The best-known of these changes is that in the first scene where Han Solo appears in the original version, Han is arguing with Greedo, a bounty hunter, and he shoots him before Greedo fires his gun. This scene, called the “Han shot first” scene, was changed in the re-make to make Greedo the one who shot first.
Han essentially is someone who is only interested in making money and looking out for himself. He travels from planet to planet smuggling stolen goods, and he is an anti-hero who enjoys risking his life. He’s never really been a part of the Empire, but instead joins the Resistance. In this new Han Solo film, we learn why.
The new film tells about the places where Han grew up and the events that shaped his personality. We learn about how he met Chewbacca, who never leaves his side, and most importantly, we find out how he won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian.
Solo is the first film in this chronological series. It tries to answer most of our questions about Han, and it’s usually very balanced. However, it doesn’t really explain certain details, like why Han is so reckless and ill-tempered. Fans are likely to find this film better than The Last Jedi but not as good as Rogue One. Throughout the two-hour film, audiences won’t see many surprises, and the film goes by the rules.