Favorite Solo Scene: June 2018 ComLINKS

*This post is part of a link up started by Jenmarie over at Anakin and His Angel. Each month she has a different galactic topic for us to explore and write about. This month we’re talking about our favorite scene from the new Solo movie!

“I’m going to be a pilot. Best in the galaxy.”//  Han Solo, Solo: A Star Wars Story

Warning! Solo spoilers ahead!

 

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I’ll admit it, I was not thrilled when I heard that Han Solo was getting his own movie. I really wasn’t interested in the low-life of the Star Wars galaxy. Han was a cool character, but he wasn’t really one of my favorites. I really wanted a story about something I didn’t know anything about- the Old Republic or the time between the fall of the Empire and the rise of the First Order. But as I thought about it more, I began to appreciate what the story could tell. When the trailers finally dropped, my jaw dropped along with it.

“I have a really good feeling about this.” Me too, Han. Me too!

I’ve seen the movie a total of 3 times since it came out, and have not regretted any of the viewings! The first time I saw it opening night was a blast. There’s nothing like experiencing a Star Wars film for the first time in a theater. But I really think the second and third viewings solidified my love for this movie. It’s nothing like any previous Star Wars film. No lightsabers (well, not really anyway), no Force, no talk of Jedi- all we saw was the gritty life of people living under the Empire’s iron fist. And I loved it.

 

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Picking a favorite scene was not easy. I loved watching Han and Chewie meet for the first time. I loved watching Han and Lando get introduced for the first time. (“It’s Han, actually, but that’s okay.”) I loved Lando in every scene he had, and I absolutely loved it when Han and Chewie flew together for the first time. All of those scenes were sentimental and fun.

But the scene that left me leaving the theater with questions and longing for more was the scene with Maul. Watching Clone Wars and seeing Maul return was quite a shocker, especially since everyone thought he was surely dead. I ended up loving his character arc in TCW and Rebels (especially his interactions with Ezra). But I was not expecting to see him in this movie!

 

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I about fell out of my chair! Seeing Maul involved with Crimson Dawn and seeing Qi’ra really be tied up in it gave this movie a depth it wouldn’t have had without this scene. I’m really hoping we get to see more of Maul/Qi’ra in the future (Boba Fett or Obi-Wan movie??) so we can learn more about their relationship!

Solo: A Star Wars Story Trailer Thoughts

Waiting for this trailer has been like waiting for the postal worker to deliver your package. I’ve basically been stalking social media every day since “The Last Jedi” was released. The back and forth about whether or not it was going to be released during the Super Bowl was killing me. And then we saw the mini teaser, and I freaked.

And then we got the full teaser. And I freaked again. Big time.

It was amazing.

If you haven’t seen it yet, stop reading and watch it. And even if you have seen it already, watch it again.

Here are my thoughts:

The full-length teaser opens with us in what looks like the shiny cockpit of the Millennium Falcon. Honestly, I’m super excited to see the Falcon looking all shiny and pretty! Hopefully we’ll be able to see what happens with it that gives it the look it has in ANH.

Then Han (played by Alden Ehrenreich) starts telling us that he’s been running scams on the streets since he was ten. The trailer shows various “street” chases as Han continues to tell us he was kicked out of the Imperial Academy for having a “mind of his own.” I wouldn’t expect anything less of Han Solo, honestly. But hopefully we’ll get to learn exactly what that means though! And I’m also crossing my fingers that we’ll get to see Han in an Imperial uniform!

We then meet Woody Harrelson’s character Garris Shrike. He’s looking for a crew. We see Lando Calrissian (played by Donald Glover) and Qi’ra (played by Emilia Clarke). I feel like Glover has really got the Lando character down (and his style is always on point). I’m also really interested in learning about who Qi’ra is, especially because she tells Han later on that she’s the only one who knows what he really is.

Pretty mysterious, if you ask me!

Just as you think the trailer is about to be over, we get to see an awesome space (or is it? It looks like we’re in a storm?) battle/chase which I’m super pumped about because I honestly live for these in the Star Wars movies. Maybe it’s the Kessel run? Because we’re all dying to know what that is! It ends with some humor (which definitely characterizes Han Solo), and a huge alien of some sort with creepy teeth.

I honestly loved the trailer. It gives us a taste of the Star Wars universe that we don’t normally get to see. I love the Jedi/Sith conflicts, the Rebellion, Skywalker drama, etc., but obviously that isn’t the whole story. I think it’s going to be a lot of fun to learn what the “regular” citizens of the galaxy are up to.

And an added bonus? The soundtrack sounds awesome. I’ve always been a fan of Star Wars soundtracks, and I love that this has the same themes and feel, but adds a little extra, giving it that “space western” feel that Kathleen Kennedy mentioned in her interview with Variety.

Now this is just the official teaser, so we can definitely be looking forward to a full-length trailer sometime soon. (I’m hopeful we’ll get one during the Olympics some time?) But with just the teaser, I’m feeling REALLY optimistic about this movie. I was already super excited for it, but I’m even more so now that we’ve got some footage.

Also, we got some EPIC looking new posters for the movie as well. I love the Old West vibes we’re getting from them. They don’t have the traditional “Star Wars” look to them. Maybe that’s to broaden the audience some? Either way, I love them!

Solo: A Star Wars Story arrives in theaters on May 25, 2018, and you can bet I’ll be at the premier!

What are your thoughts on the trailer and/or the upcoming move?

*All images were taken from the official Star Wars website.