**WARNING: THE FOLLOWING POST INCLUDES SPOILERS FOR SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. IF YOU’VE NOT WATCHED SOLO AND YOU WANT TO REMAIN SPOILER-FREE THEN DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST. INSTEAD, CALL UP YOUR FRIENDS, BOOK SOME TICKETS, HEAD TO YOUR NEAREST MULTIPLEX AND WATCH SOLO!**

This morning I published my initial thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story. Thoughts that followed after I attended a screening at 4am.

Now that I’ve had time to think about the movie – and get through a VERY long day – I’ve decided I liked Solo: A Star Wars Story even more than I initially thought. In fact, I really liked it.

Here’s what I liked:

  • While the film did feature nods to the past, including the appearance of Darth Maul, Solo: A Star Wars Story didn’t either of the three staple characters of the series: Darth Vader, C-3PO or R2-D2. The characters didn’t need to be included in the movie and at no point were they shoehorned in – and that was a good decision. The Saga needs to move forward without always including these guys and Solo: A Star Wars Story took the first step.
  • Donald Glover was a fantastic Lando – really catching the spirit of Billy Dee Williams’ take on the character – but he didn’t overshadow Alden Ehrenreich (or Joonas Suotamo). This was a Han movie. It set out to be a Han movie and it ended up as a Han movie. Lando just added some extra charm.
  • Chewie. Chewie. Chewie. He was just great in this movie. From his initial introduction to his developing friendship with Han, Chewie got some great moments.
  • When the movie ended, I wanted to see more from Qi’Ra; more from Enfys Nest; heck even more from Beckett – and I know that’s not going to happen. The point is, these characters were interesting, well rounded and they had that Star Wars quality that made them feel as though they have always been part of the Saga. If a character leaves me wanting more then they’re great characters.
  • Han shoots Beckett. He shoots first!
  • Han was part of the Empire. Who knew?! A little contrived, but it kind of worked.
  • Han was also kind of responsible for the creation of the rebellion. Again, contrived, but again I was OK with this.
  • The film leaves room for a sequel, but if that sequel never happens then the story is fine to rest where it rests. Yes, I’d happily watch another Solo movie, but another standalone tale with a cameo from Han and Chewie would work just as well.
  • I genuinely like what Lucasfilm/Disney are doing with the Star Wars Saga. They’re building it outwards with new characters, while telling stories that can appeal to long-time fans as well. Solo slots in quite neatly and fleshes out another corner of the Star Wars Universe.

Solo: A Star Wars Story has left me feeling positive and re-energised with the Star Wars Saga. I will no doubt be dipping into some SW comics over the coming weekend, as well as finishing off my current re-watch of the films (I’ve got two left to watch), and who knows, maybe I’ll go and watch Solo again.

Good times!

Now I want more. I really want to see what Lucasfilm/Disney have planned beyond Episode IX. Full details on all those projects that have been announced, please. Surely now is the time for a big reveal?