Our latest cinema visit was for the latest entry into the Star Wars universe from Disney, with their second Spin-off following the success of Rogue One.
Now we didn’t see the film in the first week and we didn’t really know what to expect as it seems to have received an internet backlash of the Ghostbusters reboot proportions.
The film opening did have us a little worried as it opens with our new Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) in an on the run kind of storyline that was very much like the Kirk opening of the Star Trek reboot but past this, the film just builds and builds.
We are introduced to his girlfriend Qi’Ra (Emilia Clarke) and after a storyline which sees them have to expect the planet they are on, due to events where they get separated, Solo ends up joining the Empire as he trains to fulfill his dream of becoming a pilot.
Once out of the Empire academy he teams up with Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and his team of Val (Thandie Newton) and Rio, a great creature we liked (voiced by Jon Favreau)
The 4 are also joined up by one of the films big scene stealers, our favourite loveable wookie, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) after Solo gets to help him escape.
The 5 then get involved in one of the films big action sequences, as they plain a huge space train heist to cover a bounty they owe for the films big villain Dyden Vos (Paul Bettany) as they all have plans for their share they will get after paying him off.
Solo, of course, wants to return to the planet where he and Qi were separated and the others want to head off to join a team of bounty hunters on the planet Tatooine (which is just one of the many nods that Star Wars fans will love)
The heist goes completely wrong which sees the team having to come up with an alternate plan to get the bounty for Vos.
Solo is shocked to find Vos number 2 is none other than Qi’Ra. The alternate plan involves them needing a smuggler and pilot.
Qi’ra joins the gang and takes them to see none other than Lando (TV’s Atlanta’s Donald Glover is amazing in this role) as they go on a dangerous pursuit to clear the bounty from their heads.
We then get to see Han & Lando play cards with the prize being none other than the Millennium Falcon. Han actually loses thanks to Lando Cheating and to make matters worse, he is not even allowed to fly as the co-pilot is the film’s droid L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge, probably best known as the lead of comedy series Fleabag)
To escape with the bounty, the group will need to complete the Kessel Run in a faster time then ever before leaving a finale which will see showdowns, twists and great action sequences which we left us wanting more.
Some have avoided this film citing Disney milking Star Wars for all its worth but quite frankly if the films they release are as enjoyable as this, we have absolutely no issues as our only requirement is that what we watch we are entertained and this did so in buckets!
We loved this film and we will certainly want to add to our Star Wars film collection. Alden is great as the lead, Woody is superb as Beckett but all do a great job and even if unlike us, you didn’t like The Last Jedi this should bring your love of the Franchise back as we probably think it is best of the Disney films.
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