Solo: A Star Wars Story official trailer review

Illustration by Rebecca Kottke 

Illustration by Rebecca Kottke 

Who shot first? Han shot first. With the release of the new Star Wars movie “Solo” that is just under a month out the most recent trailer leaves plenty up for discussion as it looks like another successful stand alone Star Wars film is on the way.

We first see the young Corellian pilot played by Alden Ehrenreich, on what looks to be yet another desert planet within the Star Wars movie universe. As you hear the notorious roar of a TIE-fighter flying by, an imperial star destroyer looks to be in assembly giving the audience an early idea that the Empire will obviously be playing a role in this standalone film.

The opening 28 seconds are voiced over by a familiar voice if you are a Game of Thrones junky like myself. That’s right, the breaker of chains and the mother of dragons herself, Emilia Clarke makes her Star Wars debut looking more beautiful than ever as we see her character, Qi’ra, talk with Solo in a bar.

The head honchos over at Star Wars went big for this film as we get to see Woody Harrelson hint at a “big time job” for Solo. Is this the job that turns the notorious smuggler into the character we first see in a dirty bar on Tatooine?

“You got a line on a ship?” Enter Donald Glover as the one, the only Lando Calrissian, the original owner of the Millennium Falcon. Answering one of Solo’s questions with that same cocky and confident attitude he portrays in Episodes V and VI, we can assume this is the very beginning of the two smugglers relationship.

We get our first look at the infamous Millenium Falcon and it looks different. The ship that did the kessel run in 12 parsecs looks much more put together and not like “garbage” as Rey refers to it in episode VI.

This brings us to what looks like a great train robbery with imperial snowtroopers who are not too happy Solo and his crew who board on top the train. Getting into the trouble with the empire is nothing new from the Solo playbook.

The running gag joke of Star Wars characters using the phrase “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” may come to an end this film as Solo flips the negative saying into a positive saying “I’ve got a really good feeling about this.” Solo appears to be saying this as they are evasively flying away from the empire. Not to mention that Chewie casually drops that he is 190 years old, which, who knows, maybe that is relatively young for Wookie’s. However, I am going to have to agree with Han that the Wookie warrior does look great if in fact he really is 190.

The rest of the trailer offers up plenty of action for Star Wars fans to be satisfied with as there is no shortage of explosions, gunshots and mass chaos. If I’m to make one prediction for this movie it’s that there will be zero lightsaber action, which would be the first time in the Star Wars movie history. Just a little bit of change is good.

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