“Solo: A Star Wars Story” – Where It All Began


Solo: A Star Wars Story opened May 25th at Coronado Village Theatre, giving Star Wars fans another reason to celebrate this holiday weekend. The movie gave the personal history of everyone’s favorite galactic scoundrel, the cocky pilot always looking for a quick buck, always getting in trouble, but always guided by a good heart. In this latest release of the Star Wars saga, you get the wit and humor you expect, the action and adventure, the droids, the odd looking aliens, but you also get answers to questions you may not have even thought to ask, like how did Han Solo get his name, how did he meet Chewy and what did he really do to win the Millennium Falcon.

It is quite the challenge to find someone to live up to Harrison Ford’s Han Solo, and I’ll admit I questioned the choice of Alden Ehrenreich when watching the trailer, but after watching the full movie, Ehrenreich didn’t disappoint. He isn’t Harrison Ford, but really who could be? Ehrenreich did do a great job of endearing himself to the audience despite his cocky attitude and reckless decisions.


The cast of characters also included Beckett, played by Woody Harrelson, who brought a quick wit and dark humor to the film, and Lando Calrissian, played by Donald Glover, a smooth talking gambler that some said stole the show. Finally, QI’RA, played by Emilia Clarke, was Solo’s early love interest and added quite a few surprises in this film.  

I took my son with me and he said his favorite part was “learning how Han Solo met and became buddies with Chewy. I don’t really get why people like Han Solo, but Chewy is the best!” I think as he grows up he will gain an appreciation for Han who has always been a favorite of mine.

As we left the theater we heard others talking about how this movie set the stage for how Darth Maul came to power, but having not seen Star Wars 1, 2 or 3, I didn’t quite understand where those clues were leading us. I wouldn’t say that Solo outshines Rogue One or The Last Jedi, but it is certainly fun to watch and an enjoyable glimpse into where the Star Wars saga all began.

Movie times: click here

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction

Directors:  Ron Howard

Actors: Alden EhrenreichWoody HarrelsonEmilia Clarke

Rating:  Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence.

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Jeannie is a recently retired Naval Officer whose first duty station brought her to Coronado in 1998.  A Navy Helicopter Pilot for 10 years and a Public Affairs Officer for 11 years, the Navy afforded her many incredible opportunities to serve her country in unique ways while seeing the world.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: manager@coronadotimes.com