As a Star Wars fan who had gotten used to loathing the prequels, both Rogue One and Solo: A Star Wars Story have been pleasant surprises. The former is a very adult tale of heroism and sacrifice about the Rebels’ attempts to steal the plans for the Death Star, while the latter is a rompish exploration of the pre-Star Wars.
Despite a difficult (and highly publicized) production in which director Ron Howard was brought in to do extensive reshoots, Solo: A Star Wars Story wound up being a hugely entertaining film that is full of fun, adventure, and some great new characters.
Stepping into Harrison Ford‘s iconic role with grace and ease, Alden Ehrenreich is a fantastic Han Solo — perfectly capturing the charm and swagger that has endeared the character to audiences for generations. The film follows Han Solo as he escapes his life as a low-level scoundrel on Corellia. Forced to leave behind his loyal girlfriend Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), he soon frees the mighty Wookie Chewbacca (Joonas Suatamo) from a life of imprisonment and smooth talks his way into working for professional thief Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson). Through his adventures, Han is reunited with Qi’ra to discover that she is now working for nefarious crime lord Dryden Vos (Paul Bettany). With the help of that charming rogue Lando Calrissian (a scene-stealing Donald Glover), Han and company embark on a deadly mission for Vos in which they take on the infamous Kessel Run — with Solo embracing his inner hero along the way.
On September 25th, Solo: A Star Wars Story makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut, taking viewers into hyperspace along the way. Another fun Star Wars prequel? Who would have thought! Bring this adventure from a galaxy far, far away into your home next month.