Friday night I was retweeted by Ron Howard, and frankly that's the best Star Wars moment I've had, right up there with meeting Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) when he visited the TV station I worked at.
All the way home from the theater my Darling Valerie and I talked about how much we enjoyed the movie:
- Alden was good. I never suspected he wasn't a real Han Solo.
- The end of the Kessel fight sequence before boarding to leave was one of the most important in the movie. It's where each character's true character came out. When Han went for Lando everyone saw that he was a genuinely good guy. Lando went for L3 and showed he was more than a playboy. Chewie showed he was loyal. Qi'ra showed she was not anyone's damsel in distress.
- Han getting his Solo name was weird. He later talks of spending time with his dad, so why wouldn't he use his family's name?
- It was great seeing how they explained why Lando says Han with a long A in Empire when everyone else says "Hahn."
- Exactly how many deserting troops did Chewie eat before Han showed up?
- It's 12 parsecs if you round down, LOL. So maybe Rey is right about closer to 14 in TFA. In New Hope he brags it's less than 12, so the legend keeps getting lower.
- I can't say that Beckett or Qi'ra were bad. Everyone was a scoundrel out for themselves. It's just the life.
- My dad gives Qi'ra more of a heroic intention: "I do not think Q’ira betrayed Han. I think she was protecting him. She knew he was a good guy and would not be able to accept her past. And she knew he would not survive as a member of the Syndicate, because he would always end up helping the underdog."
- Han learned to shoot first.
- Enfys Nest needs a book or comic.
- L3's accidental droid revolution was great.
- Val reminded me that Warwick Davis' character is the same as we see at the pod race in Phantom Menace.
- Finding Clint Howard is always fun in a Ron Howard movie.
- Han wins the Falcon in the second Sabacc game, only after he turned it into a hunk of junk in the Kessel run.
- Remember the trailer where Han is flying the Falcon and says "It's fine. Everything is fine." and everyone screams to watch out for the tentacles? That wasn't in the movie, was it?
- I wonder how many are super confused about Darth Maul, never having seen Clone Wars and Rebels?
- "I hate you." "I know."
- So L3 is now the Falcon computer, so all the times in the original trilogy that Han talks about talking to the Falcon, and says "hear me baby? Hold it together," he's referring to L3!
- I expected Rio to be a background character who rarely talked. I was surprised just how rat-a-tat-tat he talked and talked.
- I've been listening a lot to the score. I don't remember noticing anything different while watching it, but listening to it separately I do. John Powell did the scores for the "How to Train Your Dragon" movies and Solo sounds like something you'd hear in one of those movies. I don't dislike it, just getting used to it, which I need to see the movie a few more times to do. The Enfys Nest theme with the choral part is the most memorable so far, and best. The Kessel Run sequence is just one long Best Of score from Han Solo throughout Star Wars and piles it on.
- It sounds to me like the scores used in the NBC Olympics closing credits music, which I always look forward to every two years, using themes from "Dragonheart" and "Remember the Titans."