In Solo: A Star Wars Story, a young Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) is a petty thief working for a crime syndicate run by Lady Proxima (Linda Hunt) and her henchmen. Lady Proxima provides shelter for young people struggling to survive the hostile streets of Corellia. Han and Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), the girl he loves, have a plan to escape the wretched and dangerous planet they live on and build a life together where Han can realise his dream of becoming a pilot. But their escape doesn’t go to plan and while Han makes it out, Qi’ra doesn’t.
Han enlists in the Empire to become a pilot and vows that he’ll return for Qi’ra. He soon finds himself in the middle of a war where he meets Beckett (Woody Harrelson) and his motley crew. With the help of Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), his new Wookie friend, Solo finds himself in the middle of a secret operation to derail a train and hijack its precious cargo. When the hijacking fails, Beckett must face a dangerous opponent. Han goes with him and finally finds Qi’ra again.
Solo and Beckett hatch a daring plan to replace what they lost in the hijacking and enlist the help of Lando Calrisian (Donald Glover) and his robotic copilot L3 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Lando owns the fastest ship in the galaxy, but they soon discover that speed is not all they need. They must learn to trust the unknown, perhaps even more than they trust each other, even if it eventually leads to rebellion.
Crime, enslavement, rebellion and war.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has some violence. For example:
- There are frequent fight scenes involving shootouts and bashings.
- There are numerous chase scenes involving hover cars, spaceships and other vehicles that are damaged, smashed apart or explode. The occupants are generally killed.
- Han is beaten up by people who think he isn’t stealing enough.
- Lady Proxima is a large worm-like creature. She’s burned by sunlight.
- There is a war scene in which gunfire or lasers kill many people. Explosions happen all around while men scream and run in all directions.
- Han is dumped into an underground pit where a beast is meant to torture and eat him. Here he meets Chewbacca, and the two literally fight for their lives.
- Han is punched in the face, a man is executed in an office, others are slashed with razors, and Chewbacca rips the arms off a guard. Very little blood is shown.
- Han and his friends are told how the Empire treats those it captures. There’s a story about an entire community where all the people had their tongues cut out.
- Beckett’s copilot is shot in the shoulder, his injuries look like fire is eating his flesh, and he slowly dies.
Content that may disturb children
In addition to the violent scenes mentioned above, Solo: A Star Wars Story has some scenes that could scare or disturb children under five years. For example:
- There are numerous scary creatures and aliens in the movie.
- As Han pilots the Millennium Falcon, a huge octopus-like creature attacks and almost eats the spaceship. At the same time, it’s almost sucked into a fiery vortex. The music is loud, dramatic and suspenseful.
In addition to the violent scenes and scary visual images mentioned above, Solo: A Star Wars Story has some scenes that could scare or disturb children aged 5-8 years. For example, in a couple of scenes, storm troopers forcibly separate children from their parents. Children and parents cry and scream as the children are dragged away.
Other than the scenes mentioned above, there’s nothing in this movie likely to frighten children aged 8-13 years.
There’s nothing in this movie likely to frighten children over 13 years.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has some sexual references. For example, Qi’ra and L3 discuss Lando’s feelings for L3. L3, who is a robot, alludes to a physical relationship between herself and Lando. Qi’ra asks, ‘How would that work?’
Alcohol, drugs and other substances
Solo: A Star Wars Story shows some use of substances. For example:
- A captain drinks from a flask during a raging battle.
- A few scenes take place in a pub where characters drink and gamble.
- There’s an exclusive party during which characters drink. Chewbacca drinks numerous glasses of what looks like an alcoholic beverage.
Nudity and sexual activity
Solo: A Star Wars Story has some nudity and sexual activity. For example:
- Han and Qi’ra kiss passionately several times.
- Qi’ra wears a revealing dress with a plunging neckline to a party.
There’s no product placement in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Solo: A Star Wars Story has some coarse language.
Ideas to discuss with your children
Solo: A Star Wars Story is a science fiction prequel about the earlier years of Han Solo’s life. It has a diverse cast featuring people of many nationalities. The characters themselves also come from many backgrounds, and there are many strong female characters.
This movie will appeal to fans of the Star Wars series and is best suited to older teenage and adult audiences.
These are the main messages from this movie:
- Be strong and loyal.
- Follow your dreams.
- If you’re oppressed, unite with other oppressed people to escape enslavement, in this case by the Empire.
The movie also sometimes sends a message about never trusting anyone.
Values in this movie that you could reinforce with your children include:
- working as a team and communicating well
- doing what’s right even when this is difficult or there are unpleasant consequences
- being a good friend and showing loyalty.
This movie could also give you the chance to talk with your children about real-life issues like the following:
- Slavery: entire cultures are, or have been, oppressed as a result of greed or the mistaken belief that some are better than others.
- Cheating: eventually people who cheat are exposed. Sometimes the loss they suffer is much greater than anything they gained by cheating in the first place.
- War: so much destruction and devastation happens when two opposing sides refuse to act honourably.