SPOILER WARNING: Major spoilers for some of the best moments in Solo: A Star Wars Story follow below. Read at your own risk!
The verdict is in and Solo: A Star Wars Story couldn't quite measure up at the box office. While some (and Lucasfilm) may be quick to figure out what went wrong here, it's not as if the movie didn't have anything going for it. It had some really charming performances, a very surprising cameo appearance, and lots of cool set pieces. Box office dollars aren't the best measure of quality and while Solo isn't a perfect film, it had this writer walking out of the theater thinking about lots of memorable scenes.
And is it such a surprise that a movie about a young Han Solo contains seriously cool moments? Han Solo is the original cool guy in space, and Solo leaps to the challenge of entertaining fans through all manner of different ways. Han's journey to become a great pilot takes him to a lot of different places, forcing him to talk, shoot, and fly his way out of whatever trouble he manages to find himself in. In no particular order, here are six of the coolest moments from Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story.
The Train Heist
Nothing beats a good heist, especially after you add aliens, lasers, spaceships, and a high-speed train moving hundreds of feet above a frozen wasteland. Early on in the film, Han and Chewie cross paths with Tobias Beckett and his crew, who are in the midst of planning to rob a train of its cargo full of hyperfuel. Han, desperate for money so that he can buy a ship, forces Tobias to let him and Chewie help. What follows is a pretty exciting sequence full of rising and falling tension mixed with solid action. Things escalate quickly when Enfys Nest and the Marauders arrive on their hoverbikes to steal the shipment for themselves. Sacrifices are made and things are blown up. It's definitely a great way to help kick off the movie.
How Han Met Chewbacca
Fans have wondered how Han Solo and Chewbacca, one of the best on screen duos in movie history, first met and forged their lifelong friendship. The answer? Chewbacca tried to straight up eat Han. In all fairness, Chewie was a slave of the Empire who hadn't fed him for three days, but still. After Han is labeled a deserter, he is thrown into a pit with "the beast," which turns out to be a starved and chained up Chewie. The two have an engaging fight in the mud before Han can convince Chewie that they need to work together to escape. The duo does just that and being chained together forces them to stick together until they can get off the planet. As far as meet-cutes go, it's a pretty fun way to reveal how they first met. But seriously, Chewie has eaten human beings before and that's messed up.