Rated: PG-13

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Directed by:

Ron Howard


Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo; Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca; Emilia Clarke as Qi'ra; Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett; Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian

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Plugged In

Solo: A Star Wars Story

by Adam Holz

How did Han Solo become a galactic smuggler with a Wookie sidekick? This movie presents Han’s origin story, to borrow a superhero term—even though Han’s only “superpowers” are sarcasm and a persuasive smile.

Just like Rogue One in 2016, Solo: A Star Wars Story fills in gaps from the original trilogy. We see young Han meet Chewbacca and fly his famous ship, the Millennium Falcon, for the first time.

Han grew up as an orphan on the streets of the planet Corellia. His childhood friend, Qi’ra, is still trapped there. Han is determined to rescue her from the clutches of a local crime lord.

But to do that, he’ll need a ship. And to find a ship, he’ll need money.

Before long, Han teams up with a shady guy named Beckett to steal valuable fuel from the Empire. That adventure sets off action galore, which includes a lot of twists, turns and surprises.

Solo isn’t as violent as recent Star Wars movies—except for Chewbacca ripping off a bad guy’s arms. We get the usual space battles and several characters use blasters. Han gambles with Lando, a fellow smuggler. About a dozen bad words pop up, and two characters kiss onscreen.

Between the PG-13 rating, language, violence and romance, Solo might be a no-go for some families. Always ask your parents first.

“Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the power of the wicked.” —Psalm 82:4

Han shows a surprising amount of heroism in Solo. Nothing will stop him from saving Qi’ra. It doesn’t matter if the odds are against him, if people shoot at him or if he has to hang off a futuristic train.

In the real world, most rescue missions aren’t as exciting. In fact, they’re so normal that we might miss them. Helping the poor can be obvious. But what about those who need a pick-me-up? Our little actions make a big difference. Are your parents worn out after a hard day? Offer to do the dishes. Does a new kid at school eat lunch alone? Go sit with her.

We have countless opportunities to rescue people—at home, at school, even at church. If we open our eyes and ask God to help us see, He’ll show us people who need help. We don’t have to fly the Kessel Run or outwit an evil empire. By showing God’s love to others, we can be heroes, too.

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