Spoiler-Free Review!

Let’s get this out of the way: I’m a HUGE Star Wars nerd. I love everything Star Wars. I read the Legends/Expanded Universe novels. I’ve played all the video games. I read the Marvel comics. I play a tabletop Role Playing Game (ala Dungeons&Dragons) set in the Star Wars universe with my wife and three friends. (I play as a Wookiee named Whargarble Kronkk.) I didn’t really like the prequels, so I used editing software to cut three okay-ish movies into one 2-hour long awesome movie.

My point is: I’m a fan. I know it’s a controversial opinion for some, but I’ve loved every new Star Wars film that’s come out since The Force Awakens too.

And man, did I LOVE SoloA Star Wars Story.

A Lot of Star Wars Fans Hate Star Wars These Days

Star Wars Episode VII: The Last Jedi
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I’m not going to get into the crazy amount of hate that The Last Jedi gets from some people, but I have to say this: It sucks as a huge Star Wars fan to see so many people just ripping apart something that I thought was a phenomenal movie.

I know. Half of you just clicked away out of irrational fury over this movie. Personally, I take what I can get. If a Star Wars movie comes out and I hate it, meh, lots of other great movies I can watch. I’m not going to spend the next six months complaining about it on the internet. If a movie can ruin your life and “destroy your childhood,” you need to get your priorities straight.

While I’m a massive Stephen King and Dark Tower fan, I hated The Dark Tower movie, and I didn’t say a word about it on the internet (well, until now, I guess), because I can just go back and read the books that I love. No big loss.

You have every right to dislike a movie for any reason you want, but it doesn’t invalidate the opinions of people who did like it. And if you’re still complaining about it on every Facebook or Reddit post that even mentions Star Wars… well…

The IT Crowd

The reason I’m saying all this is because if you boycotted Solo: A Star Wars Story because of The Last Jedi, you missed out on a great movie that some are calling the best Star Wars film since Disney purchased Lucasfilm.

But Can My Kids Watch It?

In my opinion, Star Wars is a pretty safe option for most kids. There’s some action-adventure violence, but there’s rarely any blood, the violence isn’t excessive, there’s no cursing, no nudity, and the plots aren’t terribly complex.

Solo: A Star Wars Story doesn’t really deviate from that. There are elements of it that one could consider “dark,” in the sense that Han is a rogue working in the seedy criminal underbelly of the galaxy. And lots of people die.

Basically, the worst thing your kids are going to see in Solo is a handful of “good guy” characters being killed in action.

Story Complexity

For a lot of the movies that I want to show my kids, the age level is a little higher not for mature content, but because I want them to basically be able to understand what’s going on. This is the case for most of the Star Wars movies. I’m not saying they’re all that complex, but I’d never forgive myself if my kids learned that (SPOILER) Darth Vader is Luke’s father if they can’t comprehend why that’s a big deal.

Solo is pretty much the same way. The story isn’t too complex, but it’s a bit more challenging than something like Aladdin.

Appropriate Age for Solo: A Star Wars Story: 5-7 Years Old

Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo
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