Solo Spotlight: The Force Awakens
We are only a mere week away now from Solo: A Star War Story, but we still have plenty of Han moments to appreciate in the existing installments. Since we wrapped up the original trilogy last Friday, it only seems fair to highlight some of Han’s best moments in The Force Awakens. Released in 2015, The Force Awakens was directed by J.J. Abrams and written by Abrams, Lawrence Kasdan, and Michael Arndt. The film picks up with a batch of new characters in Rey, Finn, Kylo Ren, and Poe Dameron as the Resistance fights against the First Order, a successor to the Galactic Empire from the original trilogy. The film marked the return of original trilogy stars Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, and Carrie Fisher and brought on a talented group of new actors in Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac. The Force Awakens was the first Star Wars film made after The Walt Disney Company purchased Lucasfilm in 2012. The film went on to gross $2 billion worldwide and gained the title of the third highest grossing film of all time.
So, what do we consider to be Han’s best moments in The Force Awakens?
1) “Chewie, we’re home.”
Honestly, I will never forget the applause in the theater as Han and Chewbacca enter the Falcon for the first time in thirty years. This line encapsulates so much, and honestly, the whole sequence of them regaining the Falcon is fantastic. Han has so many great interactions with Finn and Rey throughout the course of the movie, but this is one of the standout moments. He corrects Rey about the Kessel Run being in 12 parsecs; he is obviously offended when Finn refers to Chewbacca as “that thing.” Of course, it all becomes perfection the moment that Han stands in the cockpit of the Falcon alone with a rare smile on his face.
Oh, and then he calls Unkar Plutt a moof milker about five seconds after that perfect moment. What can we say? It wouldn't be Han if a comment like that did not come along.
2) The Death Gang
We had not seen Han Solo as an actual smuggler in quite some time when this movie opened, but we get a glimpse of that version of his character again as different gangs show up to settle Han’s debts. I love his comments about being to talk his way out of everything and Chewbacca clearly disagreeing with that synopsis. I also appreciate the gangs’ recollections of just how many times Han has failed to deliver. This whole sequence is basically Han digging himself into a larger hole with every additional word, an iconic Han Solo trait.
Plus, Han delivers the infamous “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” during this scene. Anytime Han utters those words is a noteworthy moment.
3) Arriving at Takodana
Part of the beauty of Solo’s character is that underneath all the cynicism and smooth talk is a guy with a heart. As Han delivers Rey and Finn to Maz Kanada, this part of him is completely evident. I enjoy seeing his reaction to Rey’s comment about never seeing so much green in all of the galaxy, and I appreciate his soft side showing through whenever he offers Rey a job in his curmudgeon fashion.
We also get Han giving advice to Finn in this scene, which is pretty priceless. Women do always figure out the truth; Han is right.
4) Arrival on Starkiller Base
Han piloting the Millennium Falcon in the haphazard way that only he can helps make this particular scene stand out. I mean, only Han Solo would think it was a good idea to fly onto that base in light speed and hope they survive when they come out. Also, the humorous moments between Finn and Han are part of what makes The Force Awakens so enjoyable, and their arrival on Starkiller Base is just one of those moments. When Finn admits that he worked sanitation on the base and doesn’t know how to disable the shields, Han looks murderous. Also, he schools Finn in just how the Force does and does not work, which happens to be one of my favorite pieces of dialogue in the whole movie.
So, what do you consider to be Han’s best moments or pieces of dialogue? Who is your favorite character in this installment of the saga?
Be sure to share them in the comments below, and be on the lookout next Friday as we switch gears and post a non spoiler review of Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.