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Now that you've seen Solo one, two, maybe even three times it's time to round up your thoughts and determine which scene in the film was your favorite. What made it stand out from the rest of the film? Did the scene include one of your favorite characters? How did the action or drama resonate with you? These are just a few prompts to help you get started.
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There are several scenes in Solo that I consider favorites. I thought that after seeing the movie four times that I'd be able to narrow it down to just one but alas, I found it too difficult. So I decided to pick the first moment in the film that was my favorite which would be when Han and Chewbacca met in the most unexpected way on the planet Mimban.
As soon as Mimban Stormtroopers mentioned feeding Han Solo to the "beast" after he continued to pester Beckett about joining his crew I just knew that they were referring to Chewbacca. If you saw my Solo themed Smuggler's Bounty unboxing video than you know there was a Han and Chewbacca Funko Pop two pack where they are both clearly muddy and chained together. The only thing that surprised me was that according to the Troopers, Han was apparently on the menu...
I squealed upon hearing a familiar growl after Han was tossed into the cell where Chewbacca was being held as a prisoner of the Empire. But that excitement suddenly turned into concern when I wondered if Chewie really ate and digested humans. Thanks to The Official Guide I learned that he typically eats food scraps though they were often used to taunt him. Indeed, this book made Chewbacca's circumstances all the more saddening. Wookiee hugs are necessary!
Whether Chewbacca was planning to eat Han out of starvation or kill him for whatever reason, things started off rather rocky between them. Of course Han was going to put up a fight! I loved that their relationship begun with them fighting each other much like two young boys on a school yard. It often happens that they end up becoming buddies which is obviously what transpired with this unique duo. Neither Chewie or Han held back which was both amusing and concerning especially when things started getting ugly. Han takes a bite out of Chewie's shoulder (ouch!) and Chewie almost suffocates Han as he uses his giant paws to press him downward into the thick mud that covers the entire perimeter of the cell. Han comes up with the clever idea of speaking Shyriiwook to get his attention. What a hysterical moment! Chewbacca is caught off guard and listens to Han's clever escape plan. Han had noticed that there was a loose support which props up the roof to the cell they're trapped in. Han knows the Troopers are watching the show so he convinces Chewie to act like he's hurting him when really Chewie is hitting the support to cause more damage that would eventually collapse it allowing them to escape. It works but only after Chewbacca tackles Han into the pillar to finally snap it in half. Talk about roughhousing!
Some fans questioned the fact that Han knew a bit of Skyriiwook considering we never hear him speak it in the other films. I, however, don't have a problem with it. Chewbacca can already understand Han so there's no reason for him to use the language. I believe he did it because he was in a desperate moment and needed to catch Chewbacca off guard by speaking his native language. It definitely surprised him enough to let up from killing Han!
I love this scene because of the shock value. I never would have imagined these two going up against each other in the way that they did. The more I watch it the more I appreciate what it brings to their relationship. They can get through anything together no matter how different they are and even if they don't see eye to eye on everything. We see this play out as the film progresses with moments of trust, compromise, understanding and sacrifice. Needless to say, they have a relationship built on a solid foundation. I can't wait until the movie is on Blu-Ray so we can get some proper screen caps of this scene!
Tell me, what was your favorite scene from Solo? Write a post or discuss it on your podcast and if you don't have time for that, leave a comment below and tell me about it!