Lucasfilm’s latest project, SOLO: a Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25th, and many parents are trying to figure out if this film will be appropriate for their children. I had the opportunity to see the film during the world premiere, and think about how this storyline, length of film, and message would sit with kids of all ages. Below is my SOLO: A Star Wars Story review, from a parent’s honest opinion.
SOLO Is A Fun Film
Here’s the good news: SOLO: A Star Wars Story is a fun film to watch, and most of your family members will really enjoy it. It has a classic western, action-filled vibe to it, so there aren’t many lulls within the film. The comedic side of it will have everyone chuckling, and there are plenty of fun scenes with the Millennium Falcon, and everyone’s favorite Wookiee, Chewbacca. There are also some pretty awesome scenes that involve everyone’s favorite smuggler, Lando Calrissian. Be prepared to love him even more after viewing this film.
Explosions and Gun-Slinging
As mentioned before, SOLO: A Star Wars Story has a Wild West vibe to it, which means explosions, outlaws and gun-slinging. There are a few intense shoot-em-up scenes within the movie, and an explosion or three. If you have small children that don’t fair well with loud noises, be sure to bring noise-cancelling headphones with you. The filmmakers did a great job of letting us know when an explosion is about to happen.
Star Wars Films Are Always Long
Here’s the thing: the 2 and a half hour time frame of SOLO: A Star Wars Story isn’t a estimate. Yes, you will want to watch the whole film. Yes, you will sit in the theater for that long of a time. Plus, you may have to watch 20 to 30 minutes of trailers, as well. Please keep this in mind when taking your children to see it. I anticipate our 3 year old wanting to walk around mid-movie, so we are planning accordingly for that. My hope is seeing lots of Chewie on the big screen will keep him entertained as much as possible.
We are a Star Wars loving family, so there pretty much isn’t anything that would keep us from seeing a Star Wars film, multiple times, in theaters. There weren’t any scenes that I would deem completely inappropriate for young eyes. There was one kissing scene, but it was very brief. If you’ve let your kids watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens and even Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, you should have no problems while viewing this film with them.
Is SOLO: A Star Wars Story For Young Kids?
This is the big question I’ve been asked since viewing the film. As a mom of a 3 year old, 7 year old and 12 year old, I have no issue taking all 3 of my children to see this film. The storyline, plot twists, action scenes, comedic interactions, and overall enjoyment of the film will keep all three of my kids entertained.
I hope you found this SOLO: A Star Wars Story review helpful, as you decide if you will take your children to see the film. If you have any additional questions about the film, feel free to ask below, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOLO: A Star Wars Story hits theaters everywhere on May 25th!