We must admit that our personal expectations for the quality of the Solo movie on this website were not very high at all.
Initially, we weren't even sure anyone really wanted a Han Solo prequel film, and then when Miller and Lord were fired as directors we couldn't help but feel the movie was going to be a bit of a disaster in terms of quality, even if it was written by the legendary Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jonathan.
The exciting news of Academy Awarding-winning director Ron Howard being sent in to sort out the mess did offer us an, er… new hope. Get it? Howard had, of course, previously directed the likes of 2002's A Beautiful Mind, 2006's The Da Vinci Code, 2009's Frost/Nixon, and 2013's Rush.
Here's everything we could spot that you may have missed in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
- Did you see the dice in Han's land speeder? They are the ones that make it onto the Falcon. They become a minor plot point in The Last Jedi and can be seen in a deleted scene of The Force Awakens.
- When Lando Calrissian and Tobias Beckett talk about how Beckett killed Aurra Sing, they are making a reference to the character that can be briefly glimpsed in The Phantom Menace.
- The escape pod used to “feed” the giant space Octopus was first seen in The Last Jedi when Rey used it.
- When Lando muses that “mining colonies are the worst” it's a joke to the audience about where Lando ends up as the Administrator of one in The Empire Strikes Back.
- Dydren Voss' office has some Mandalorian armor and, more importantly, a few artifacts that may have been seen in the Indiana Jones movies.
- The guy that L3-37 harangues when the droids are doing a cage fight? That's Ron Howard's brother, Clint Howard doing a cameo.
- This is the first Star Wars movie where R2-D2 and C-3PO do not show up. Anthony Daniels does however do a cameo in the Spice Mines scenes, playing Sagwa, one of the Wookies that Chewie saves.
There are, of course, also some less-than-subtle tidbits that are also very cool. Here are a few of them.
- Darth Maul turns up, with Ray Park reprising his role from The Phantom Menace, with Sam Witwer providing the voice, reprising the role from The Clone Wars and Rebels animated TV series (replacing Peter Serafinowicz from The Phantom Menace).
- Han Solo shoots Beckett first. There's no debating it this time.
- Chewbacca rips the arms off a dude, a full 40 years after it's first mentioned he can do this in A New Hope.
If you noticed anything else of note in Solo: A Star Wars Story, well done!