7. Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)
Let's talk about Solo: A Star Wars Story. Why does this movie find itself lounging at number 7 in the grand lineup of Star Wars epics? Well, it's like that scrappy underdog in a schoolyard brawl - not the top dog, but definitely not the one to count out. In my opinion, the utter bad timing in its release has more of a blam than anything else I'll mention here.
Solo is, obviously, about Han Solo, the galaxy's cheekiest smuggler - his own origin movie, which had us pretty excited as we tried to come up with ideas regarding what we'd see in this promising movie. While Solo brings the popcorn-worthy escapades, it doesn't quite hit that legendary status, partly because it feels like a side quest in the grand Star Wars adventure - thrilling, yes, but not the main event. Also, some of the characters were... interesting. Not always the good kind of interesting, with some promising their parts to be significant but totally fooling us instead. And there was also the romance between a human and a droid. Again, pretty interesting.
But Solo isn't just hanging out in the middle because it forgot to turn up the heat. It's here because even though it wasn't as well-received as it should have been, it's got charm and wit sprinkled with a dash of nostalgia. It's like finding an old toy in the attic - it brings a smile to your face and warms your heart, but it doesn't outshine the shiny new gadgets.
The movie gives us a ride through Han's early days, throwing in heists, chases, and that iconic run with the Millennium Falcon. But amidst the galaxy's vast epic tales, Solo feels like a cozy side adventure - the kind you love to stumble upon but don't necessarily tell tales about. It's the space cowboy's youthful jaunt, full of fun and mischief, securing its spot with a roguish wink rather than a dramatic saber swing.