I was planning on seeing Solo as a Saturday matinee with my family, but I kept seeing YouTube spoiler videos popping up in my feed, so at the last minute, I asked my wife if she wanted to go to a late screening that evening (Friday) and she agreed, so off we went.
I was afraid we were going to get terrible seats as all screenings of The Last Jedi were packed full, but to our surprise the theater was nearly empty. We purchased our tickets and were on our way into the theater when we saw the 501st. For those who don’t know, and I am far from an expert, the 501st are a Star Wars costume organization that dresses up as Star Wars characters and appears for celebrations, openings, parades and charity events. They were taking photos so I couldn’t resist staring.
They all looked so good. I began to grow a crush on Mara Jade, and Darth Revan was eyeing me (They are married as I was later informed), but the costumes looked so great, I was simply awestruck. Their spotter asked if I wanted to get a photo with them, and I quickly passed them my phone, grabbed my girl and slid into place.
I have always wanted to get involved with the 501st, but with all of the other hobbies I have, I am hesitant as the costuming can be very expensive. If I ever did, I think I would want to be an Imperial Guard like from the comic Crimson Empire, and Darth Vader. All in all, it was a fantastic primer for Solo A Star Wars Story.
The movie was amazing, you can see my initial reaction here.
The next morning, I went back with my family for the matinee screening. The theater was empty again, even missing the 501st. I saw the Solo cutout and couldn’t resist taking another photo, just kicking it with Han.
This second viewing of the film was better than the first as I could focus on all of the Easter Eggs hidden in the film, and I was just blown away at how much fan service was in this truly fun film.
I don’t know why the audience didn’t turn out for this film, and if I am honest, I don’t care. It meant I got great seats, a personal experience, and I loved it.