Solo: A Star Wars Story is finally in theaters, and if you haven't already seen the film, chances are you'll be making your way to the cinema at some point over the long weekend to get a taste of the early career of Han Solo. With that in mind, one of the film's writers has some words for you.
Jonathan Kasdan, son of the legendary The Empire Strikes Back and The Force Awakens writer Lawrence Kasdan, who co-wrote the film with his father (as they discussed in their SYFY WIRE interview), took to Twitter late Thursday night, as fans were just beginning to experience the movie, to share some thoughts. Kasdan first expressed his gratitude to fans who were heading out to support Solo this weekend, then offered up what he dubbed an "intro" to the movie in the form of a page-long essay. It doesn't give away any of the film's plot, or attempt to set the stage for where Han is in his life when the film begins. It's more about setting a tone, and the feelings the Kasdans were attempting to evoke when they wrote the movie.
"I was too young to experience Star Wars in a movie theater, yet I YEARNED for it. I yearned for the event, for the standing in line, the anticipation and the conversation that followed: 'Wasn't it cool when...' 'How 'bout that scene with...' I'd find that excitement with other movies: Burton's Batman, The Matrix, The Fellowship of the Ring, but I knew, in my heart, none of those experiences were quite like Star Wars, and I'D MISSED IT."
Kasdan goes on to speak about the feeling that you're nostalgic for something you never actually experienced, like going to an old movie palace in the Midwest decades ago to eat popcorn and take in an adventure-filled matinee. He posits that people make films like the continued Star Wars saga to recapture that feeling, even if they never experienced it firsthand, and he hopes that Solo will evoke that same sense of childhood popcorn movie wonder.
Even if your first experience with Star Wars was, as it was for so many of us, sitting on your living room floor and watching the movies on VHS in the years after the original trilogy but before the Special Editions and the prequels, you understand the feeling Kasdan is talking about here. There is something, even today, about hearing the roar of the Millennium Falcon's engine or the ignition of a lightsaber that creates something instantly magical. Over this long weekend, fans will get to decide for themselves if Kasdan and company created their own magic with Solo, but for Jon Kasdan's part, he at least wants you to know that he understands that feeling, and did his best to take you there.
Solo: A Star Wars Story is in theaters now.