I am scratching my head as to why the Solo movie got bad reviews. Besides being entertaining and informative about Han Solo, a character from the Star Wars movies, it provided incredible insights for those paying attention. It was also full of adventure and fun! I already shared how Han came from nothing to make something of himself…to be a hero. As I watched the movie again, I was struck by something else…a pervasive theme throughout the entire story.
You’ve had plenty of time to see the movie, so here goes. If I spoil something for you, I’m sorry.
Han is so poor that he doesn’t even have a last name. He’s a slave—a piece of property. As he makes his escape, the security guard (equivalent to our Customs Agents) asks him “Who are your people?” in order to get his last name. He replies, “I don’t have any people.” The guard ponders for a moment and then writes on the ticket, “Solo.” Our hero’s name is born and gives a young man some purpose: to make a name for himself now that he has one.
During his escape, he loses the love of his life (I’m not telling you how or providing any details) and vows to find her in the galaxy one day. Our hero now has a purpose!
During his quest, things go from bad to worse, and Han Solo finds himself in prison with a monster. Down in the pit of hell lurks a hungry beast ready to tear his limbs off. Behold Chewbacca the Wookie! Han convinces Chewy that together they can escape…and they do…and now a true friendship is formed.
Everything Happens for a Reason
The theme you ask? Everything happens for a reason. Without escaping, he would have never gotten his identity. Even though that cost him his love, he gained perseverance and tenacity. When all seemed completely lost and death certain, he made a life-long friend and companion who would go to the ends of the galaxy with and for him.
When we are in the middle of good times, we don’t question why. We just sit back and enjoy ourselves. When times are tough, however, we ask all sorts of questions! I’m learning myself to trust in the truth that all things—yes, all things—happen for a reason. If our attitudes are ones of great anticipation regardless of the situation, I believe we will find ourselves on the upside more often than not.
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