Adrian’s review published on Letterboxd:
Lando Calrissian: 'I hate you.'
Han Solo: 'I know.'
I would never have thought that I would say this, but Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definition of a summer pleasure. At least, it is to me. I was pleasantly suprised by how much I liked every single one of the new characters, and I was even more suprised by how much I loved Alden Ehrenreich playing Han Solo. Of course, he is no Harrison Ford, and he never will be, but you could feel how much fun he had playing this infamous character. Other than that, the action and the visual style in this movie are simply amazing. Especially the train robbery in the first act was one of the most outstanding things I have seen in any Star Wars movie.
What I also really loved was the fact that every actor in this movie seemed to have so much fun doing what they are doing. Ehrenreich, as already mentioned was brilliant, Emilia Clarke was another pleasant surprise for me, and the chemistry between those two couldn't have been better. Also, Woody Harrelson was able to cut a good figure. My MVP, however, was Donald Glover. This guy was a fucking blast. I loved every minute with him being on the screen, and I feel like there has never been another Lando.
I can nevertheless see why many people have a problem with this movie. It feels a bit long at times, the story isn't really anything new, and of course, one could ask the question whether we really need to know where Han Solo comes from. I agree, I wouldn't have needed to know where Solo's origins are, but I simply had so much fun with this movie. Although it's no masterpiece, I enjoyed every single second of this western-space opera, and, in contrast to Rogue One and The Last Jedi, I can't wait to watch Solo again.