Burrows’s review published on Letterboxd:
Not too much to say about this rewatch critically except its colors seem surprisingly dull. The opening sequence has the gray drabness if a foggy London morning. Similarly, later sequences seem devoid of color contrast and have a blue or beige filter atop the lens depending on the planet the characters are on.
What is interesting about SOLO is how it will shape upcoming box office releases. A shocking North American and worldwide box office dud. If you had said at any point in history that an ANT-MAN sequel would out-earn a Han Solo movie, I would have scoffed. Yet, in about two weeks, ANT-MAN will pass SOLO in domestic earnings and already has abroad!
What’s up with that? A couple theories:
I wonder if audiences are growing basically tired of blockbuster sequels—especially from Disney. But SOLO came after Marvel & Star Wars megafilms (LAST JEDI, BLACK PANTHER, AVENGERS, and DEADPOOL 2). An exhaustion of must-see film universes might have been at play—especially since SOLO didn’t seem as connected to its central universe.
Also, who was this Ehrenreich guy? I wonder if the box office allure of SOLO was impacted by an unknown Baby-Driver-type dude taking on such an iconic character. Would there be much interest in a film with Rhett Butler with someone other than Gable playing him? I remember HANNIBAL RISING bombing too.
Anyway, I think that it will be curious what happens with both the Marvel and Star Wars universes (and their box offices) in the coming years because I expect these two cash cows will see financial challenges unlike what Disney has dealt with in the past four years.