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dadgumblah’s review published on Letterboxd:
This review may contain spoilers.
Well, I held out for a long time on this one because of what happened in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." I figured since I already knew something that happens in that film, why go back? I already know a certain outcome so would this movie even engage me? What do you know, it did! I wonder if my trepidation was in the minds of millions of fans who didn't go see this film, resulting in the cessation of individual Star Wars "Stories" for a while at least? It shouldn't have been, in hindsight. This turned out to be a pretty darn good movie.
I thought that the guy they picked to play a young Han (Alden Ehrenreich) didn't look anything like Harrison Ford, and he doesn't that much but once the story gets up and running, I kinda forget and got involved in the movie, with Alden doing a pretty good job. And he at least sounds a bit like Harrison Ford. The only drawback for me was at the end of the movie where you know Han and Chewie are going to Tatooine to sign up to smuggle for Jabba the Hut and this Han looks nothing like "A New Hope's" Han. So there's that bit of disconnect.
But the main action story here is fun, where we see how Han started out, how he got his moves, how he met Chewie, Lando, and first flew the Millennium Falcon, doing the Kessel Run, and all kinds of callbacks to the movies that started in 1977.
We also get to see the "in-between" stuff, like Lando's original robot co-pilot, Han's first love who looms large in this movie in the person of Emilia Clarke (who does a fine job here and looks smashing!), Han's association with a major smuggler named Beckett (Woody Harrelson)---just lots and lots of fill-in-the-blanks that maybe didn't need filling, but it was fun to see it happen anyway.
I don't know if there was a plan to make any more "Solo" stories, but they would have clashed with the original trilogy, I feel. If you haven't see it and have doubts, you might give it a try. It's very enjoyable.