Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★½

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"During an early adventure into the criminal underworld, Han Solo meets his future co-pilot Chewbacca and encounters Lando Calrissian years before joining the Rebellion."

I don't get why so many people think this one's not that good; I had a blast with it!
I didn't get the chance to see this in theaters but recently checked it out on Netflix and I was pleasantly surprised it was such a fun movie. According to prior opinions from friends of mine, this was a lackluster spin-off; although it's not in the same ballpark as Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Solo still manages to entertain.
The movie is primarily set ten years before the start of Star Wars: Episode 4- A New Hope (1977) or simply the first Star Wars. It's a space western with elements of being a heist film and a sci-fi comedy. I appreciated how these elements all blended together well, all quite snug. The action sequences are thrilling, the CGI and practical special effects highly impressive, and the cameo inclusion/revelation of a Sith lord character long thought dead made me really happy. I also really enjoyed Alden Ehrenreich's take on the young Han Solo, a role for the longest time I could only imagine Harrison Ford portraying. I was disappointed we didn't see the character learn how to shoot quick, but it's still what I'd imagine a younger Han Solo to look and act like. Chewbacca and how his friendly relationship starts with Han was funny to see. I thought Emilia Clarke slayed as Qi'ra. Donald Glover does come off as a good representation for a younger Lando Calrissian. Lando's robot L3-37 was a laugh riot. And Woody Harrelson is all psychotic menacing charm in his mentorish role as smuggler Tobias Beckett.
But I must confess I found the villain this go-around, Dryden Vos (portrayed by Paul Bettany), well kind of dry and uninspired. He doesn't strike me as an intimidating gangster as he's meant to seem. Also, the storyline is really predictable despite being a load of fun. And I just wished we could have seen a young Boba Fett or Jabba The Hutt, for old times sake.
But Solo is still a lot of fun and worth watching, especially if you want a more lighthearted comedic Star Wars experience.

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