KJ Schultz’s review published on Letterboxd:
Solo gets a bad rap, and while some of its justified, it’s still a fun time with some great moments.
Alden Ehrenreich still captures what a young Han Solo would be like pretty admirably. His characteristics, arrogance, and banter between Lando and Chewie feels natural. The supporting cast in Woody Harrelson, Donald Glover, and Emilia Clarke all show up and deliver for what they’re given to work with. Packed away behind the reshoots, the nonexistent risks taken, and a different duo at the helm, there’s a more promising film here.
Unfortunately, Disney treated Solo like a giant checklist of things we didn’t need to see, glossed up in a boring color palette. Han meets Chewie, Han gets his blaster, Han meets Lando, Han drives the Falcon, kessel run, check, check, check.
Harrison Ford molded Han into this lovable character with this mystery about him. There was something more about this smuggler. We didn’t need to see how he did this or got that. The mystery is what makes him such a badass. Sure, there’s more to it than that, but seeing these things that your imagination has ran rampant with for YEARS is served in the most boring and average of ways, killing so much of that beloved aspect his character held. It by no means ruins the franchise or his character, but you’d think they handle it with a little better care.
Overall, Ron Howard delivers a serviceable, yet routine Star Wars film. Finally, I still cannot believe an Empire security guard at the check-in table of some shit recruitment table gives Han his last name. No one, and I mean no one at Disney said anything about this?! Unreal!