Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★½

Imperfect but enjoyable return to the pulpy space opera roots of the first two Star Wars films, with a game cast, interesting John Powell score, and twisty heist plot making it a nice palette cleanser after the storytelling disaster that made up about half of The Last Jedi. Great use of Chewbacca and Lando, and despite all the widely reported on-set turmoil, Alden Ehrenreich makes the role his own without trying to copycat Harrison Ford. (On the other hand, Woody Harrelson can do roles like this in his sleep, and I can't even figure out why Thandie Newton's on the poster given her role in the film.) Pretty much the opposite of an auteur film in every way, but I have a feeling time will be pretty kind to this one after the dust clears.