I wish I could say I was blown away by Solo, but after Infinity War, Black Panther, and The Last Jedi… I wasn’t.
Don’t get me wrong, this was a solid movie and a hell of a lot of fun. Getting to see Han in his younger days, seeing him get off of Correlia, rescue Chewie, and meet Lando and get the Falcon? Wonderful. Add in a little bit of early rebellion, The Crimson Dawn (spin off of the Black Sun?), and the Kessel Run? Delightful.
What it never really managed to do for me was make me curious. We know he’s going to make it, get the falcon, lose the girl, and best Lando, etc., so there wasn’t a whole lot of suspense. It was more like revisiting a movie I hadn’t seen in a long time. It felt familiar, comfortable, and in some ways more like a Traveller adventure than a Star Wars one. Not that that’s a bad thing per se, but a “may the force be with you” wouldn’t have been out of place.
Oh, and speaking of Lando? Donald Glover totally nailed the part. I want a Lando movie. I also want to know more about L3-37 and how she came to be so… woke. Seeing Lando and her flirt was a lot of fun. I’m disappointed that she didn’t survive, but love how she was integrated into the Falcon.
As far as the “disappointing” opening weekend? Don’t believe it. I think this is a movie that’s got some legs. And with a few weeks before Incredibles 2, Jurassic World 2, and more than a month till Ant Man and Wasp, I think Solo is going to solidly bring people to the theater. It certainly doesn’t spell the end of Star Wars.
If there’s another Solo film, or better, a Lando film, I’ll be in the theater again, ready to blast off into a galaxy far far away.