I was initially worried for the outcome of this movie considering it changed directors in the middle of production. But Solo: A Star Wars Story was surprisingly decent, and it isn't a total waste of your time.
Solo: A Star Wars story takes place before the events of A New Hope. It explores the early space adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, with emphasis on a high stakes heist with the young Lando Calrissian. Han's journey begins with him escaping the shipbuilding world of Corellia where orphans are forced to steal in order to survive. Due to unfortunate circumstances, he fails to get away with his love, Qi'ra, as she is captured by the guards before she can board. It then becomes a mission for Han to earn enough money in the galaxy and return to the planet someday to save her.
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While it functions as a standalone movie, Solo has many references to the Star Wars saga. It answers questions regarding Han Solo's background, including how he met Chewbacca, how he obtained the Millennium Falcon, and even how he acquired the name "Solo". It functions in the same way Rogue One does wherein if you want to learn extra information about the main Star Wars storyline, this is one of the films to watch.
Unlike the direction The Last Jedi had taken, Solo played it way too safe. It is a space cowboy adventure at its heart and nothing more. No big revelations, no questionable narrative direction; just pure space action. Nevertheless, it is still an entertaining ride, assuming you left your expectations outside the theater.
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I initially had doubts about Alden Ehrenreich's version of Solo but he grew on me as the movie progressed. Considering he had tough shoes to fill, he did a pretty good job of bringing his own spin to the character without deviating too much. The performances of the two other familiar characters, Chewbacca and Lando, are very much in sync with their original portrayals. Donald Glover in particular effortlessly nailed that cool persona Lando is known for. Among the new faces, Woody Harrelson's character is the standout. Tobias Beckett served as a sort of mentor to Solo, and so the movie shows how much of him Han Solo tried to emulate in the later films.
Again, there's nothing flashy about Solo: A Star Wars Story. It is a decent, light-hearted addition to the franchise. Therefore, it isn't a must-see. It's more of a good film you can watch at home when you have nothing else to do.