Solo: A Star Wars Story is a good stab at a Han Solo origin tale and covers just about everything you would expect. In fact, it feels like the writers read through the Han Solo encyclopedia and thought they should just join up all the dots. There is no denying that it’s interesting to see how Han meets Chewie as well as the Falcon, Lando, etc., but perhaps that in itself is the films flaw, i.e. If you find out everything, what do you have left to speculate about?
Alden Ehrenreich is good (but not amazing) as Han with a suitable cheeky grin but Joonas Suotamo as Chewie and Donald Glover as Lando really nail it. Everyone else does an adequate job without adding that much, although there was an intriguing reveal of an unexpected baddie.
Action scenes are good if a bit underwhelming, the soundtrack is good and you do at least get a suitable amount of double-crossing to keep you guessing until the end.
Verdict: A good but slightly underwhelming addition to the Star Wars Universe. Hopefully, when we finally get Obi-wan and Boba Fett’s tales, Disney will be prepared to take more risks.