Took my wife and kids to see Solo the other night and overall they liked it and were very entertained. My wife even enjoyed it and she is not a SciFi/Fantasy fan at all. We all agreed the actor who played Han did a good job and made the role his own enough that we weren’t always trying to compare him to Harrison Ford’s Han.
I’ll be honest, I was relieved that I could still enjoy a new SW film after my extreme disappointment with TLJ. I came to the realization awhile ago that the SW franchise will never meet my full expectations. I was spoiled by all the great films of my youth (The OT, Raiders of the Lost Ark, ET, Back to the Future, etc). I was fortunate to see them at a time I was most impressionable.
The fact of the matter is my expectations for these new films are lower these days and I’m no longer 10 years old. I never go to the theater anymore except to see the new SW films. Sure I can fight it and make a stand about how everything is garbage these days, or I can take my kids to a movie now and then like my folks did when I was young and enjoy it together. I had a blast on the drive home discussing the parts we did and didn’t like and trying to figure out the meaning of certain scenes. Solo is an entertaining and fun ride. It has a few elements that bring me back to the original films I so love, but was different enough to keep me guessing.
At this point, I am not expecting any amazing revelations that I can buy into in this new SW Universe. My passion for Star Wars lies in the OT and always will. I still have the ability to compartmentalize elements (or entire films in at least one or two cases) if I don't like something. I prefer that many of the questions out there remain unanswered as it ads to the mystique of the SW Universe. That being said, I have enjoyed 3 of the 4 new films for what they are.