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It was entertaining, but it didn't feel like Star Wars.
The last Star Wars movie of this type was well shot, had great fight scenes, and a lot of fan service. It also added little to the Star Wars narrative beyond fan service, simply reinforcing things the firs Star Wars movie already made clear, rather than giving them extra depth of any meaning.
Solo adds the most useful information to Star Wars any film since the first one ever has by contrast. It's the most visceral, comprehensive case for why the Galactic Empire must be destroyed, and it shows this despite the Imperial forces themselves being tertiary antagonists. It's a brilliant counterpart to "A New Hope" in that regard.
While it does an excellent job of showing why The Empire is horrible and must be destroyed however, the film is otherwise by the numbers and fairly unremarkable. Where Rogue One only succeeded in clarifying some continuity and lore questions it did have great action. While story told is much more meaningful, the action and "Legends" nods are more lacking here. And while it doesn't go with the Foregone Conclusion, it does end with a Shocking Swerve comparable to WCW's infamous Black Scorpion angle.
I have heard that loads of people are going to not watch Solo because they no longer trust Disney with the franchise after the terrible Last Jedi. Which is a shame, because this film is genuinely good.
The film ultimately works because, unlike Rogue One, Solo just says "yeah, let's just have fun." The result is a film that is an absolute blast to watch and littered with so many references that not even the most avid Star Wars fan will be able to pick up all of them in one watch (at least, Fandom didn't notice the refurence to Felucia, so assumed they didn't).
However, it is bogged down a bit by the de-noodlising. They started with the Kessel Run and the legendary game of Sabacc and just ran with it from there. Heck, do we really need an explanation for why Han refers to the Falcon as she?
(Although, admitedly, L3 is the best part of the film, so I can let that part go).
Also, Dryden Vos never really meets his full potential. He's always too far away from the plot to come across as the villain...except when the heroes fight him directly. And kill him. However, the set up for that one character kinda made up for it, even if that character is a little overused by this point.
Overall, Solo lacks the interesting characters of Rogue One and is bogged down by denoodleisation (and I want to use that word more), but at the end of the day it's just a standard action flick. And as an action flick, it's an absolute blast.
If you showed Solo to someone that's never seen or heard of a single piece of Star Wars media in their life (...somehow), they'd probably enjoy the film more than someone who does know the franchise intimately.
This isn't like TLJ, where the issue is complaints about continuity. Rather, it's how the film always seems to feel stronger when it's not trying to tie things into the other films. Star Wars' style of filmmaking, where the world is presented as it is and random galactic details don't need exposition about them, it's still here and it wouldn't leave people behind...
...but those moments when it does bring up something from the Franchise, like OMG HAN GOT HIS BLASTER or OMG KESSEL RUN IN UNDER 12 PARSECS, they land very flat and are clearly cloying... made worse with a lot of stuff in the finale that go out of their way to Remind You Of The Thing.
Also, enough with the damn dice. They worked in TLJ to symbolize Han's loss, but no one cares about the goddamn dice >_<.
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