Piping hot Snood takes coming thru re: Solo:
I thought it was fine. Given the production buzz, I was expecting a lot worse. But it wasn't a 10/10 for me by any stretch.
A prequel about a beloved character is going to hinge almost entirely on casting. The usual stakes (character survival, etc) are taken out of play. So we're left with hoping a new actor can recreate a ton of magic. Alden Ehrenreich did not. Would I have thought differently about his performance had I not known it was such a source of consternation on set? Possibly. And he was better than I expected, given all that. But he just didn't totally deliver as a young Han. To be fair, capturing Ford's roguish charm was always going to be a tall order, but Ehrenreich missed as often than he hit.
The writing was good, imo. There were a several jokes--especially Han jokes--that I think would've played better in the hands of a better young Han.
Donald Glover was...fine. Yeah, I said it. I wasn't really blown away. He DID sound exactly like Billy Dee, which was impressive. Maybe he just didn't have enough to do.
Set pieces were good. Action was good. After an uneven start, the pacing was good. (I thought the movie found its legs during the train scene).
Kudos to the writers for the twists and turns. Did a good job of keeping the stakes up.
Some of L3-37's comedy didn't play as well because a struggle for equal rights is sort of inherently not funny. I know, I know, they're droids, lighten up. But Star Wards droids are so anthropomorphized, it's hard not to see them as real characters. So chuckling at the absurd notion she shouldn't care about droid rights felt off to me. I AM A SNOWFLAKE. The stuff about Lando wanting her was funny though.
Despite my somewhat neutral reaction, I'd be down for a sequel.
I would like to see Han confront Qu'ira (sp?) now that she's gone full heel. Not sure if it could be jammed into Han's timeline? Probably could. The Darth Maul thing was fun.
Come at me.