Gibran Meza’s review published on Letterboxd:
And the winner for the most intense build ups with disappointing pay offs goes to...
First of all, let's get this out of the way: This film is not the disaster everyone is building it up to be. It's fine, it's not the worst movie you'll see this year. But, as I keep writing this, I have a hard time defending its existence.
I don't know 'bout you guys/girls, but I don't think I ever heard a Star Wars fan wanting to know more about the events depicted in Solo (2018). I don't think there was a heated discussion about the way Han was able to do the Kessell Run in 12 parsecs.
So why does this movie exist, then? (Aside from... You know, money).
I don't really know. And I don't think I care, but I'm not at all satisfied with what I saw. It has its moments, for sure... But everytime I was getting into it, something took me out of it in a bad way, be it that awful intergalactic party (seriously tho, what's with Star Wars and parties? They're dull in real life and they're not getting any better by adding CGI characters), the obvious foreshadowing or that... Ugh.. SJW Robot? Seriously, Disney?!
Such a shame really, cuz there are some really cool concepts introduced in this film that could work as a standalone product. Why don't you make like a real war movie? With infantry instead of ships, like that scene when Han joined the army. That scene was awesome! Or how about a horror movie set in this world? You have an endless universe of possibilities, Disney! You can afford some experimentation here and there, so why don't you? It can't be any worse than this...
How much time until the special edition of Solo (2018) comes out and they edit it that scene in a way to make it seem like Beckett shoots first?