Solo is back! This time in a somewhat more youthful form; played by Alden Ehrenreich instead of Ford. There's Qira too (whom I've previously only been acquainted with the alias of) and a few other familiar faces. Mostly unfamiliar ones. It's the story of how he meets Chewbacca, gets the Millennium Falcon, and the somewhat tragic love story of him and Qi'ra.
I like how it all ties into the 'real' story. I like how it introduces Han. I like some of the characters too - particularly Enfys Nest and the pirates. Props Erin Kellyman, Emilia Clarke and of course Woody Harrelson on great performances, and hey there's actually someone playing Chewbacca too! Joonas Suotamo, if you didn't know (he's been Chewie for the last three movies at least). I also like the action, most of all.
What I'm not equally fond of are the Transformer-like sound effects, which IMO don't suit the Star Wars franchise. Then again I also don't like the soundtrack, which I feel is more Star Wars than whatever-fits-the-mood. Basically I don't like how they're trying to modernize certain elements, yet keep others for relatability, rather than improve all that can be improved - new or old, or keep it consistent and old. In this regard Star Trek had a much more consistent/balanced/thought-out reboot.
This is turning into... something else, and yet it's still catchy as ever. From start to finish I love it, and the plotline does feel more consistent than the eighth episode too. Overall: great movie. The fury, the fight, the Han: he's the man. And don't you be blue! Chewie too.
rated 4/5: fo shizzle