Sadly, I’m worried this film is going to do poorly at the box office but it is hands down the best Disney Star Wars film so far (no offense to the other offerings). This film sets the stage for sequels that I actually am interested in seeing. The Maul cameo has me extremely intrigued where that thread is going.
I thought the only really weak performance was by Clarke. After thinking they had no shot at believably replacing Ford, they managed to make it believable. Chewie was great. Glover was charming as Lando. I thought his passion for his Droid was really well done as well.
The plot was exactly what you’d expect from a Han Solo film, chaotic, borderline seeming completely off the rails only to nicely make sense at the end. Ron Howard did a fantastic of putting this film together in no time and Kasdan wrote the characters in a way that doesn’t damage established performances.
Can’t wait for a sequel. Hoping for maybe a trilogy where Han works for Jabba in the next film, dumps the shipment with a heavier Imperial presence in that one only to have the final film be about Boba Fett chasing him at the request of Jabba. Or not. I don’t care. I want more of this story, especially if Howard and Kasdan are at the helm!
8/10. May be best SW film since RotJ. Has something for every kind of Star Wars fans.