Well-made, fun, but ultimately forgettable. It’s complete fan service so it depends on how much of a fan you are. I think it’s pretty hard to make a Star Wars film now that would be really memorable and would have a lot of re-watchability factor, save for a mood where this is just the kind of thing one needs. I thought Force Awakens was re-watchable, Rogue One and Last Jedi however, not so much.

The relationship between Han and Lando is actually well set-up and believable, for what it eventually becomes in Empire. One really gets the impression that they wouldn’t have seen or heard from each other at all between the time span in both films and their interaction when they meet up again on Bespin feels completely real.

Apparently, Donald Glover is a very well-known actor, but this is the only thing I remember seeing him in. I asked someone why he was famous and the answer was not convincing. I just missed the memo again. He does a really good job of keeping Billy Dee Williams’ speech and movement patterns as part of his performance, without it turning into a simple imitation. Unlike Alden Ehrenreich who makes the role his own, seemingly not trying too much to be like Harrison Ford. This is probably a good idea; the guy has charisma and is likable.

Emilia Clarke is very well-known but I haven’t seen her in anything in which she stood out, including this. Paul Bettany and Thandie Newton give the most memorable performances as far as I’m concerned, bringing something to characters that wouldn’t have been there with lesser actors.

The humor is much better-dosed than it was in Last Jedi, where I found it was often forced and intrusive. Once again, they have a comic-relief droid, L3-37, which was surprisingly engaging and a very well-written character.

I like the nod to the ”Han shot first” incident. Well-played.

There are also some things and characters that are set up to be further explored in future instalments that would have to be resolved before the events of the original trilogy. So if we never get some kind of sequel that would leave a dent in the series’ continuity.

I think it’s a bit unfortunate that it’s ultimately not bringing in the crowds all that much in the theatres, as it’s a perfectly well-constructed piece of mainstream entertainment that succeeds in doing exactly what it was meant to, and has good character moments.

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