So I finally saw this a few days ago, and I have a few notes.
First of all, some trends I've noticed in the new Disney Star Wars movies.
You can't ever see anything. Especially early in the movie. It'll always either be really dark or dusty, or something will happen to limit your vision to the center of the screen, and focus on two or three characters.
The droid and alien characters are always more likable than the human ones. When watching Solo, I found l3-37 and the four armed pilot character way more interesting than anyone else in the movie. Its the robots that have more personality than the people.
They always kill off the interesting ones. They're not the only ones that die, but if you see a new character in the film, and they seem interesting or have an in depth personality, they're gonna die.
As for the movie itself, it was alright. There were more than a few moments I really liked, though there are two flaws I have with it.
The entire plot of the movie is based off of a one off line from the first movie. This isn't a huge problem for me. Its just something that bugged me more than anything.
But the major problem I have with the film, is the primary female character. I found her boring and predictable throughout the entire film. The first time I saw her, my intimidate thought was
"Oh hey. You look like a brand new character never seen anywhere else in the story, and you're also super emotionally important to the main character, plus you're in a prequel. How long until you die?"
Everything she did was bland and predictable. Every bit of conflict in the film that had to do with her I saw coming from a mile away. The only thing that surprised me with her is that she survived.
And as for positives, aside from the two characters I mentioned, the only thing that specifically comes to mind is that one shot in the space cloud tunnel thing, and then there's a lightning strike and it reveals the star destroyer. I love that part.
All things considered, I liked it, though if it weren't for the two interesting characters in the film, I probably wouldn't have been able stretch my attention enough to watch the whole thing.