Solo: A Star Wars Story ★★★

I probably said this when it came out too, and I'm sure it's been said a million times by others, but this could be such a great stand-alone movie in the Star Wars universe if they'd just drop the bullshit callbacks (or callforwards?). That line where Han tells Chewie he's "not going to say [Chewbacca] every time" makes me cringe so hard that just thinking about it makes me not want to watch the movie. It's literally 3 letters and 1 syllable longer than this nickname you've created, if the fact that nobody talks like that or would ever say something like that isn't reason enough. Is it not easy to see why a dumb line like that is so infinitely worse than developing Han and Lando's rivalry, which is technically a callforward but is actually enjoyable because it's character development and more than just fan service? Who is that line for? What purpose does it serve? Is a single line ruining a movie for me? MAYBE

The thing is, there's so much great going on here. Enfys Nest, her group the Cloud Riders, and their musical theme taken collectively are some of the coolest shit in the entire Star Wars cinematic universe. There's more rebellion/revolution theming here than in anything but probably A New Hope or Empire Strikes Back—Qi'ra alone is a more multilayered and complex rebel than we usually get to see in the saga, and I know she's not everyone's cup of tea but I love L3-37. The cinematography is so much more interesting and creative than we usually get to see from blockbusters like this (even if it caused some projection errors in theaters). The movie is breaking molds left and right. Just please stop making Star Wars movies that have to point and wink and nod a million times at the previous movies. We get it. It's not fun anymore