I've seen Solo: A Star Wars Story twice now, and I can safely say that I consider it to be an OK film, a C+ on the Fresnerd grading scale. Not bad, yet not good either. I gave the same grade to Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. The film feels more like a series of events, rather than a meaningful story. It doesn't present any depth to the characters and it doesn't further our understanding of the iconic Han Solo as a person. This is especially the case since he doesn't go through any clear arc. In fact, he stays pretty much the same 'good guy' whose charm pales in comparison to the other characters (most notably Lando). This also contradicts the scoundrel persona we know and love at the beginning of Episode IV: A New Hope. That being said, it was still an enjoyable time at the theater. The action sequences are fun enough and the style and look of the world felt very Star Wars. Plus, I gave a loud geeky squeal with the ending's twist reveal (no spoilers here).
Now even though I didn't think it was a great film, I still love the fact that it exists! I'm so happy that we live in a world where Star Wars movies are being made. This is an incredible universe that has changed not only cinema, but also the lives and imaginations of so many people around the world. It is in that spirit that we should continue to support these movies, the people involved, and other fans as well. Sure, everyone is entitled to their opinions on whether they like or don't like a certain Star Wars movie (I have plenty on both ends of the spectrum), but they should never be expressed in such a disrespectful manner that contradicts that very values conveyed by those stories or that insults the dignity of the others (creators and fans). It saddens me to see such loud hate by certain extreme fans against Star Wars movies that don't go the way they want, aren't as good as they want, or have characters they don't like (even for their race or gender). This hate started with the prequels and is still evident with the modern Disney films. Such hate had clear harmful effects on the spirits of many people, most notably: George Lucas himself, Jake Matthew Lloyd (kid Anakin), and recently Kelly Marie Tran (Rose in the Last Jedi). So many have gone after Rian Johnson because of his controversial The Last Jedi. This is wrong and not in line with what Star Wars stands for. To quote Yoda: “Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hateleads to suffering.” I hope that true Star Wars fans can unite in a such a way that peacefully quiets this small hateful minority as an example to the world of supportive fandom. I hope all Star Wars fans when voicing their opinions on these movies will ask themselves, "Would Luke or Yoda express themselves in such a way?"