This action adventure is the roots backstory of Han Solo, that much loved rogue from the original trilogy, and we have a storyline that really does try to capture well the humour and spark of the main character. No jedis, light sabre fights and only the odd philosophy line (more just street level advice). So we have a stripped down ideal of Star Wars, a story based at the coal face of that universe as the rogues & hired guns make their way in an aimless world over by good & evil.
Into all this steps Han Solo who wants to live on his wits and be a good pilot, thinking he's a bounty hunter & hired hand, really he's a 'good guy' and this dichotomy is the main gist of the film...
... and I really enjoyed it. Sadly the film has come out as people have hit a low point with the series following disappointment with recent episode, and that has affected this one. That's a shame, as it's a great romp and a lower key entry in the whole universe.
Forget what all else say. This has good characters, great humours and surprisingly a lead who fits in very well into the role, a hard task.
Only real downpoint is that Emelia Clarke again shows what a limited actress she is. She's becoming a black widow for films as following Terminator and this series, she is struggling to find a life outwith of Game of Thrones, and even then that has hit a low of late in the penultimate season. Don't let that put you off, she's not key, and can be replaced in the next movies which I hope are made
There is a lot of life in this series. I just hope it's given a further life on DVD & streams, and will create enough interest for the series to be built upon. Give it a try and enjoy it.