While Solo: A Star Wars Story bombed at the box office by Disney standards, making a profit of a mere $92million, it has become something of an unlikely fan favourite.
An underdog in the franchise, the announcement of Solo: A Star Wars Story came as something of a shock. Instead of straying away from the Skywalker Saga - as the 'Anthology' movies were bound to do - Solo honed in on an Original Trilogy character, giving fans a backstory they never asked for.
Solo is a flawed movie in many ways. What could have been a compelling character study detailing why the bright-eyed cheeky gunslinger turned into the cynical self-centred antihero fans fell in love with way back in 1977 quickly became a paint-by-numbers sequence of fan-pandering micro-adventures, detailing instances such as how Han got his blaster (ooooo!) and why he's called Solo (ahhhhh!).
Still, despite - or perhaps because of - these silly moments of fan service, Solo proved to be a lighthearted space romp, a welcome tonic after the relatively darker The Last Jedi. Having a much more open ending than its predecessor Rogue One, Solo's story seems unfinished - and quite rightly, fans have been asking for a sequel of the film they never knew they wanted.
When Matteo isn't cashing in on a lifetime of devotion to his favourite pop culture franchises and indie bands, he's writing and publishing poems and short stories under the name Teo Eve. Talk about range.