Well, it’s here. After Lord & Miller were fired almost a year ago and Ron Howard took over the directing roles, endless reports that Alden Ehrenreich needed on set acting coaches, and rumors that it would be getting pushed back… it’s here. The Han So… Solo: A Star Wars Story! A staggering 3 months out from release! That’s the craziest part! Both of the new trilogy movies AND Rogue One started their marketing 10 months to a year before release! This could have had something to do with all the mishaps that Lucasfilm was happening, but it could also be because they just aren’t sure how this new movie and Han Solo is going to be received.
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I have a few thoughts on this movie. First I would like to to make it clear that I have in no way been excited for this movie. It falls under the “Why are they making this” category for me. We don’t NEED a Han Solo movie and Harrison Ford is still alive! So to cast a newer, younger version of him is difficult when I can still see Ford in other movies. My main thing has always been with this trailer, How is Han going to look. If Alden can’t capture his look, swagger, wit and speak then this movie is going to fall flat on it’s face. Honestly.. I don’t buy him as Han.
Normally you should be able to see a bit of the character in him, and on the surface he kind of looks like him. I’ll give them that… in the above photo at least. There are lots of moments in the trailer where I forget this is supposed to be a Han Solo movie and not just a Star Wars adventure like Rogue One. I didn’t have to connect any characters from Rogue One to original castings (Minus CGI Tarkin) and that’s why it was a more enjoyable movie for me. I hold Rogue One in pretty high esteem though, it’s right up there with Empire Strikes back for me. But there was ONE redeeming quality (maybe two) from the movie and that’s Donald Glover as Lando!
He looks like he’s got that swagger and smart-ass look about him. Again, he doesn’t look perfectly like him, but as long as he sounds/acts like the character then I can somewhat look past the look not being quite right. This movie is going to have an uphill battle from now until the embargo lifts and we can start reviewing the film; until then, I’m going to remain on the side of the fence that is still not overly excited for Solo: A Star Wars story. On the same side of the coin though, I have enjoyed the “Star Wars Story” films more than I have the new Trilogy (Force Awakens & Last Jedi) so maybe this movie will surprise me? The good thing, I guess, is that I only have to wait until May 25th to find out! Too bad it’s competing with Avengers: Infinity War & Rampage that month!
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— The Middle Show with Darren Worts