My thoughts on Solo: A Star Wars Story …

So the Superbowl came and went (Congrats Philly) and within twelve hours we have two new trailers for the Han Solo movie coming out in May. We have been waiting to see something from this troubled film for a while so I’m glad we’ve been given our first glimpse.

If you didn’t know, this film has been essentially filmed twice, with director duo Phil Lord and Chris Miller taken off the project after filming most of the film and Disney bringing in well respected director Ron Howard to take over. Rumours of the film becoming almost like an Ace Ventura movie were worrying, and it’s understandable that action was taken.

The trailer looks incredible, cinematographer Bradford Young has a great style and it looks stylish and slick whilst still being very star wars. I think there’s some really great looking shots in the trailer and those got me excited to see it. From the space fights to the iconic sound of the blasters, the look and feel are absolutely spot on.

We get our first look at Alden Ehrenriech, an important moment, as this whole film rests on the shoulders of the actor. We have to buy into the idea of him being Han Solo. For me, the little glimpses we get didn’t quite work. He does manage to incorporate some of the nuances in Harrison Fords voice, but I found it impossible to get away from the fact that he doesn’t look or sound like the scoundrel we grew to love when we saw the original Star Wars.

I know I shouldn’t be judging the film or a performance off a 90 second trailer. I’m still excited to see it, I just don’t think I’m ready to accept the idea of anyone but Harrison Ford playing Han Solo, just like I’d find it hard to have anyone else play Luke Skywalker or Princess Leia.

I hope I’m won over by Alden’s performance, but after our first taste my concerns for Solo have been confirmed. Harrison Ford can’t play a young Han Solo, so we have to accept it if we want to see a Solo film. This trailer made me want a Star Wars film set in this time, in this style, but it didn’t make me want to see a Han Solo film.

Rogue One featured none of the characters we know and love front and centre, yet it turned out to be one of the best star wars films we have had. Has anybody really been screaming out for a deeper dive into the character of Han Solo and his origins? With the troubled production and a lukewarm first trailer, its the first time that the years Star Wars movie isn’t the film I’m most excited to see this year.

Thats enough nerdy rambling for today. There will be a few reviews coming this week, hoping to knock another few off the best picture nominee list, damn the UK release dates!

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