Making a Han Solo prequel movie was always going to be a risky move. Coming up with an idea to put Han Solo where he is when A New Hope begins that doesn’t betray his characterization is tough. Having anyone try to recapture Harrison Ford’s very distinct charm would be even tougher. It is a risk a lot of Star Wars fans never wanted the series to take.
Filming of the movie did nothing to quell fears over Solo. Original directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were let go from the project. Rumors claimed not so kind things about the acting performances. Ron Howard was brought in to try and salvage what was left of the project. So yeah, it’s been a long, worrying road to this first teaser trailer.
I’m sure many will disagree with me, but it just looks…like a movie. Like, this exists. Hooray?
It does look good visually. Donald Glover will probably do the best he can as Lando, and so long as his dialogue and scripting aren’t irredeemable he’ll probably nail the role. Chewie looks great. Alden Ehrenreich looks and acts nothing like Han Solo. Emilia Clarke is Emilia Clarke, for better or worse. Mostly it just looks entirely unremarkable. Is that okay? Depends on what you go in expecting and what will personally break the movie for you.
Personally, I find it hard to imagine a Han Solo movie with a lazy or bad Han Solo being worth it. And this does not look like a particularly good Han Solo. Regardless of the actor’s performance and whether rumors about him are true, this looks like it will be based on a lazy interpretation of who Han is and what he is about. Is he really going to just be a smirking wisecracking generic guy? I hope not.
I guess we’ll see. Low expectations mean they will be very easy for this movie to surpass.
Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25.