HAN SOLO trailer

After nearly a year of worrying reports including the firing of directors, acting difficulties, and tonal problems, we have finally gotten our first SOLO Trailer. And the results are in… the trailer is great. However, we cannot judge a movie’s success solely on a trailer.

There are several things that a Han Solo movie will have to accomplish if they are to make a prequel to one of the most recognizable characters in cinema. This SOLO trailer paves the way for a successful movie. However, it will still have to jump many hurdles if it wants to be a successful film come this memorial day.

Does Alden Ehrenreich Have What It Takes?

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Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY. Courtesy of Lucasfilm

Han Solo is one of the most iconic heroes of all time. The role of the smuggler with a heart of gold made Harrison Ford instantly recognizable and launched his career into stardom. Fans are very attached to this character, so it will be difficult to see a person other than Harrison Ford play that character.

I was excited when I discovered that Alden Ehrenreich would play Han Solo in this movie. If you need any evidence of his acting prowess watch HAIL, CAESAR. However, Ehrenreich’s going to have to do a lot to prove that he is Han Solo.

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Firstly, unlike the popular Anthony Ingruber, Ehrenreich neither looks nor sounds like Harrison Ford. When Ewan McGregor played the younger Obi-Wan Kenobi, it was easy to accept since McGregor looked and seemed so similar to Sir Alec Guinness. Ehrenreich is going to have to convince us that he is Han Solo simply on charisma and acting prowess alone.

Judging from this Han Solo trailer, I think Ehrenreich’s acting chops will help him out. I particularly enjoy the moments towards the end of the trailer when he smiles and says “Thought we were in trouble there. But it’s fine. We’re fine.” This does feel like something that Han Solo would say. It still reads a little strange since we’re so used to Harrison Ford delivering dialogue like that. Hopefully, over the course of the film, we’ll accept Alden Ehrenreich as our new Han Solo.

SOLO Goes Full Ocean’s 11 Heist

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Will Han Shoot First? Courtesy of Lucasfilm

When Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm, announced that the STAR WARS franchise would begin making standalone anthology films, she said that each film would have its own tone. ROGUE ONE would be a War film (it mostly lived up to this), and SOLO would, of course, be a Heist film. This SOLO trailer delivers on the Heist factor.

From the opening shots, we receive the feeling of urgency. The trailer editors cleverly link the powering of controls on the Millennium Falcon to make it sound like a ticking clock. Then throughout this trailer, we receive shots of Han escaping Imperial enforcement.

Most importantly we’re getting our own version of a team when Beckett (Woody Harrelson) forms a group with Han, Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), Lando (Donald Glover), Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke), Val (Thandie Newton), and L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge). Just as ROGUE ONE provided us with a diverse group of plucky heroes, so will SOLO. Will we fall in love with these character like we have with other teams in STAR WARS? Will one of the team members be an Imperial double agent? We’ll have to see more marketing to find out more.

Rebel Without A Cause

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Han shows his rebellious side. Courtesy of Lucasfilm

Cinema loves their characters who refuse to follow authority. Whether it’s Ferris Bueller or James Dean’s Jim Stark in REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE, we see ourselves in those spirits who refuse to obey. Han Solo embodies this in the SOLO trailer. As he states at the beginning of the trailer:

“I was running scams on the street since I was 10. I was kicked out of the flight academy for having a mind of my own.”

There’s also a form of hopefulness and aspiration we see in Han here. He says “I’m gonna be a pilot. The best in the galaxy.” That reminds us of the idealistic young Luke and Anakin. Han directs this aspiration towards selfish desires like making money. However, Han, as we see through later films, clearly cares about a lot more than himself. This is what I believe Qi’ra is calling him on in this trailer. She says “I might be the only person who knows what you really are.” I do not think that there are any secrets to Han’s story. Simply put, it means that Han isn’t just an average pilot, but he has the makings of a hero.

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I am interested to see how Qi’ra and Han’s relationship develops. Is she romantic interest for Han and a Leia-type that inspires him to do more? Will her death push him back towards smuggling? It looks like Emilia Clark is playing another feisty British brunette that the new STAR WARS seems so fond of. Perhaps we’ll see more nuance to her character. Is she a member of the royalty like Leia? Or does she perhaps have some Imperial ties?

Things To Anticipate

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The incredible Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. Courtesy of Lucasfilm

There are a bunch of things that make me excited about this movie from the SOLO trailer. Firstly, the cast looks fantastic. Woody Harrelson is one of my favorite actors working today. Thandie Newton and Emilia Clarke prove that they can play absolute badasses in their respective HBO Shows, WESTWORLD, and GAME OF THRONES. Phoebe Waller-Bridge much like K2-SO in ROGUE ONE will provide comic relief in this film. I am excited to see a droid identified with the female sex get her time to shine.

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The member of the cast most people are excited about is Donald Glover’s turn as Lando Calrissian. Donald Glover has warranted his turn in a great franchise. The man just has charisma flying out of every pore of his body. He can embody Billy Dee Williams’ Lando’s charm, slickness, and composure.

Finally, Bradford Young who provided the fantastic cinematography for ARRIVAL, A MOST VIOLENT YEAR, and SELMA, looks to astonish with SOLO. The visuals in this SOLO trailer are nothing short of spectacular. They feel very diverse from the saga film’s visuals and share much with other sci-fi works like BLADE RUNNER. With a new cinematographic eye, we get to see a new side of the galaxy and the more abundant STAR WARS universe.

SOLO Trailer Makes the Jump to Lightspeed

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Courtesy of Lucasfilm

The SOLO trailer succeeds in nearly everything it has to do. It can’t completely remove the stench from this movie raised from concerning reports. However, it does provide a new fascinating window into the STAR WARS world. I am worried that SOLO will find serious competition in other box office juggernauts like DEADPOOL 2 and AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR. However, if there’s one thing that Han Solo has taught us, it’s never to tell him the odds.

SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY opens in the United States on May 25, 2018

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