Many already want to bash the Han Solo anthology film. Nobody should play Han Solo except Harrison Ford! We don’t need an origin story for Han Solo! Alden Ehrenreich doesn’t even look like Harrison Ford!
I hear the criticism and I get it. All three of these thoughts have crossed my mind. Here’s where I stand: I don’t think this is the Star Wars story we “need” but I think it could end up being really good.
Why we don’t “need” this Star Wars story: Han Solo is not a character I feel like I don’t know well or as though there are key pieces missing from his story. His character development and story arc from A New Hope to The Force Awakens feels pretty damn complete and satisfying to me.
These Star Wars anthology films should not revolve so much around characters we know well. Like Rogue One they should primarily revolve around new characters like Jyn, Cassian, Chirrut, K-2SO, Director Krennic, etc. while incorporating characters we know well (like Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin) in supporting rather than leading roles. Star Wars features an incredible galaxy teeming with countless planets and characters. Let’s hear more of their stories instead of revealing every little tidbit there is to know about characters we already know so well.
Why it could end up being really good: And yet, I salivate at the prospect of learning about the beginning of the friendship between Han and Lando, and what the Han-Chewbacca dynamic was like in the days before their fateful meeting with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker in the Mos Eisley cantina. I can’t help wondering about the “weird, strange stuff” Han mentions to Luke he’s seen when traveling from one end of the galaxy to another. Might we witness the legendary Kessel Run or the infamous sabacc game where Han won the Millenium Falcon from Lando?
Furthermore, Lucasfilm has been rocking it the last couple years. Rogue One was a masterpiece (see my review here: https://matthewrudoyblogfun.wordpress.com/2016/12/18/rogue-one-a-star-wars-story-review/) and The Force Awakens revitalized the Skywalker Saga. Other recent materials in the canon like the TV show Star Wars Rebels, the novel Star Wars: Bloodline, and the comic book Star Wars Volume 1: Skywalker Strikes are original while also being significantly consequential and connected to essential Star Wars canon. The point is that if Lucasfilm has been rocking it so far, why are they suddenly going to drop the ball here? Also, Lawrence Kasdan co-wrote the script for the Han Solo movie. He worked on a few other little-known scripts such as The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, and The Force Awakens. I have faith he will deliver another fantastic script.
I also can’t help but get excited about actresses from two of my favorite TV shows being in this movie (Emilia Clarke who plays Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones and Thandie Newton who plays Maeve in Westworld).
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