Piece by Eddie on 10/05/2018
It’s an unshakeable feeling, one I wish I didn’t have and one that I hope is soon to be proven wrong; but I just can’t help but feel like the newest entry to the A Star Wars Story cannon (following on from the great Rogue One) Solo just isn’t going to be very good.
Forgoing all the various media reports and behind the scenes drama’s that have plagued the production, through to concerns raised by critics and fans after we’d been made privy to the films collection of trailers, something just seems off about Ron Howard’s space adventure, a feeling most un-Star Wars like.
Looking back a few years ago to when Disney first announced their planned Han Solo outing, that would take us back to the early days of the famous smuggler’s career behind the wheel of the Millennium Falcon, his friendship with his hairy companion Chewbacca and his Western-like adventures through the galaxy far far away. Things all seemed exciting enough.
The decision to hire up and coming directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller was a nice bonus, as was the addition of the hip Donald Glover as a young Lando Calrissian and the ever excellent Woody Harrelson as Han Solo’s mentor Tobias Beckett but since the early day’s, there’s now the inescapable feeling that Solo is doomed before its really had a chance to prove us wrong, damnation that comes outside even of the much publicised departure of its directing duo week’s out from shooting finishing.
From all reports Solo is likely to make a lot of money, maybe not the type of money however that Disney has come to expect from their money making machine and you get the feeling that Solo may have a tough time cracking the billion dollar mark at the worldwide box-office, something that will concern Disney’s big wigs no doubt but big box-office isn’t really proving much as Star Wars fans are Star Wars fans, meaning they will likely support most ventures to a franchise that has given them so much good over the year’s (and some really bad – here’s looking at you Jar Jar Binks).
What’s really concerning is that Solo just looks a bit bland (again not something you usually associate with the latest Star Wars event), Alden Ehrenreich looks like a tough sell as young Han and that if Solo is the type of mediocre event it is seemingly shaping up to be, it’s a point in the life of Star Wars as it stands where things may start to becoming increasingly less of events and more of a passable experience.
There’s no one out there thinking Disney isn’t going to be milking the Star Wars property like Luke Skywalker milks a strange alien on a lonely island but the concern is that the continued milking will lead to a continual downward spiral of what we’ve come to expect from such a highly original and entertaining series of feature films.
With the so-so reception of The Last Jedi paving the way before it and the relatively dubious news of its helmer Rian Johnson taking charge of a new Star Wars saga, we find ourselves and Solo finds itself coming out in a curious and precarious situation where the future of Star Wars as a whole can go one of either ways, one good and one bad.
It’s that fear I am holding onto at the moment, as my movie loving spider-senses are sensing a rough landing for Solo, I hope I’m wrong and I hope that the movie’s great, but there’s a disturbance in the force building, a force it seems that can’t be stopped.
One can always hope however that Howard’s film is an unexpected reminder to never discount the great cinematic pleasures a Star Wars can provide.
I guess we will all find out in a few weeks’ time.