I have been waiting for this day for a very long time… Woody Harrelson is OFFICIALLY a part of the Star Wars universe! And while we’re at it, let’s also note that Emilia Clarke, Thandie Newton, Warwick Davis, and DONALD GLOVER also join the Star Wars family! Donald Glover as Lando is perhaps one of the most beautiful casting choices I have ever had the pleasure of witnessing.
Ok so let’s get to the trailer — it starts of with our young Solo, played by newcomer Alden Ehrenreich, giving a voice over as we see him whip through a base in a ship a la Baby Driver. We learn immediately that Solo wants to be the “best pilot in the galaxy,” and also that he’s prone to breaking rules. Well, that sounds like my kind of character! Ambitious, yet highly unorthodox.
We get some great shots of Solo’s ships, including the famous Millenium Falcon, which is in pristine form, cleaned and glittering. We also get some classic Star Wars world-establishing shots, that show that this film, similar to Rogue One and The Last Jedi, will have some gorgeous set design and landscape, which is always a plus for a film nerd like me.
Woody Harrelson’s character tells Solo that he’s gathering a team of some sort, and then the second half of the trailers thrusts our heros into serious Star Wars danger, just like we know and love. A classic set up for ultimate fanfare.
I was already plenty excited for a Han Solo film, as he is one of the best characters in the entire universe, but I was worried that it wouldn’t feel the same without the beloved Harrison Ford behind the wheel. It’s still true that it may not feel the same, but I think that it would be unfair to this film to go into it already cynical.
Many people feel that this movie is just a product of the growing excitement around Star Wars, milking their audience for every last penny. Perhaps in some ways it is, but I think that at the heart of it they are fans of the product too, and they want to give us as much of it as possible. It’s hard to be upset with a cast this good, and despite the debate about how necessary Rogue One was (or wasn’t), it still turned out to be a really good film.
The trailer looks really fun and beautifully put together, so I think the best way to approach this movie is with a totally open mind, appreciating the fact that we get to explore this character in more depth, and also just revel at the fact that we are part of the ongoing legacy that is Star Wars.
Trailer Score: 4/5
TELL US: Are you going to see Solo? Are you excited, or do you think they’re pushing this luck with this one?