“Solo: A Star Wars Story” First Trailer
Solo teased their oncoming trailer at the Super Bowl last night. Now we have the full-length version to judge.
It’s been barely six weeks since Star Wars: The Last Jedi arrived in theaters and became the best movie the franchise has produced since Empire Strikes Back, or in fact, ever. It was always going to be a hard act to follow, but Solo has a particularly hard road ahead. The first of the stand-alone Star Wars films, Rogue One, was a billion-dollar-earning, unexpected hit. The sense that Solo couldn’t follow that up was present even before their director-disaster last June.
And now it’s facing opening in the May slot instead of the December one, as Lucasfilm begins the slow push to put themselves where they want to be in the calendar, instead of where the public has decided they go. They open a mere five months after The Last Jedi, instead of a fu8ll year, so the comparisons will be nearer and dearer. Can they manage?
To be fair, the teaser last night showed promise, though one might argue it mostly just showed a single shot of each of the characters.
So how will the full trailer do?” The reveal that Han Solo wanted to join up as a pilot with the Galactic forces, and (we assume) failed out, adds a dimension to his “no love for the Empire” stance. It also promises the same sort of thing that made fans excited for Rogue One — a “little guy’s eye view” of the way the Galaxy runs.
This teaser also gives us our first view of Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo, which has been a concern. At least he looks right from the back, but does he sound right? No.
And when we get a look at the full thing? He doesn’t really look right either.
In fact, if anything, what this film is starting to look like is a movie we’re all going to go see to watch Donald Glover play Lando Calrissian. (I mean, that fur coat y’all. That ain’t wookie fur he’s wearing.) But what’s really disappointing is how *not* excited I feel watching this trailer. (And that’s a first since the franchise returned.) In fact, I think I (and many I saw on twitter last night) were more excited about Disney’s other May release, Avengers: Infinity War. (At least, considering the sheer scale of giffing the latter produced, whereas the former merely produced Lando In A Fur Coat.)
Is it the May release date? Is it the subject? Is it that Harrison Ford cannot be reproduced by anyone? A combination of the above?
Come hell or high water, Star Wars will eventually move back to a May date, even if it means getting Disney to move Avengers out of May to make sure there’s no stepping on each other’s toes. Trying to pre-merch these movies in September when they don’t arrive until December has been too much of a nightmare for the franchise to continue much longer. But if Solo continues to feel lackluster, we might need to buckle in. it’s going to be a bumpy ride.