During the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, Disney aired the 45-second teaser for the troubled “Solo: A Star Wars Story” starring Alden Ehrenreich, Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke and the almighty Donald Glover.
The next morning, a full trailer was released. View both below, then let’s talk.
A few comments and questions:
-- There just isn’t enough here to make any real decisions about this movie. For all we know, it’s still being edited, its tone being decided upon.
-- Is Donald Glover wearing that coat, or is that coat wearing him?
-- Nah, I’m kidding -- dude looks amazing. I would watch “Lando: A Star Wars Story,” tomorrow and so would everyone you know.
-- How do we feel about Alden Ehrenreich, who seem to have decided that squinting is the way to go if your performance has to be at least 50 percent impression of one of the most successful box office draws who ever drew breath?
-- Props to the trailer’s editors, who recognize that shots of a ship powering up are always cool -- pure potential energy right there.
-- It is entirely possible we get to see a lot of Corellia, the home of massive starships and the pilots who guide them, long discussed in Star Wars mythology but never actually seen on-screen.
-- The dancing girl in that one shot felt very strip-club-in-“Blade Runner.” Will this be the Star Wars cyberpunk movie?
-- Solo wants to be “a pilot, the best in the galaxy.”
But at the end of the day, a pilot is still an employee, subject to the whims of others. But WE know that what Solo really wants to be is a captain, his own man, a pirate operating outside of Imperial notice, free to make his profits without Kefauver, the #$%^& Justice Department and the FBI -- wait, that’s from “The Godfather Part II,” sorry.
This is, perhaps, Solo’s arc, from ragged orphan (or whatever he was on Corellia) to Imperial washout to man with a Wookiee by his side and a girl...somewhere in the picture. (Oh hai, Emilia Clarke.)
-- So, according to this, Solo says he’s a guy who has been “running scams on the street since I was 10 years old.” And we know that Lando used to own the Falcon and that he lost the Falcon to Solo in a game of sabacc.
We also know that the Falcon “made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs." (We also know that a parsec is a unit of distance, not time ... look, you can Google this part yourself.)
Perhaps “Solo” will feature this run. Perhaps Han was a making it all up.
But how cool would it be if we found out that, yes, the ship made the run, but Han wasn’t the pilot at the time? In “A New Hope” and “The Force Awakens,” he never says HE did it but that the SHIP did.
I know, I know, such a reversal of a long-held assumption in the mythology is probably too much to hope for in a movie where the directors were replaced for going off-script. But if “The Last Jedi” delivered one idea, it’s that the past, or even the present, is not what we the audience assume it to be.
What do YOU think?