‘Solo’ Official Trailer Shows Why Studio Waited So Long To Drop It

The first official full trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story dropped overnight, and while it’s not quite a snooze, nothing in it made me sit up and pay attention, either. In fact, if anything, I was disappointed by the lack of imagination on display.

Overall, I can see why the studio waited so long to release a real trailer: Curiosity is the only thing that’s going to bring the casual viewer in to see this Han Solo origin story, so maintaining the mystery about what it actually is, seems to be the best bet. The more I learn about Solo, the less excited I am about it.

A train robbery? Really? That old saw? Sure, it’s “in space,” but c’mon, FIREFLY already did that years ago, not to mention Sucker Punch!

The problem I am dreading is that Disney will amplify George Lucas‘ concern that Han Solo not be a bad bad guy, just a kinda-sorta-bad guy, and in name only — hence the whole “Greedo Shot First” fiasco. Gone is the hard-bitten Corellian pirate so down on his luck that he had to sink to the level of sneaking a farm boy and an old man to Alderaan. That Han was a rogue who was not above shooting his way out of a problem.

But then Lucas decided that an actual criminal/murderer was not a suitable suitor for Princess Leia, so, he tinkered with Han’s introduction, making the pilot shoot only in self-defense. Then Han was further watered down in Star Wars: Episode V — Return of the Jedi, in which he became pretty much a grinning goofball.

I see nothing in this trailer (or any previous clips) that belies my concerns. It’s all smirking, wise-cracking good-ol’-boy Han bouncing quips off an assortment of mismatched teammates.

At this point, I’m still going to see it, but probably not opening weekend. It doesn’t feel like a priority.

Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian, Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra,  Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, and Thandie Newton as Val. It was (mostly) directed by Ron Howard.

Solo: A Star Wars Story hits theaters on May 25.

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