Solo will, of course, focus on Han Solo and his life as a young scoundrel in a galaxy teeming with criminal masterminds and opportunists and that’s somewhat exciting. I didn’t realize how much of an impact Han Solo had on me as a child until he was killed in The Force Awakens. I cried like a baby. In fact, it was one of the saddest moments I have ever seen in a movie. I was positively devastated. At that point I realized how much I actually cared for this character and how much boundless joy he has brought me over the years. When Disney announced they were making a young Solo film I was, and still am, skeptical. Who could possibly reprise the iconic role that Harrison Ford truly made his own? Disney elected Alden Ehrenreich for the near-impossible job and I’m honestly interested in how he makes his own spin on the character.
He’s somewhat charming which is an important aspect to be able to check off the list. Harrison Ford got Han’s charm got down to a pat. His roguish charm is what got him Leia’s affection and love for example. I’m hoping to see that same level of likability from Ehrenreich.
It also seems like he’s got the recklessness down as well. If there’s one trait that perfectly explains Han Solo it’s that uncanny ability for attracting and luckily evading danger. For years he has lived his life surviving encounter after encounter and even, by some huge grace, surviving being carbon frozen. I can’t wait to see the early stages of his recklessness explored a little bit more in this movie.
And then there’s Han’s extreme knack for goodness. In A New Hope we meet him as this cynical man who brags on his piloting abilities, shoots first without regret, and is just, overall, a guy you really wouldn’t want to know. But as the movie progresses that scoundrel in him begins to fade and his inner hero starts to emerge. By the end of the movie he’s a full blown good guy who’s willing to hightail it back to the Death Star to save his friends, which he did. Of course, he’s still classic Han Solo and so his inner scoundrel never disappeared but I’m excited to see that heroic side of him displayed in Solo. It should give us a greater understanding of who he is by the time of A New Hope and that’s one of the things I really can’t wait to see.
All in all, I’m going into Solo with an open mind and heart and I can only hope that Ehrenreich’s performance truly blows me away.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a fantastic day. May the Force be with you.