Solo: A Star Wars Story – Official Teaser Trailer Reactions

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Possible spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story ahead…

A Good Glimpse of Solo: A Star Wars Story

“I thought we were in trouble there for a second, but we’re fine,” said Solo. “We’re fine.”

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Truer words have never been uttered.

After months of speculation, we have two new glimpses into the world of Solo: A Star Wars Story.

And that glimpse looks good…

If you’re catching up, here are the two trailers released by Lucasfilm over the last 24-hours.

Now, the reactions…

This morning I rounded up the usual suspects and their “Big Game” trailer reactions. I’ll do the same for the full teaser…

Erik Kain wrote:

Even if we really enjoy Ehrenreich’s version of Solo, it’s going to be almost impossible to reconcile him with Ford’s take. We saw plenty of #NotMyLuke backlash against The Last Jedi despite the role being reprised by Mark Hamill; I can only imagine the #NotMySolo backlash we may see come Memorial Day.

Hmmmmm.

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Mendelson wrote:

As for the trailer itself, it looks… fine. It clearly isn’t reinventing the wheel, with a cocky young hotshot who (presumably) finds out that he does give a damn after all, along with the young woman (Emilia Clarke) who knows that he’s a decent guy at heart. Even as a prequel to A New Hope, we can hope that the movie will stand alone as a story that just happens to be set in the Star Wars universe.  Actually, this may well play out like a $200 million+ episode of The Young Han Solo Chronicles, with or without a grizzled Harrison Ford narrating the tale and playing the saxophone at just the right moment.

To which I say, “Ha!”

I also enjoyed the following:

But I digress…

Back to Beyond the Trailer:

Grace said, “Alden Ehrenreich is a very likable actor… but he’s just not Han Solo.”

Eh, we don’t agree.

But she wasn’t the first to say, “It ain’t Solo…” about AE, and she — undoubtedly — won’t be the last.

Read on…

Breznican’s Brief

On EW.com, Anthony wrote:

What are the forces that forged the scoundrel? Overconfidence and good luck… There even seems to be a nod to the upheaval during production, when filmmaker Ron Howard took over from original directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord: ‘Thought we were in trouble there for a second. But it’s fine. We’re fine.’

Great minds, right?

However, what I really enjoy about AB’s pieces is that he often lets the reader/viewer make their own opinion, as he provides a narrative. Obviously, he works from a position of strength regarding his amazing contacts, but I enjoyed his approach here, for sure.

But is the trailer any good?

USA Today asked, rhetorically: Is it any good?

Brian Truitt posted:

…the trailer gets more right than wrong, from Han’s tendency to crash things he’s driving to the look on Ehrenreich’s face, which goes from supreme cockiness to a glimpse of vulnerability when Clarke’s Qi’ra says to him, “I might be the only person who knows what you really are.” And the moment where Han tells his pals, “Thought we were in trouble there for a second, but it’s fine. We’re fine,” before being attacked by a space monster, calls back to so many old-school scenes with Ford, especially one involving the rescue of a certain princess from a certain Death Star.

Again, great minds. But seeing some praise for Ehrenreich warms this heart.

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Trailer leaves us wanting more…

Our friends at io9 got in on the action, as well.

io9’s James Whitbrook wrote:

Anticipation for a glimpse at Solo, especially in the wake of its director turnover, has been sky high. With the movie just months away, this first look leaves us with almost as many questions as we had before we’d seen little more than the cast and the movie’s ex-directors hanging out in the Falcon cockpit. Just who is Qi’ra to Han? How do the things we saw in last night’s TV spot fit in to what we saw in this trailer? What is the actual story of the movie beyond what looks like a few elaborate space heists?

Those questions have me excited for this flick; that and simply wanting to know more about Han Solo.

Good news out of Washington?

More heartwarming thoughts, this time out of Washington, DC – of all places:

The Post’s Michael Cavna mused:

What Howard and Lucasfilm have shown so far is a young Han Solo who — with his frisky sense of derring-do and parsec-galloping panache — registers as part “American Graffiti” racer and part “Top Gun” pilot, with just enough uncertainty beneath the green bravado… Should we really have been too concerned, what with Star Wars veteran scribe Lawrence Kasdan back in the space saddle, alongside son Jon Kasdan?

Fair enough, and a fun read.

Vox: Lando stole the show

Over at Vox, Alissa Wilkinson and Genevieve Koski were excited to see some familiar faces in the trailer:

Boy, everyone likes that image… Anyway, the co-authors wrote:

We also get to see Han meet up with some characters we already know — Chewbacca, naturally, and Glover’s young Lando Calrissian, who’s already stolen the show with his brief appearance in the clip. Plus we see some new faces: Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett, who appears to be a mentor to Han, and Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke as Qi’Ra, who may be “the only person who knows what [Han] really [is].” All this happens between action shots of Han evading close calls and making some daring escapes, as is his wont.

I agree on the Lando piece, but there’s something about this Ehrenreich guy. The more I see these clips, the more I see Han Solo. [Ed. Note: Disney, please send the check via PayPal].

And then there’s Alex…

Yes, that Alex. Star Wars Explained did ANOTHER video breaking down all the good stuff from the second trailer.

Enjoy, and please tell him Bish sent ya:

That’s probably it for today, but I’ll be scouring the web for news and notes in the meantime… JB

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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for BostonBruins.com prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.

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