5 Reasons Solo: A Star Wars Story Will Probably Disappoint Fans

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In just a few short weeks, fans across the galaxy will head to their local theaters to catch the second Star Wars anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story. It wasn’t until February that the marketing machine truly began to rev its engine, but now, after one teaser and two full trailers, many of those who were previously skeptical about the upcoming spinoff are now embracing it with open arms.

However, not all of us are fully convinced that Solo is the Star Wars film we’re looking for. In fact, some of us simply have a bad feeling about this latest addition to the franchise. That being said, here are five reasons Solo: A Star Wars Story will probably disappoint fans:

  1. The Behind-the-Scenes Turmoil

    It’s no secret that production on Solo: A Star Wars Story has been tumultuous at best. After principal photography was nearly complete, directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were unceremoniously fired due to a classic case of “creative differences,” and the duo was quickly replaced with Academy Award-winning director Ron Howard. On the surface, that sounds like it should have elicited sighs of relief from early skeptics. However, it also conjures up memories of another recent film to undergo a massive directorial change so late into production – Justice League – and we all know how that turned out. Of course, that’s not to say Solo will be a disaster of that caliber, but behind-the-scenes drama like this doesn’t tend to bode well for the final product. 

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  2. Apparently, Even Disney Expects it to Bomb

    Back in December, rumors began to fly that Walt Disney was preparing for Solo to wind up being a massive failure. “Disney is bracing themselves for the Han Solo movie to bomb, an anonymous source told Screen Geek. “They were worried about it before all The Last Jedi controversy, but now they’re essentially writing Solo off. The lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich, can’t act, and they had a dialogue coach on hand for all of his scenes. On top of that, the script is unworkable. It’s going to be a car crash.” The rumors were soon downplayed by Jordan Maison of Cinelinx, but once again, we can’t help but look at another film that faced a similar scenario: John Carter. Much like the Justice League example, one film’s woes aren’t necessarily indicative of another’s, but it’s still worth noting that Disney expected John Carter to bomb, and that’s exactly what it did.

  3. Alden Ehrenreich Isn’t Harrison Ford

    Even if you ignore the widely publicized criticism of Alden Ehrenreich’s acting chops and his need for an on-set acting coach during the production of Solo, the fact remains that – at least in the eyes of fans – Harrison Ford has been the living, breathing embodiment of Han Solo for the past four decades. If we learned nothing else from the poor fan reception to The Last Jedi, it’s that the majority of Star Wars fans have problems accepting change; why, then, should we expect that Lucasfilm recasting one of the most iconic roles of all time will be any different?

  4. Tarnishing a Legacy

    Harrison Ford isn’t the only one whose legacy is on the line with Solo – there’s also the legacy of the eponymous scoundrel, himself. What happened when Lucasfilm decided to take one of the most popular, enigmatic villains in all of cinema – Darth Vader – and expand on his backstory in the prequels? Fans cried foul and complained that, by revealing how Anakin Skywalker became Darth Vader, Lucasfilm ruined his mystique. The same can be said about Emperor Palpatine, as well, though to a far lesser extent. With Solo, history could very well repeat itself.

  5. It’s the Star Wars Story Nobody Asked For

    Let’s be completely honest: Did anyone ever really say to themself, “I really wish Lucasfilm would make a movie about the early days of Han Solo?” If you did, congratulations – you’re getting one – but you’re almost certainly in the minority. We were given pretty much everything we needed to know about Han in the original trilogy – the rest is just questions that don’t really need answering. And again, if you are one of the people who want to know more about Han’s backstory, there are plenty of comics and novels, both from the Expanded Universe and in the new, post-Disney canon, that can scratch that particular itch for you. While Star Wars fans will inevitably head to the theaters in droves to see Solo simply because it’s a Star Wars movie, the fact remains that, if it’s a movie they never truly wanted in the first place, it’ll likely have a negative impact on their viewing experience.