Haiku Me Friday! Taking a Brief Look at Han Solo (and a rant about recent movie news)

Will we get through this?
Such a ridiculous scheme
Let’s hope my luck holds

I like Han Solo, but I was never in love with him like other fans seemed to be. I see the appeal – he’s confident (or cocky depending on how you look at it), got a badass streak, and is very handsome.

(In my opinion, that’s a recipe for a disaster if you fall in love with someone like that.)

Yet Han has a lot of experience in getting out of trouble. You can’t be a good smuggler without being able to get out of tight spots and talk your way out of sticky situations.

So how did he feel about taking on this mission to Alderaan, only to be trapped in the Death Star and trying to get out? Rescuing a princess wasn’t part of the original bargain either. I wonder if he stumbled along, desperately hoping that something changes and his luck continues to pull through. I feel like you can sense Luke’s desperation in those scenes, along with a bit of Leia’s frustration and angst as she tries to organize all four of them into some semblance of a small mission.

But Han? He clearly gets annoyed at Leia and thinks Luke is too green, but his confident swagger never changes. The only doubt we see him show is in relying on Obi-Wan to disable the tractor beam. Though Han likes to “fly casual”, I’m sure leaving such a big part of this impromptu operation to someone he barely knows and thinks is slightly crazy is difficult for him.

The funny thing is – I feel like Han Solo is one of those characters that we know the least amount of information on. And I like that! A lot. He manages to get his way out of most situations because, well, he’s Han Solo. Part of the joy of his character is that we don’t need to delve into who he is, as we do with Luke and Leia. He’s a steady character that we definitely see changes within, but he’s a supporting character. Though people may argue differently as Solo is part of the original three heroes, he’s still not the main story line as the main story line follows the Skywalkers .

(Now I’m going to go on a rant. I did not expect this so I apologize in advance.)

It bothers me that we are getting a Han Solo standalone movie because I’d rather his history not be explained, like Yoda. The latest news of the directors being fired and replaced by Ron Howard makes me cringe. I thought the one saving grace of this Solo movie was the directors: Phil Lord and Chris Miller. They know how to do funny, and sometimes quirky, comedy. I thought this could be an interesting twist on a movie. You can look at Disney as either a Sith Lord or Jedi Master, but either way, they are holding the reins tightly on the new Star Wars franchise (sounds so weird to even call it a “franchise”) and I know what happened. Lord and Miller were probably too used to having creative freedom on the set to do what they want and Kathleen Kennedy needs to have the last word. And last sentence. And last paragraph.

While I appreciate that in some instances and I understand the delicate line Disney is walking, I disagree completely with a Han Solo movie. Therefore, if you are going to make a movie that I have yet to hear any fans be excited about (if any of you are out there – please pipe up!), let’s have it be creative. Let’s have it be different. If it’s a flop, then oh well. It’s not like a flop is going to stop Disney from churning out more Star Wars movies. They’ll still make money. Ron Howard is as different of a director as you’re going to get.

So where does this bring us with the Han Solo movie? Maybe I’ll be pleasantly surprised? I went in expecting to enjoy Rogue One but instead was really let down. Maybe if I go into the Solo movie expecting a horrible movie, I’ll enjoy it instead.

Or not.

I wish I could see the movie Lord and Miller were going to create. I’ll probably be forever wishing I saw it.

 

Over and out. MTFBWY on this summer weekend.

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24 thoughts on “Haiku Me Friday! Taking a Brief Look at Han Solo (and a rant about recent movie news)

  1. I really didn’t like the idea of a Han Solo flick. I agree with you on virtually all the points you brought up. I rather be left with the imagination than a full on backstory about this guy. His relationship with Chewie , for example, is so goddamn beautiful and I don’t want to know how they meet because it may be something totally underwhelming and will change their friendship forever. Lord & Miller at the director’s chair had me astronomically more at ease but now with this news…..Hollywood, not just Star Wars, needs to loosen the reigns and allow for some talented people to create THEIR own projects. It’s exactly the reason why Jordan Peele annouced why he refrains from joining mega blockbuster franchises….Nonetheless love the blog, love the post.

    Went on a little of a rant on my own too!

    • Yes, these rants! They pop out of nowhere! Haha I did not expect to go on a rant either.

      I know…the relationship with Chewie is the part that bothers me a lot too. Han Solo life pre-Chewie doesn’t interest me and I always like to think of him with Chewie (though I guess with the new sequel trilogy, I have to forget that too, but at least it’s for a different reason). I also always like to imagine my own ideas about Lando/Han and I have a big fear (don’t tell me if you know any spoilers) that Boba Fett will make a cameo which just makes me want to roll my eyes.

      Interesting about Peele. I didn’t know that and loved Key and Peele (I miss their show so much!). It’s actually, also, probably 80% of the complaints George Lucas has whenever you get him rolling. I don’t know if you were at the latest Celebration or watched it live, he definitely was complaining about the studio industry and how hard it is to be creative with everyone breathing down your necks.

      Like I said, I understand it’s really hard for Disney right now. They want to make something appeal to the fans BUT they also want to make tons of money. I feel like since it’s still early stages, they are overseeing everything with an iron fist. They gave us Rogue One, and I’m really happy they did, honestly. It was a risk and I think it did pretty well. But Han Solo? It’s so cheap. Ugh, I haven’t talked to one fan who is excited about it. Some are interested, but none are excited.

  2. The developments for the Han Solo movie are interesting. It has a good cast and Ron Howard’s a solid director. If they stick to a heist movie and keep this fast and light (Guardians of the Galaxy 1) versus “We Must Give Our Heroes Tragic Backgrounds To Add Depth” (Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – which was a great movie – but mostly for the parts with Groot, Rocky, and Yondu), this can work.

    I’d also add that with Luke and Leia, we get bits and pieces of their backstory – mostly, that they’re orphans – but not much more. This lack of weight helps the story move along.

    • I can’t figure out if you are looking forward to the movie or not. If you are, you’re the first I’ve heard of! I’ve met fans who are interested and are open to the idea, but no one who is really looking forward to it and are excited.

      Wasn’t Rogue One supposed to be the heist movie? That didn’t really happen. And yes, I was thinking fast and light is the only way to go to make the movie good/decent which is why I thought Lord and Miller were good choices. It looks like they are going from light to action.

      I disagree – there was so much to Luke and Leia! We find out Luke’s father is Vader, Obi-Wan lied to him and they were good friends, Leia is his sister, they don’t remember much about their mother, their father was once good and is now bad, etc. Compare that to Han Solo and….we don’t have much.

      • I think I’ve been so busy moving and starting a new job in a new city that I haven’t given much thought to the Han Solo movie other than, “I hope it’s decent and better than Rogue One.”

        As for Luke and Leia, I’m not saying they don’t have backstory. I’m saying they don’t have the current superhero angst-ridden backstory which includes flashbacks. There are a few moments of heritage, but they never discuss their childhood beyond, “I have vague memories of our mom,” and, “It’s like shooting womp rats in Beggar’s Canyon.”
        This doesn’t mean they lack depth – that’s part of the magic of Star Wars – the characters have enough depth to make us care.

        • I was wondering what happened to you and totally forgot you were moving and starting a new life adventure (again). Did it go well and are you settling in?

          Okay yeah I see what you’re saying about back story… I was thinking Luke and Leia vs. All the other star wars characters and you were placing them agai superhero genres.

          • It takes a lot of effort to move from California to Texas and start a new career. I’ve been here for about 7 weeks and finally got my apartment set up and am building a steady schedule. My blog might be neglected here and there over the next few months as I try to finish my third book, but I’m hoping to get back to regular posts.
            Life changes are always an adventure.

  3. THANK YOU. I agree with everything you’ve said here. The Han Solo movie is a sad move on Disney’s part because it shows they are more interested in making a movie they think will sell (People like Han Solo! He’s cool! So’s the Millennium Falcon!) then making a movie with a story that needs to be told (or even a story that adds something necessary to the Star Wars Saga). We get all we need of Han’s backstory in ‘A New Hope.’ He’s a shady guy who looks out for himself. Then we see him grow to care about Luke, Leia, and a cause larger than himself. There’s is nothing a standalone film can add except watering it down.

    In fact, if I’m being honest, I’m not going to see this. There’s a chance Disney can put something together that seems to wow/intrigue me but I can’t see the reason to play into their marketing game and pay my money to see a movie I a) don’t want to see and b) don’t feel needs to be made in the first place.

    Your post was so refreshing!

    • I know you’re not going to see it. I was going to when Lord and Miller were directing it. Now I’m hesitant. Tbh, I probably will see it only to review it here. I’m not sure it’s going to be good at all. But like I said, maybe I’ll go in with such low expectations that I’ll actually enjoy it.

  4. As you know, I was always more of a Luke fan than Han 🙂
    I enjoyed the Han Solo prequel stories in the EU, so I think the movie idea has potential. But the only thing I’m really excited about is Donald Glover as Lando 😀 I’ll try to withhold judgment until I see the movie, but this current news does not inspire confidence.

    • Okay so you’d be labeled as “cautiously optimistic”? And omg the Crispin stories were great if youre referring to those. Will you see it? I, of course, will but am very, very… Questionable on if I’ll like it

      • Yes, I meant the Crispin stories! I’d label myself more “meh.” I’ll probably see it, but not opening day or anything. If early reviews are bad I’ll wait for the DVD from the library haha.

        • Ohhhh looow. Hahaha. Dvd from the library is as low as you can go. Not worth any money at all haha. Some of me is wondering why I bought rogue one and if I only did it for my reputation. Which is sad but probably the truth. With Disney spitting out so many movies, I need to start being more picky.

          • Hahaha that is pretty low. But I’m sure I’ll find something to like about the movie; it is Star Wars, after all, and there are plenty of parts in the prequels I like, and I own all those, too. And I own plenty of terrible Star Wars books! Even The Crystal Star hahaha.

            At some point, with so many SW movies, I’m sure one will flop. Neither TFA or R1 were grand slams, though I enjoyed both. I won’t be bothered if the Han Solo movie is bad, but I guess I will mostly always be “cautiously optimistic” about SW movies 😀

            • I really liked TFA but I think the only reason is Rey. If we took Rey out of the movie, I think I’d feel like…it was good but many flaws. I still see the flaws of course but my love for the character Ray is almost blinding. If they eff her up in TLJ I’ll be so sad.

  5. Soooooooooo I love everything about this post. Honestly I’m not sure what I could add that you didn’t already say. From the get go I wasn’t too excited about this film, and while I have a lot of respect for Ron Howard and believe he will do a good job, my interest is still not there. I am certainly willing to be convinced, I mean who knows perhaps trailers will sway me and get me jazzed for it. But I’m just otherwise having a hard time caring about seeing a Han Solo film and am not planning to see it when it comes out. Eventually, yes, but opening weekend, naw.

    • Same here. I haven’t spoken to one star wars fan who seems to be genuinely excited and thinks it’s a good idea. Which baffles even because I feel like they’re making this movie for the lighter fans but… Why do that? It will hurt them in the long run.

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