I got to be honest here. I wasn’t a huge fan of Rogue One and I probably won’t see the new Han Solo spin-off film when it comes out either. That isn’t to say that nobody should see them. If you can find enjoyment in something I can’t, more power to you. But I just don’t like it. I love the originals and even The Force Awakens was pretty great. When it comes to the core series, I’m all over it. But this new Marvel-style “Universification” of everything, where movies are just one facet of an overarching story, seems exhausting to me.
Rogue One had its problems. The pacing was kind of bad, the characters were boring, and for some reason they thought Darth Vader should make a pun about choking people. WHY WOULD YOU HAVE THE DARK LORD OF THE SITH MAKING PUNS?!?! But I digress. For all of the Star Wars spin-off’s problems, they seem to be insignificant next the problems of the new Han Solo stand-alone film.
The original directors of the film, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, whose biggest accomplishments up to this point were The Lego Movie and 21 Jump Street, seem to have a fast-and-loose style that infuriated Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy and Screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan. According to Vanity Fair, the pair spent a day shooting a scene with only three camera setups rather than the “12 to 15 that Lucasfilm expected.” This wasn’t the only problem however. The pair would routinely encourage improvisation on set, something that greatly annoyed Kasdan who painstakingly crafted the script. So naturally, as all great movies have done in the past, the original directors were fired after months of shooting, and the reins were handed over to Ron Howard to finish up some shooting, reshoots, and post-production. And if that wasn’t enough, Film Execs at Lucasfilm weren’t crazy about Alden Ehrenreich’s acting, prompting them to bring on an acting coach after months of shooting with Ehrenreich as the titular character.
“May the force… Uh… Line?”
All of these problems and shake-ups that have plagued this film’s production has taken what was, to me, an already unappealing film, and turned it into a multi-million-dollar disaster that I would be surprised if anyone paid money to see. Not even Woody Harrelson and Donald Glover, both of which have been with the project since the beginning, could save this ship from sinking.
Of course, I could be wrong and the entire thing turns out great. What do I know?