Six Dos and Don'ts to Make a Good Han Solo A Good Movie
Before I get started, am I actually excited for a Han Solo origin story? In all honesty, no I am not. Even though I did love The Force Awakens and I think Rogue One looks awesome, I feel like making a movie about a character that the Star Wars franchise has already established could be a mistake. It is something that has happened before and I think we all know that the words “Star Wars” and “prequel” don't go very well together. But, they might be able to pull it off. How you may ask? Here's how:
#1 Do not show us young Han Solo
The movie will be be centered around a much younger Hans Solo, we expect around 24 to 27 judging by the actor set to play him (Alden Ehrenreich). We don't want a 10-year-old Han Solo, even if it's just in a flashback. I believe it will only diminish the character if he is shown as a young boy. Han Solo has always been a very rugged and sometimes mean character, if he was to be shown as a child I could not take him seriously anymore (Young Anakin, anyone?).
#2 No origin story
The great thing about Han Solo is he has always been kind of a mystery. He's like the new kid in school that rides a motorcycle and gets suspended on his first day. I don't care about where he came from or who his parents are, I just want to hang out with him because he's cool. Start the film after well after he already met Chewbacca and already owns the Millennium Falcon. He has always been the sweet talker and Chewie has always been the muscle, and that's what we want to see.
#3 Make it a heist film
First, I want to talk about the Fast And Furious franchise. These movies are only getting better. My personal favorite is 2 Fast 2 Furious (I know that the best one is Fast Five). Not only did they add Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, they made them less campy and more action-packed, entertaining movies while putting some stakes in them. Now imagine that but in space. It would make for a solid movie. Imagine Han and Chewie hired to rob a cargo ship and try to take it for themselves along with the money they already were paid with. Show us the characters we know them for, as smugglers with only one thing in mind: Money!
#4 Don't connect it to the Star Wars Universe
This kind of follows the “don't make it a origin” story point. We don't need references to the other things like Jedi, Sith, or even the Rebel Alliance. Make it it's own standalone movie. The only character from previous films beside Chewie that should be there is Jabba the Hut. This is a Han Solo movie not a Star Wars movie.
#5 DON'T MAKE IT A TRILOGY!!!!!!
This is probably the most important point on the list. The Hangover could've been the greatest comedy of all time if it wasn't for parts two and three to completely taint that first movie. Unfortunately, this could happen with Han Solo because that seems to be the way movies are done now. Does anybody really think Now You See Me deserved the sequel? The number 1 may be the loneliest number but sometimes that's a good thing.
#6 Don't Fan Service it
My biggest fear about this movie is it is going to be two and a half hours of him meeting Chewbacca, making the kessel run, saying I've got a bad feeling about this, and making a reference to shooting first. We all know that Han shot first. Show some new stuff, it is set in a galaxy far far away for a reason. Why not take us even farther, maybe to a new star system. Is it really that hard to imagine there are more important people in the universe besides the Skywalkers?
I may not be excited for a Han Solo film, but there is a lot of potential here. I believe with these six points this movie could go from good to GREAT. It all depends on how the creators approach it.
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