Well.. it probably goes without saying Im very nervous about this movie.
On a personal level, this is a pet peeve of mine way before Star Wars.. Ive always disliked different actors playing the same character..it absolutely destroys my willful suspension of disbelief. Full disclosure, there are 2 exceptions to this rule.. the 2 Darrens in "Bewitched" dont bother me and I dont know why, and the 2 Dumbledore"s dont bother me and I dont know why in that case either. Other than that, its the quickest way in a movie to annoy (except just simply not making a good movie following at least the basics of story telling rules).
Beyond that , man.. you fire the two directors that should have never have been hired in the first place and then get a very well respected but very conventional and safe director to save your film.. it means you KNOW youre in trouble and screwed up.
Its increasingly obvious that we are going to mostly be making fan service type films I fear the movie is just going to be heavy handed with wink wink moments..
We can assume that instead of exploring what it means to be a scoundrel in the Star Wars galaxy, why Han is Han.. we are going to get a story that mostly serves as a way to explain:
- how he got his blaster
- the stripes on his pants (I was recently made aware that in the EU even this had to have an explanation...)
*his relationship with Greedo
- we will actually see him dump the cargo that got him into debt with Jabba
- the Kessel Run will be made in 12 parsecs (bonus points if its actually Lando at the controls when it does since the original quote was that that SHIP made the Run in 12 parsecs)
- how the Falcon is won.
I have a vague idea that making the Kessel Run in 12 parsecs will be some part of the conclusion...
So we will have this problem where Star Wars will again feel very small.. every feature of Han Solo will have a trite explanation that all started within a week of each... It will actually share a lot of the faults I find in the third Indiana Jones movie: everything about Indy happened one day when he was a teenager (played by an actor that my mind doesnt accept..).
The movies are being guided by really proficient, good people who really love Star Wars, its obvious. But they arent epic.. they arent epic in themes, they arent dealing with the universals.. they are making things mundane. Its cool to have a bit of fan service, but fans dont actually know what they want. They will like a movie that has everything they thought they wanted in a movie.. but what they would actually like more is if someone had the courage to make something creative that paid attention to the more esoteric elements that really make Star Wars special.
If they are going to make mundane films that explore the greater Star Wars galaxy, and I get that..and until really recent was excited for those.. then I think they should explore the lesser known things that wont contradict things so much or make things feel less real.