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  • by Jeff Beck

The First Trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story Has Arrived

At long last, the first trailer for the hotly-anticipated "Solo: A Star Wars Story" has arrived, and I think it's safe to say that the results are decidedly mixed.

After hearing about all of the trouble that the film has been having (the original directors getting fired, most of the film having to be re-shot, an acting coach getting called in for Alden Ehrenreich, etc.), it seemed like it was doomed to become something of a mess, and while it's far too early to pass judgment, just based on the trailer, it's not exactly looking like something that's going to knock everyone's socks off.

I think the biggest problem I'm having with it is Ehrenreich's flat delivery of his dialogue, which lends some weight towards those rumors of him needing an acting coach. Perhaps we're just not getting his best moments in this brief 90-second trailer? There's also the fact that the first "Star Wars" spinoff, "Rogue One," turned out to be a major disappointment, and while it's true that this latest entry has been made by a different director and writers, it's hard to shake the feeling that this is just another unnecessary attempt to add more backstory to the franchise.

However, there are a few reasons to be optimistic. After all, Ron Howard is an incredible director, so perhaps he was able to pull this thing together into a fun adventure, and it's co-written by Lawrence Kasdan, who gave us "Raiders of the Lost Ark" and "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back." That's on top of having a cast that includes Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, and Donald Glover, so there is still some hope that this will turn out well. We'll just have to wait and see.

"Solo: A Star Wars Story" opens in theaters on May 25th, 2018.

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