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Solo: The First Bomb of the Star Wars Franchise

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Many people were already expecting Solo to have a disappointing opening. However, the performance has fallen far below expectations. Many people were expecting a little more than $100 million and it has performed below that. This is showing a lot of things for the industry. One thing that it is showing is that production troubles can have an effect on the overall quality of the film, and it is often a bad effect. Another thing that it is showing is that fans are not going to just take anything with the name “Star Wars” slapped on it. Audiences demand good storytelling and a compelling concept.

 

Solo: A Star Wars Story is expected to bomb at the box office since it did not have a strong opening. The reception of the film has not been the warmest either compared to other films such as Avengers: Infinity War and Deadpool 2. Perhaps this is a call for the people in charge of the Star Wars franchise to sit down and look at what they are doing. They have already had to deal with the disappointment that was The Last Jedi.

 

One thing that they have to realize is that people are going to take a previous movie of the franchise and factor that into their anticipation of the next installment. One example is the success of Avengers: Infinity War. People are going to be very excited for the next Avengers film because of how well Infinity War turned out to be. The Last Jedi has disappointed audiences and left them a little weary of Star Wars as a franchise. Solo has made it even worse for the franchise. It is highly likely that even if Star Wars IX is a really good movie, it is not going to have a strong opening.

 

When Studios Should Back Up and Let The Creative Team Work

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There are plenty of bad movies being made to this day. A lot of them are very disappointing for reasons that should’ve been taken care of a long time ago. This reason is studio interference. One would think that with incidences like Alien 3, Blade Runner and other studio films that they would learn their lesson. However, as Solo: A Star Wars Story shows, this is not the case. There are still tons of films where studios barge in and mess with the production. They often do it for the most ridiculous of reasons. However, their decisions a lot of times tarnish what might’ve been a decent film.

 

With Alien 3, the studios have done a number on the film. What was released was a very disappointing follow up to Aliens. Then a little more than 10 years later, an assembly cut of the film was released, and many would agree that it is vastly superior to the theatrical release. As a matter of fact, it was on par with the first two films. A similar thing was said about Batman V Superman. The director’s cut was vastly superior to the theatrical release. Another fact to look at is that with some of the most successful films like The Dark Knight, the creative team was given free reign.

 

While some of the examples are strong indicators that a studio should back off and let the creative team handle the production of a film, there have been cases where studio suggestions might have actually improved the film. One example is Mad Max: Fury Road. The studio heads looked at an early cut of the film and liked what they saw. They then ordered reshoots for the film.

Director Change Couldn’t Save Solo: It Probably Even Hurt It

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Many fans are aware of the troubled production which Solo went through. They were also aware of the director changes that have been made. One of the interesting aspects of this story was that the directors who started on the film were responsible for the success of The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street. Therefore, they were a logical choice to bring the character of Han Solo to life for his own solo outing. However, there were a lot of creative differences and other production troubles that occurred which has resulted in the firing of the directors and the replacement with Ron Howard.

 

Given that this was a last minute decision, Ron Howard had the task of reshooting almost the whole film. The result was a film that was very disappointing. This goes to show that when making films, it is important to make sure that everyone is on the same page. It is also important to avoid rushing the production. One thing that is very disappointing about this is that this is more common than one would like to admit. Other projects that have been messed up because of creative differences were Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, with the director change happening with Justice League.

 

Solo has been released in theaters to disappointing reception. There might be talk about an alternate version that has been mostly shot with the original directors. However, Solo was probably never going to be a big time Star Wars film like the other films before it including Rogue One. Solo: A Star Wars Story is now playing in theaters with Star Wars Episode IX getting ready for filming.

 

Mixed Reaction to Solo: A Star Wars Trailer Release

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Solo: A Star Wars Story has been wrapped in secrecy for an unusually long time. Other Star Wars events like Rogue One, The Last Jedi, and even the original Star Wars back in 1977 has had announcements and trailers released at least almost a half of a year in advance of its release. Solo is supposed to be released on Memorial day weekend and it is a mere 5 months before its release before a trailer finally gets released. The teaser for the trailer is finally released and the reactions to the trailer are mixed at best. People are finding themselves to be concerned for the portrayal of young Han Solo.

One thing that people have been saying about Han Solo is that he does not have the voice, the charisma, or any of the other qualities that Harrison Ford had from the first moment he stepped into the role. There are a few theories. For one thing, Han Solo is supposed to be in his late teens or early twenties. People often do not grow into their own until they reach their later twenties. A lot of people also said that Harrison Ford as Han Solo in The Force Awakens was not the Han Solo they knew from the Star Wars Trilogy. This could be due to age and experience.

The teaser to Solo: A Star Wars Story has shown some other characters. Among the other actors that were showcased in Solo was Donald Glover who was recognizable as Lando Calrissian. He might be the one person that steals the show in the film. After all, Lando was a charming character in The Empire Strikes Back. However, he has taken a backseat in Return of the Jedi.