It’s been a long week already. A long month. A loooooong 2016. So let’s knock off early today with the fashion analysis — I mean, honestly, my last post knocked off before it even started — and just talk about Star Wars. Specifically, the official arrival of Young Han Solo:
I admit, my knowledge of Alden Ehrenreich is limited. I watched Beautiful Creatures on a plane, and … let’s just say that, while Alden was not great in that one, the movie’s problems extend FAR FAR beyond him and an Oscar-caliber performance from him would not have helped. Sometimes when the ship is going down, it takes everyone with it, you know? He had a very small role in Blue Jasmine, in which he was completely fine (the tepidness of the compliment is just because it WAS a glancing role, at least from what I recall), and was most recently lauded as the runaway savior of Hail Caesar, a movie I didn’t see because Intern George neglected to plan or attend our movie night.
All of which is to say: It’s probably GOOD that I’m not bringing a ton of Alden Ehrenreich baggage into this movie, because it gives him a much better chance of sliding into an iconic role. Although I’ll give him this: He appears to be growing out his hair to resemble the flowing locks on the Han Solo we first met, and that does help with the vibe. What are your feelings? Did you have a Han Solo in mind already, and was it him? Would you have preferred a familiar face, or a total unknown? Is a Young Han Solo movie even a good idea in the first place, or is it an easy trap you hoped the Star Wars franchise would avoid? Let us bury our heads in talk of a galaxy far, far away.