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Can Solo Work as a Serious Film?

The first trailer for the Star Wars spinoff plays it safe—far from the sillier tone that reportedly got the movie’s original directors fired.
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The first trailer for the upcoming aspinoff-slash-prequel focused on the legendary Han Solo (now being played by Alden Ehrenreich)—made me instantly think of another iconic blockbuster hero. There’s the famous scene in where Dr. Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) lectures the park’s creator on the foolishness of cloning dinosaurs: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they that they didn’t stop to think if they ,” he proclaims with a sigh. The sentiment applies perfectly to the decision to give viewers a new, young Han Solo while Harrison Ford still walks the planet.  Sure, in the wakefranchise. But was always going to be a risky proposition.

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