Updated: Jan 20, 2019
Thanks to Walt Disney Home Entertainment for a complimentary copy of the film for the purposes of this essay.
As mentioned in narrow details with our coverage of the box office for the film, Solo: A Star Wars Story was intended to be a ricochet success for the Disney age of Star Wars, allowing divided fans to unite over seeing one of cinema’s greatest icons be portrayed in their younger years. Unfortunately, judging by the poor financial reception with a shocking 392 million at the worldwide box office, the film ultimately ended up doing anything but. Coming off 2017’s most controversial and discussed film, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it was clear that Kathleen Kennedy, head of Lucasfilm, was antsy about the progress of Solo, even leading her to fire the original directors: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. The production became messy and soon the entire community of fans were glaring the film with utter appeasement.
Many argue that Solo became such a devastating financial backfire due to the fans out crying that they didn’t want an incarnation of the character that didn’t involve Harrison Ford. And while this notion was disproved for actually causing any financial disruption in our exclusive box office analysis report published on Sunday, it’s certainly unavoidable that it was a common complaint of the Star Wars community, one of the most passionate communities of fans that can be found in the entire world. Immediately from the start, actor Alden Ehrenreich, noteworthy for his role in 2016’s Hail Caesar, was immediately flooded with controversy before fans were even able to see a first image of the character. Analysts of the film industry have suspected that it may have been the sheer brilliance of Harrison Ford’s performance and how it is so firmly connected to how the character is portrayed. However, the real reason comes from something much simpler-nostalgia.
When it was first released theatrically in 1997, the original film, Star Wars, became an iconic classic thanks to Lucas’ brilliant characterization and portrayal of three exceptionally charming characters, including Harrison Ford as Han Solo.