Alden Ehrenreich had an almost impossible task in Harrison Ford's shoes in "Solo: A Star Wars Story."
In a video meant to be viral, Alden Ehrenreich was interrupted in the middle of a recent TV interview by Harrison Ford, who jokingly said he should "get out of my life." The gag is simple: Ehrenreich has stepped in for the latest Star Wars Story in the footsteps of one of Ford's most famous and beloved characters: he plays Han Solo, and Ford does not always have his love for the character or the Star Wars Expressed Franchise, it's still one of his greatest claims to fame. This jocular moment speaks to what may have been the greatest concern of . Solo: A Star Wars Story ̵
The short answer is "not really". Ehrenreich is as good as possible in Solo but there is never a point where his portrayal becomes as convincing as a natural extension of character in which we all fall in love with the original Star Wars trilogy. Ehrenreich does not try to make a perfect imitation of Ford, but sounds a bit more ragged and rough than in his comic turn in the Coen brothers Hail, Caesar! Yet, though Ehrenreich personifies as well as he can, the larger-than-life character and actor, there's just too much excitement in performance and character, so much so that it feels odd with Ford's well-known, dismissive attitude toward Han Solo. It's strange that such denial can lead to such a great performance, but that's an important part of what makes Han so intriguing.
To be fair, Alden Ehrenreich always had a tough fight, as any young actor Han Solo would play. A decade ago, we almost had the torch between Ford and a young actor in the Indiana Jones franchise. But Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull Kingdom were both not a big favorite with critics and audiences, and it even ended, without allowing Indy to pass the Fedora and whip on his long-lost son, played by Shia La Beouf. LaBeouf, even in his most charming manner, would not cut the same kind of heroic figure as Ehrenreich did in Solo . Part of it speaks Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan. Although the older Kasdan has a long association with the original trilogy, the version of Han Solo we meet here never feels like the forgotten cynic that Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalker meet in the world Mos Eisley cantina
When we first meet him, Han is a grubby young man, but much more confident, even after losing Qi (Emilia Clarke), the young woman who grew up with him on the rough planet of Corellia is. Throughout the film, even after spending years in the Empire to become a great pilot, Han has more energy and enthusiasm than in any of the original Star Wars films, despite the events of solo takes place only a few years earlier A new hope . Solo ends with Han winning Lando Calrissian's Millennium Falcon and going to Tattooine to work with a gangster who is never mentioned by name, but Jabba the Hutt.) Ehrenreich does not feel like Harrison Ford in this movie, but then the script does not give the actor any material that would match the character we know and love.
The contrast of the performances is no stronger than in the banter between Han and Lando, as described by Donald Glover. Glover, much more than Ehrenreich, embodies his character to the point where his line readings sound unmistakably like those of Billy Dee Williams. In short, Glover does something closer to a successful look, along with some of the film's best materials. Ehrenreich, probably wise, does not try to repeat Ford in his line readings, but it only shows how different his performance is when compared to Glover's interpretation of Williams's performance.
But could every young actor have played Han Solo successfully? Apart from some superficial reviews – Ford is a bit bigger than Ehrenreich, and this movie does not try to hide the younger actor's size – Ehrenreich had an impossible task ahead of him. Few actors in modern film history are as popular as Harrison Ford; while Ehrenreich tries to make his Han feel like Ford (as if the young Han fiercely points his finger at the Ford), it can not measure. This is the case with Solo: A Star Wars Story that may end with the promise of another story from Young Han Solo, but simply feels like a single and promising prospect because Harrison Ford appears as Han Solo so unique, so impossible to duplicate. Some things are best left alone.