For 41 years, people have celebrated “Star Wars” for its political statements against totalitarianism, it’s embracing of Daoist philosophy and it’s epic sci-fi fantasy battles that rage across the a galaxy far far away, but most people don’t really recognize the fact that “A New Hope” borrowed many stylistic themes from Hollywood’s classic westerns.
The desert farm boy looking out into the setting sun longing for adventure, the rouge band of misfits using their wits to stay two steps ahead of the law, and the cavalier desperado who always shoots first and asks questions later (they ALWAYS shoot first).
Many scenes in the trailer are littered with even more western style imagery. Such as a shot of Han keeping his hand ready to draw his blaster in what appears to be a set up for a fast draw, a bar-like setting featuring a young Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) at a card table, and Han (Alden Ehrenreich), Chewie and their motley crew duking it out with stormtroopers on top of a speeding train. Consequently, this scene, along with much of the dialogue in the trailer, seems to indicate that the movie’s plot will revolve around some kind of heist.
Another first in this trailer was our official introduction of Glover as Lando. While the multi-talented artist/comedian/actor has been in previous trailers, this was the first time we were graced with a speaking role, and it is a safe bet that he will not disappoint audiences with his portrayal of the iconic character. In the few scenes he was in, Glover was able to to blend comedy, suavity and wit in one package.
However, despite everything good that this trailer radiates, there is plenty of rot beneath the surface that is a cause for alarm for many Star Wars fans.
For starters, there was the issue with Lucasfilm replacing the directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller over “creative differences” with Ron Howard, which prompted many last minute re-shoots. These differences have been attributed to the fact that Lord and Miller have typically directed comedies, not sci-fi epics, unlike Ron Howard who has a pretty wide range of movies under his belt.
These directing problems were further exacerbated with rumors that Ehrenreich was having difficulty emulating the style of Harrison Ford’s swagger, prompting the studio to hire Ehrenreich an onset acting coach. It is reported that while he was hesitant at first, Ehrenreich eventually did respond well to the coaching and that the cast and crew received a massive boost in moral from Howard’s direction.
Even with positive reports coming in though, behind the scenes trouble is never good news for a movie and a new trailer rarely can ausage fears about that. However, if the trailer turns out to be a good indication for what we have in store for the next installment in the “Star Wars” franchise, then it looks like we might be in for a fun ride.