Solo: A Star Wars Story is only a few days away and it looks like it’s going to be a divisive one. Currently standing at a 70% on Rotten Tomatoes and a relatively low score of 6.2/10 of IMDb, trepidation isn’t enough to capture the feelings towards the release of the film. Director Ron Howard himself agrees on this and expects this latest instalment in the beloved Star Wars franchise to cause some controversy.
Speaking to the Press Association of Independent.ie, he stated:
“This movie does (take risks), it doesn’t have The Force, it’s not about a war, it really focuses on a single character for the first time, which is this right of passage, defining, adventure story about Han Solo”
The Oscar-winning filmmaker, known for his work in films like A Beautiful Mind and Apollo 13, took over after Phil Lord and Chris Miller got fired from the production due to creative differences. A lot has been said about that which has undoubtedly worried fans and it seems that those worries are starting to make themselves clear. Howard further added:
“I’m sure that Solo will be controversial for some people because it’s sort of a different Star Wars movie.
This is going to be an interesting turnout and it’s going to be amusing to see how fans would react to the film. Last year’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi earned critical acclaim but fans were divided on the quality of the film evidenced by the 91% critics score on RT and the 46% audience score.
It would be presumptuous to assume that Solo would not be a good film, if anything it only indicates that it’ll be different unlike another massive Disney owned film property. Now, that’s not a knock at Marvel but it’s clear that Star Wars is trying to defy expectations of fans from what they consider a Star Wars film. After all, didn’t some fans complain that Star Wars: The Force Awakens was TOO MUCH like the previous films?
Nonetheless, there have been plenty of divisive films that have captured an audience from comic book adaptations like Watchmen to Oscar contenders such as Inherent Vice. One may forget that at the time of its release, The Empire Strikes Back was met with mixed reception.