Remember Christmas Day last year? When you shoved your elderly grandma out of your way as she toddled along towards the tree? You remember. There was that Facebook notification that the first “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer had dropped. Then, as the ruins of Imperial Battleships scanned into focus, you wept tears of joy, realizing the holiest sequel to a prequel of a trilogy was finally to be reborn unto to Earth?
How about the first time you saw this?
Looked pretty cool, didn’t it? There’s light sabers, a spry puppet Yoda, dogfights, droids and that really funny alien-looking creature that gets his head stuck in some sort of space age “Ben-Hur” contraption! He’s sure to be a laugh riot!
You were wrong. We were all wrong.
While this trailer is unbelievably awesome, “Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace” is the only film now entirely omitted from the nerd-cherished “Machete” (IV, V, II, III, VI) Order. Why? Because it’s bad and it doesn’t matter. Here’s hoping the same thing doesn’t happen to the upcoming — and newly announced — Han Solo spinoff film, set to be helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller (“21 Jump Street,” “The LEGO Movie”).
Han Solo is an iconic hero and of course we’re excited about learning what the beef is between him and the equally iconic Boba Fett. There’s also no other team out there better suited for the challenge than Lord and Miller. They are insanely talented, hilarious directors who have delivered a few of the freshest titles of the past few years. They like working with Chris Pratt. Chris Pratt is basically Harrison Ford. This all makes sense.
Even before origin stories were the biggest trend in Hollywood, we were being promised the scintillating beginnings of one of the most beloved characters of all time. So before you go getting your hopes up about the new Phil Lord/Chris Miller Han Solo story, remember what they did to Vader.