Back when directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were hired to take on the standalone Han Solo film, it did raise a few eyebrows. While the two are very talented directors, they were mainly known for their work in comedy. All you need to do is look at their body of work: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie, and the pilot for Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Clearly, these are guys who know what they’re doing, but it’d be hard not to think of them as comedy directors, first and foremost.
More recently, the pair were fired as directors of Han Solo, and from everything we’ve heard, it was because they were turning the character of Han Solo into a much funnier one than he should have been. Taking the helm from this point forward is Ron Howard, but don’t think that because Lord and Miller are gone that the comedy has left with them.
Speaking with ET, co-star Woody Harrelson praised the lead actor, Alden Ehrenreich, saying:
“He’s a great actor and a great guy, [with a] great sense of humor. I think a lot of humor comes through what he’s doing. I think it could be one of the funnier Star Wars movies.”
Granted, Star Wars isn’t exactly known for its biting sense of humor, so saying that Han Solo is one of the funnier Star Wars movies isn’t saying a whole lot. Yes, they have their funny moments, but it’s hardly the core of what makes Star Wars Star Wars.
That being said, it’s nice to see that Ehrenreich’s take on Han Solo is receiving praise, and that it’s his general mannerisms that bring about the comedy. This seems to imply that it won’t be so much that they’re going for the jokes as much as they present themselves in the scenario. My mind goes to that scene in A New Hope when Han is chasing those Stormtroopers down the hallway, only to scream and turn around when they stop around the corner. That’s the type of laughs I hope to see in the new film. My only hope now is that the comedy is still in keeping with the character that’s already been established, which sounds like is what the main concern was with Lord and Miller.
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