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Where [Donald] Glover had me completely convinced that he would age into Billy Dee Williams, I never quite got that same vibe from [Alden] Ehrenreich, that he would age into Harrison Ford. (I did get the vibe that he might age into Karl Urban.) He has the Han Solo smile and the Han Solo arrogance, but not quite the Han Solo personality. It’s probably never more evident than in the line where he talks about the landing gear maneuver he learned from a friend, who died while doing it. Harrison Ford would’ve nailed that line, but Ehrenreich’s delivery simply did not, er, land. (Sorry…)
But the script doesn’t do him any favors, either. We don’t get nearly enough of an impression of Han’s life on Correllia because the movie is far more interested in showing us a spectacularly uninteresting land speeder chase instead. It’s not the most boring “car” chase in a Star Wars film, as that place of dishonor is still held by the early scenes of Attack of the Clones, but it’s right down there. And that was time that could’ve been spent actually showing what Han is supposed to be escaping, and why he wants to go. Instead, we get lots of people telling us how bad Correllia is, and also a car chase that has me bored before we’re ten minutes into the movie.