Han Solo: A Smuggler’s Trade – A Star Wars Fan Film

I know that there are a lot of fan made films out there.  Some are excellent, some are rather cheesy, but fun. Honestly I would love to watch them all, but it is a matter of priorities and time.  Every now and then one fan made film slips through that really nails it.

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Someone recently posted this video, Han Solo: A Smugglers Trade. The title and image displayed  on the posting really caught my attention. When I initially saw the image I thought that it was the first trailer for the upcoming  young Han Solo movie. Than I realized that it was a fan made film.  Being a huge fan of  Harrison Ford and the Star Wars films  I immediately clicked on the link.  Wow, what a pleasant surprise!  Jamie Costa portrays Han Solo and he is superb. He looks like a combination of a young Harrison Ford mixed with a young Kurt Russell. He really has many of Harrison Ford’s mannerisms down.  The short film captures the feel and look of the Star Wars movies, even down to the soundtrack.

I do not want to give away the story, but this was an absolute pleasure to watch.  Kudos to those responsible for this short film.  A lot of love and passion, as well as skill, went into this production. The Force is indeed strong with this one.

The Force?

It’s official, mediocrity sells.  That’s not news to many of us. What am I speaking of?  Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now the #1 movie of all time in America.  The tickets sold have passed the $800 million mark!  If it continues on it’s current pace it will soon be the all time #1 movie worldwide. Just from a pure numbers stand point, what this movie is doing is incredible. Not bad for a so so movie.

I have spent most of my life as a big fan of the Star Wars movies.  Over the years I have seen them, especially The Empire Strikes Back, countless times.  I was fortunate enough as a young boy to have seen Star Wars in 1977, quite an experience.  I have seen The Force Awakens and it was my intention to return to the theater the following week or two and watch it again.  However, it just hasn’t happened.  I do not feel compelled to return for a second veiwing, at this time.  Did I enjoy The Force Awakens?  Yes I did, overall it was a fun sci fi adventure movie.  However, it really didn’t stay with me after it was over.  The movie came across a bit hollow, the overall story a bit tired and most of the new characters fell flat.  As inept as The Phantom Menace was it left more of an impression on me.  Qui-Gon Jinn, Darth Maul and a young Obi-Won Kenobi were all great additions to the Star Wars universe. When The Force Awakens dvd is released later this year I am sure that I will buy it.  Despite my so so feeling I am eager too see the sequel, but I will manage my expections.

This is all just the opinions of one lone Star Wars fan whose life was changed, A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. For now Star Wars: Episode 7 is ruling the galaxy. Apparently the force is strong with this one and it has awakened a lot of fans to spend a ton of money.  But it almost feels like someone pulled a Jedi mind trick and convinced people that this was a great movie.