Monday Movie Memo: What The Expendables 3 Taught Me About Star Wars 7

By Sean O'Connell 2014-08-18 11:37:58discussion comments
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One franchise shouldn't have anything to do with the other. But every time Harrison Ford graced the big screen as a member of The Expendables 3, I cringed thinking about the lackluster, half-hearted performance he might be bringing to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII.

Ford’s indifference, particularly in tentpoles, has been an issue for years now. And Ford’s specific indifference for the Star Wars trilogy has been unavoidable. In the back of my mind, I feared all of this talk about Han Solo anchoring the next Star Wars movie, primarily because I feared a 72-year-old actor wouldn’t be up to it any longer. Not that Ford couldn’t bring Han Solo’s devil-may-care attitude back to the screen. More like Ford just wouldn’t want to do it anymore.

Seeing him shuffle lazily though The Expendables 3 heightened my already sensitive concerns. Am I alone?



No need to fear? You might be right. Maybe Harrison Ford is beyond anxious to get back into the Millennium Falcon and bring one of his signature roles back to the big screen. But maybe he’s faking injuries to "miss work," so to speak. Who knows?

Weigh in below, and tell me if the Han Solo we know and love is raring for a comeback, or if that persona now exists in another galaxy (our memory), far far away.
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