While the rest of us are still waiting to see The Force Awakens, as the calendar refuses to move any faster because it hates me, the first few people with an inside track have actually had a chance to see the movie already. One of those people is Han Solo himself, Harrison Ford. So what did he think of the film? Well he thought everything was great of course.
On one hand, it is to be expected that Ford would say the movie is good, saying the opposite, even if it were true is not usually how one promotes a film. If Disney thought he was going to say negative things they’d never let him give interviews, still the praise for the film is there, even if it’s focused on a particular aspect of the finished product.
It was great. It's a wonderful movie. It's got great production values. It's a real big movie, and I was delighted to see it.
Seeing Harrison Ford only talk about the scope of the film, rather than talking about it’s emotional weight or gripping story might cause some fans to be slightly worried. It’s important to note that the question Ford was actually answering on Good Morning America was specifically in regards to the experience of watching the finished film, not the film itself. While the quality of the movie is part of the experience, the production value has a lot to do with how watching the movie feels.
Harrison Ford has not hesitated previously to sing the praises of the movie itself. Last month on Jimmy Kimmel Live Ford was more than happy to say the movie was "really good" and call out the performances of all the new cast members as great.
Part of the reason that Harrison Ford may really like this new movie is that there’s a bit more for him to do in it. Ford has previously made comments that Han Solo was not the greatest character for him to play in the original trilogy, and he was happy when it was over, but he seems to be happy with what the new film does with our favorite smuggler.
He's got a more complex story now. A little more of an emotional context than perhaps there was before. But he's still the same guy.
Ford uses the word "delighted" when describing seeing the new movie. This is a good sign as it is exactly the same word that J.J. Abrams has used to describe the kind of movie he was trying to make. Check out the full interview below.
With every day the movie gets closer, and the rest of us take a step toward finally seeing it. IS the movie really going to be as great as we all hope it’s going to be? Are you trying to not get excited. How’s that working out?