It was a sparsely-watched Super Bowl this year, as only 103.4 million people watched the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Patriots in order to win their first championship on Sunday. To say the mood in Boston is subdued today is accurate, and we're now starting to slowly arise from the hangovers that came after everybody drank themselves into oblivion last night. Still, there was one aspect of last night's game that didn't disappoint, regardless of which team you were rooting for: the small previews for Hollywood's largest summer offerings that were sprinkled amongst shitty commercials for Tide and Ram trucks like specks of gold in a muddy river. Here's our ranking of this year's Super Bowl trailers from worst to best, with appearances from the cast of the original Cloverfield, Tom Cruise, The Rock, a bunch of dinosaurs and a young Han Solo amongst many more.
Solo: A Star Wars Story
This trailer had to do so much: It had to convince an eager audience of mild fans and regular people that they could be interested in a prequel about Han Solo’s past, it had to convince the hardcore fans that it wouldn’t be a waste of time after all the behind the scenes trouble, and it had to completely re-write the narrative for the press at large. Well, it did all of those things. This is probably the most visually interesting Star Wars film that we’ve had since the start of the Disney era, and there’s just so many cool fucking things in this preview — Han standing off with a gang on Corellia, Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) and Lando (Donald Glover) in the pristine and beautiful Falcon, Woody Harrelson as Han’s gangster mentor and his weird charisma, and Chewie’s new (old, we guess) look. That shot of the Falcon doing the Kessel Run at the end of the full-length teaser is just stone-cold fucking awesome, and we’re going to say it: Alden Ehrenreich is on-the-fucking-money casting. He’s just nailing the things that make Han quintessentially Han. Color us excited for Memorial Day; we’re very hopeful about this one.