Star Wars: Solo

Solo: A Star Wars Story, or simply Solo, is a 2018 American epic space Western film directed by Ron Howard and based on the Star Wars character, Han Solo.

It is the second of the Star Wars anthology films, following 2016’s Rogue One. A stand-alone installment set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, it explores the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, who also meet a young Lando Calrissian, as they are involved in a heist within the criminal underworld.

The film stars Alden Ehrenreich as Solo, alongside Woody Harrelson, Emilia Clarke, Donald Glover, Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Joonas Suotamo, and Paul Bettany.

This is a big budget space adventure. Where the first trilogy was about mythic tropes (the hero’s journey), this is just a big adventure.

It is surprisingly dark in colour. Where the second trilogy has lots of day-glo colours, this is darker than any previous films. There is a lot of characters in shadows, dark halls and underground. A bit more light would have helped.