Solo: A Star Wars Story is an origin tale cloaked in shades of grey

Han Solo backstory tells of an early romance and how he meets Chewbacca and smuggler Lando Calrissian, as well as reflects the character's moral ambiguity

In the original Star Wars trilogy (1977 to 1983), good and evil are often clearly signposted, from Darth Vader's skull-like black helmet to Princess Leia's virginal white robes.

But the latest instalment - Solo: A Star Wars Story - offers more shades of grey as it dives into the backstory of one of the franchise's most beloved and morally ambiguous characters: Han Solo.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 24, 2018, with the headline 'Origin story cloaked in shades of grey'. Print Edition | Subscribe