Definitely Not A Solo Effort
♦ Tripwire’s editor-in-chief JOEL MEADOWS takes a look at The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story, out now from Abrams
The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Writer: Phil Szostak
Forewords: Neil Lamont and James Clyne
This art of book is the fourth Star Wars art of book since the Disney era began. Solo has been getting a little bit of stick since it came out in the cinema the end of last month but I really didn’t mind it. The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story tells the behind the scenes story of how the film’s key scenes and key characters were conceptualised and created. It goes through the film, scene-by-scene and Szostak has assembled an impressive selection of interviews with the key players from the film.
Creating a backstory for an existing film character does throw up a series of challenges for the production team on a film like Solo and Szostak has managed to piece together the genesis and execution of this film with cohesion and clarity. We do get to see the thinking behind the major set pieces and characters like young Solo, Q’ira and Donald Glover as Lando Calrissian. As with all of these books, it is hard to pick out particularly talented artists as a film like this would not exist without the efforts of hundreds of illustrators but people like Ian McCaig, Ryan Church, Glyn Dillon, James Clyne, Adam Brockbank and Jack Dudman create some of the more notable art reproduced here.
For those people who enjoyed the film, The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the perfect compliment showing off the skill and imagination of those people who brought its concepts to the big screen. For people who are fascinated by the behind the scenes workings of a huge film like this, it offers a range of insights and commentary. In some ways, it is the best of Abrams’ Art Of books in recent years because it feels like you really get into the minds of the production team on Solo. The reproduction here is very strong, with a good mix of larger and smaller images, using the landscape hardcover format well.
The Art Of Solo: A Star Wars Story is well worth picking up for fans of Star Wars and even those with a passing interest in Star Wars.
The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is out now