‘The Mandalorian’ Review: Disney’s First Worthy Star Wars Story

‘The Mandalorian’ Review: Disney’s First Worthy Star Wars Story

By Akhil Rajani10 April, 2020 3 min read
‘The Mandalorian’ Review: Disney’s First Worthy Star Wars Story
A Fun Show For Star Wars Fans
85%Overall Score

A story set in the Star Wars universe in the time between the events of Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, Disney+’s flagship series, The Mandalorian follows the titular bounty hunter’s adventures across the galaxy, armed with his wits and arsenal of weapons. Each episode in the show tells a unique story. However, they all add up to a larger narrative.

The baby and the bounty hunter

Pedro Pascal does an excellent job as the Mandalorian. The show made the bold choice of putting the recognisable face from Game of Thrones and Narcos behind a mask as a faceless bounty hunter. His character is mostly silent, his personality coming through from his actions and sparse spoken lines. As a character that kills or captures people for money, he’s not the typical do-gooder hero, seen in a lot of Star Wars movies, but he still manages to be endearing, largely because he protects Baby Yoda. This is no spoiler; everyone who’s been on the internet recently has seen him. Appearing for the first time at the end of the first episode, Baby Yoda is a merchandising goldmine. Adorable and a marvellous combination of CG animation and animatronics, it’s no wonder he made the internet explode with memes.

It’s more than a toy commercial

While Baby Yoda is a great way for Disney to sell toys, anyone who thinks the show is just that would be mistaken. The Mandalorian excels when it comes to building an atmosphere. It features weathered, gritty locations that harken back to the original Star Wars trilogy. The action in each episode is well-directed and exhilarating to watch. The show’s score is the only one in the whole franchise which doesn’t sound like it’s trying to rip off John Williams. Like much of the show’s aesthetic and storytelling style, it has a Western vibe, which goes well with its often deserted planets.

A great supporting cast

The excellent supporting cast – they speak, thankfully – fill in the gaps left by a largely silent protagonist. Taika Waititi voices a droid bounty hunter that’s great fun to watch, Gina Carano is excellent as Cara Dune, a Rebel shock trooper and Carl Weathers is endearing as a bounty hunter contractor.

See the Star Wars world with new eyes

The structure of the show manages to expand very effectively on Star Wars lore in many ways. One example being the way the show gives viewers a look inside the Mandalorian bounty hunting guild, which is kept shrouded in mystery in the major Star Wars films.

The episodic structure of the show makes for a refreshingly low-key viewing experience in a franchise known for grandiose movie plots involving bloodlines, family squabbles and destinies being fulfilled. Viewers are allowed to truly enjoy the greater Star Wars world by exploring familiar locations from the movies, like the desert planet of Tatooine and new ones such as Sargan, a planet inhabited by farmers who are frequently set upon by raiders. Die-hard fans are also treated to easter eggs such as the first on-screen appearance of a Darksaber, a black-bladed lightsaber.

WATCH OR NOT 
The Mandalorian is probably Disney’s most worthy addition to the Star Wars franchise as it excels at adding to the mythos from a unique angle. It has a strong cast of characters and some spaghetti western gunslinging for Star Wars fans and newcomers alike.

Creator: Jon Favreau
Cast:Pedro Pascal, Carl Weathers, Rio Hackford
Seasons: 1 (2020)
Streaming on: Disney+ Hotstar

Tags: #Disney #Hotstar #The Mandalorian
Akhil Rajani
Written by

Akhil Rajani

Akhil was raised by movies, television and the internet. A never-ending source of useless information. He would tell you more, but he was distracted by something shiny.

Trending articles

Exclusive: Vijay Varma Had To Run Away From Home To Be An Actor

Exclusive: Vijay Varma Had To Run Away From Home To Be An Actor

Vijay Varma is sure on a high. The actor has become one of the most sought-after faces in the web series space off late. In the past one year, Varma has given impressive performances in She, Mirzapur 2, A Suitable Boy, and most recently Disney+ Hotstar’s whacky sci-fi comedy series OK Computer.
By Neel Gudka < 1 min read
Mammootty’s Lockdown Blockbuster Is Coming To Amazon Prime Video
Malayalam Movie Article

Mammootty’s Lockdown Blockbuster Is Coming To Amazon Prime Video

Mammootty’s recent outing ‘The Priest‘ is dropping on Amazon Prime Video this Vishu and the audience who couldn’t catch up with it on the big screen are quite excited. The film garnered praise for its performances, making and background music. As you are warming up to watch the film on April 14, here are some of the things to look forward to – 
By Devisree Jayakumari 2 min read
Netflix Is Giving Us The Chaser To ‘Wild Wild Country’ We All Need

Netflix Is Giving Us The Chaser To ‘Wild Wild Country’ We All Need

Netflix dropped the first trailer of Searching for Sheela, their upcoming documentary about Ma Anand Sheela, the controversial former aide to spiritual figure Osho. Their story was previously the subject of the Netflix docuseries Wild Wild Country.
By Akhil Rajani < 1 min read
See more articles
Privacy Note
By using www.bookmyshow.com(our website), you are fully accepting the Privacy Policy available at https://bookmyshow.com/privacy governing your access to Bookmyshow and provision of services by Bookmyshow to you. If you do not accept terms mentioned in the Privacy Policy, you must not share any of your personal information and immediately exit Bookmyshow.
List your Show
Got a show, event, activity or a great experience? Partner with us & get listed on BookMyShow
Contact today!
Copyright 2021 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved.
The content and images used on this site are copyright protected and copyrights vests with the respective owners. The usage of the content and images on this website is intended to promote the works and no endorsement of the artist shall be implied. Unauthorized use is prohibited and punishable by law.