The Mandalorian – A review
Since seeing the original trailer, I’ve been excited about this show. When they announced Jon Favreau (Swingers, Iron Man), Dave Filoni (Clone Wars) and Pedro Pascal (Narcos, Game Of Thrones) as the eponymous lead, I knew this had to be good. And it is. The show pays respect and homage to the original source material in terms of design cues and characterisation as well as being studious in referencing characters, conventions, ideas and easter eggs from the canon original trilogy.
Featuring a very strong cast supporting Pascal, are the likes of Carl “Apollo Creed” Weathers, Gina Carano, Giancarlo Esposito, Nick Nolte and Werner Herzog. The series does have it’s ups and downs in terms of pacing but does build into a jaw-dropping season finale. However, the series brilliantly realises some genuine fan-pleasing moments that in my opinion undo the damage of the JJ Abrams trilogy. Why don’t I like JJ Abrams treatment of Star Wars? A blog post for another time.
The attention-to-detail and reverence to the original canon material are faithful to the cinematography from the wideshots, screen wipes, sets, character prosthetics and genuine look and feel of the series the echoes George Lucas’s original vision in the way the new films do not.
The Mandalorian himself is a strong but silent gunslinger echoing Clint Eastwood’s The Man With No Name as well as Kurosawa’s Yojimbo and Seven Samurai films. So far it’s a ten out of ten from me and I’m waiting for season 2 with serious anticipation!