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The Mandalorian first impression: Pedro Pascal starrer underwhelms

Disney+ Hotstar series The Mandalorian is about an ace bounty hunter who, due to recession in the wake of Galactic Empire's obliteration, takes up a near-impossible job from a well-paying client.

Written by Kshitij Rawat | New Delhi |
Updated: March 11, 2020 2:54:17 pm
The Mandalorian review The Mandalorian is streaming on Disney+ Hotstar. 

The Mandalorian, arguably Disney+ Hotstar’s most high-profile title, is not all that impressive — at least judging by the first episode. The Jon Favreau creation, which is the first live-action Star Wars series, fails to take off due to the very nature of its protagonist.

The Mandalorian is about an ace bounty hunter, who due to recession in the wake of Galactic Empire’s obliteration, takes up a near-impossible job from a well-paying client.

First, a confession: I was never a huge fan of Boba Fett or Jango Fett, who I believe is vastly overrated in a franchise boasting of many well-rounded, fully developed characters. The droid-hating Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal (who is not seen, only heard — and not often enough), is a singularly uninteresting protagonist.

At least Tom Hardy had his eyes exposed as Bane and Max Rockatansky in The Dark Knight Rises and Mad Max: Fury Road, respectively. The eyes can emote quite a lot and can go a long way in revealing the emotional state.

Pascal has only his voice to do all the work, and it does not happen often and is not nearly enough.

There is a reveal in the end which is set up to be huge, but leaves little impact — on me, anyway. Your reaction may vary.

When it comes to positives, the production value is downright magnificent. This series can go head-to-head with the ongoing Star Wars trilogy in terms of visual effects, set design, costumes and stunt work. The cinematography is pleasing too.

I just wish more work was done on the writing, and perhaps a better decision about the Mandalorian’s helmet could have been taken to make the character more interesting.

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