The Book of Boba Fett REVIEW / SERIES REVIEW – After the great return of Boba Fett in season 2 of “The Mandalorian”, Disney + offers a disappointing spin-off centered on the emblematic bounty hunter of the first trilogy.
The Boba Fett Book: the return of Temuera Morrison
Jon Favreau was able to convince the fans of the first hour, as of the last, with The Mandalorian. Through its first two seasons, the series has established itself as a must-watch for fans of Star Wars. During the second season, the filmmaker decides to bring back an emblematic character from the universe of George Lucas.
Indeed, years after its introduction in the original trilogy, the mighty Boba Fett is back in the spotlight. To embody it, the production obviously turned to Temuera Morrison.
The latter was the face of Jango Fett, and more broadly of all the clones in the trilogy. His big comeback The Mandalorian and now in The Boba Fett Book therefore makes sense. Difficult to hide our joy to see the actor return to the skin of Boba Fett, almost twenty years after its appearance in Attack of the Clones.
For The Boba Fett BookJon Favreau, writing, has teamed up with another pundit of the universe Star Wars : Dave Filoni. The latter is the mastermind behind the four animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Rebels, Resistance, and more recently The Bad Batch.
The first part is punctuated by flashbacks
Boba’s return to The Mandalorian made a strong impression. Give Boba Fett a series in his name looks pretty good on paper. There were inevitably things to tell about his destiny, about his past, but also about his present.
It is in this perspective that Jon Favreau decides to split the first part of the series into two timelines. One in the present which takes place after the events of The Mandalorian season 2, and one in the past that looks back at how Boba Fett came back to life. Again, the idea is not stupid but lacks depth.
Because very quickly, Jon Favreau does not find enough material to exploit. He knocks Boba Fett out of the Sarlacc in moments. Then follows a rather boring plot where the bounty hunter is collected by the Men of the Sands.
During three episodes, quite laborious, we are presented with the change of condition of the protagonist. Via soft and uninteresting flashbacks, we are told how Boba Fett goes from bounty hunter with no morals to kind protector of Tatooine.
Quickly, these flashbacks spin in a vacuum. A single episode would have been enough to explain the character’s psychological change.
After all, he came back from the dead, and his desire for redemption wouldn’t have been illogical anyway. But no, the script makes a mess of it, and turns very quickly in circles. Spectators will even have the joy of seeing Boba Fett in Pajamas teaching the Sand People how to ride Speeders. We barely caricature…
Intrigue in the present sewn with white thread
Unfortunately, it’s barely more successful for the timeline in the present. Here again, Jon Favreau doesn’t really know what to say. He then draws a plot sewn with white thread, where the former mercenary seeks to make a name for himself, to settle down, and will have to face the Pykes union. Seasoned viewers won’t have anything new to get their teeth into. Boba Fett crosses paths with Krrsantan, cousins of Jabba, Danny Trejo. In short, he talks, talks, and talks again…
This telephonic story without any real artistic vision reaches the paroxysm of insult when the public has the chance to discover A bunch of low-cost neo-futuristic teenage cyborgs straight out of Alita: Battle Angel who move on Vespas.
An affront to the universe Star Wars which was quickly pointed out by fans. A proposal certainly came from the sometimes foggy mind of Robert Rodriguez, who realizes a good part of the season.
Unfortunately, the director of A Night in Hell and of SinCity is in poor shape The Boba Fett Book. The latter offers a staging devoid of any rhythm, of any creative vision, and of a hallucinating softness. In episode 3 Robert Rodriguez stages arguably the emptiest chase in the history of Star Wars.
An approach that lacks impact. What is also felt in all the action sequences of the series, devoid of vitamins, violence and imagination. This lack of creativity in the staging and this redundant writing make.