The first reactions from the professional critics gush over The Mandalorian as “amazing” and “incredible.” Therefore we know for certain that the show will, in fact, be shallow propagandist trash.
Back in May of 2018, I wrote a blog post that compared statements from reviews of The Last Jedi, with statements from reviews of Solo, from the same reviewers. The takeaway from that was that Solo was likely going to be crap because the same reviewers gave both films glowing praise based on political propaganda rather than film craft.
We’ve seen critics do this fairly recently with both the Joker movie and Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. And critics are undoubtedly salivating over the chance to pan Ghostbusters 3, because of the manner in which it ditched the crappy Ghostbusters 2016 from the canon. Remember, today’s Hollywood is populated by political activists rather than genuine artists.
Others are also now getting wise to this peculiar phenomenon.
But let’s go ahead and go through the motions anyway, and compare The Mandalorian first reaction reviews, with The Last Jedi and Solo first reaction reviews, from the same reviewers.
Steven Weintraub on The Mandalorian:
Saw 27 minutes of @themandalorian. It’s as awesome as you want it to be. Can’t say anything specific but one scene answered a question that I don’t think has ever been explained/shown in any @starwars movie. Love that it opens up the Star Wars universe in a cool new way. pic.twitter.com/vTxC427sVi
— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) October 19, 2019
Steven Weintraub on Solo:
Steven Weintraub on The Last Jedi:
Mike Ryan on The Mandalorian:
Oh wow THE MANDALORIAN footage looks incredible. We saw IG-88 attacking, we saw Salacious Crumb being barbecued for a meal. And Werner Herzog as some sort of galactic gangster who has his own team Stormtroopers
— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) April 14, 2019
Mike Ryan on Solo:
Uproxx senior entertainment writer Mike Ryan says the first act of the latest Star Wars standalone “can be hit and miss clunky,” but a “legit fantastic” Donald Glover as a younger Lando Calrissian and the Kessel Run heist plot makes Solo “a whole lot of fun.” “It does take a bit to get used to Alden as Han,” Ryan adds, “but after 30 minutes or so your brain adjusts.”
Mike Ryan on The Last Jedi:
I am not someone who cries during new Star Wars movies because a character I like shows up, or whatever, but I sure did during this one. And for the first time since this all happened, that cry felt good.
Chris Taylor on The Mandalorian:
In short, everything you might have wanted to see on screen in a Boba Fett movie, or any other Star Wars content about the scum-of-hive-and-villainy side of the galaxy, is here. And it has swagger.
Chris Taylor on Solo:
“It’s good,” says Mashable’s Chris Taylor. “It’s sooo good.” He explains: “This is the grungiest, most grunt-level blue collar Star Wars ever and I am here for it.” Taylor says the movie will “surprise and delight you out of your seat.”
Chris Taylor on The Last Jedi:
‘The Last Jedi’ movie review: Star Wars filmmaking hits full throttle
Peter Sciretta on The Mandalorian:
Just saw almost 30 minutes of #TheMandalorian’s pilot episode. It feels like a thrilling return to the original trilogy era of Star Wars. It feels like a big scale movie, not a tv series. They are still keeping a lot of mystery with deliberate cuts in the footage.
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) October 19, 2019
Peter Sciretta on Solo:
The movie “feels surprisingly unlike any Star Wars movie before,” writes Peter Sciretta of Slash Film, “yet perfectly captures the tone, adventure, characters and humor of the Star Wars franchise.”
Peter Sciretta on The Last Jedi:
Star Wars: The Last Jedi left me speechless and shaken. I was not prepared for the “holy shit” shocking turn of events, the underlying emotion, the laugh-out-loud humor, the occasional ballsiness, and the bonkers weirdness. With Rian Johnson at the helm, I knew it was in good hands, but I was surprised to find it might be one of the best looking Star Wars films to date. It’s bold, it’s weird, it’s excellent.
Lindsey Bahr on The Mandalorian:
Saw ~27 minutes of #TheMandalorian footage this morning. Always difficult to make sense of a bunch of disconnected scenes but it looks intense, surprisingly dark and very expensive.
— Lindsey Bahr (@ldbahr) October 19, 2019
Lindsey Bahr on Solo:
“Solo” is a straightforward piece of pulpy entertainment with some very agreeable performances from Ehrenreich and Glover, who seems to be having the most fun of all the actors in playing up Lando’s suave demeanor, and fun classic Western flourishes, despite the excessively big action sequences.
The best moments in “Solo” are the simpler ones: The romance, the friendships, the clashing egos. Perhaps a lesson for the inevitable sequel.
Lindsey Bahr on The Last Jedi:
You get the picture. Won’t it be fun to play this game again in December with The Rise Of Skywalker?