Actress and director Bryce Dallas Howard gets star wars. She really understands in a way that we haven’t seen, aside from Jon Favreau and Dave Filoni, since George Lucas himself. Howard brings a fierce yet loving, dark yet intimate realism to the star wars universe with her critical achievements as a director in two originals The Mandalorian episodes and a Boba Fett’s Book episode. She brings a star wars aficionados and a woman’s indispensable perspective on the universe.
Fans don’t agree to spend a good star wars film experience from RogueOne, and even that took time for everyone to flesh out their opinions. Imagine Howard creating something as touching and inspiring for the big screen as she did for Disney+. That’s why fans and critics everywhere are practically yelling at her to come to the rescue and infuse a big-screen trilogy with the same qualities she has for both Disney+ series.
Bryce Dallas Howard’s career began as an actress in films like Spiderman 3, The village, and Goldbefore being cast as a leader in the jurassic park the comeback, jurassic world. Daughter of acclaimed actor and director Ron Howard, she is now taking the directing business by storm.
Dallas’ first mandalorian The episode was the first season’s “Sanctuary,” which saw Baby Yoda, as he was still known at the time, playing with his new boyfriends on a peaceful but threatened farming planet. He explored deeper themes like, will Din Djarin ever settle down? Mando develops an understanding with one of the planet’s settlers, Omera, who has a young daughter, in the village that Mando and Cara Dune hope to save from a loose AT-ST walker, a remnant of the fallen Empire. Mando and Omera share a brief connection about their roles as protectors and their apparent loneliness. Omera tries to remove the Mandalorian’s helmet in a touching moment of unspoken interest between them, but Din dutifully stops him in favor of protecting his Mandalorian code. This is the first episode of the series where we see Din struggling with a temptation of his own.
In Dallas’ “Sanctuary,” we get a tender, more intimate image of our protagonist as he struggles with the idea of living a peaceful, ordinary life in complete antithesis to the one he’s currently tied to. There is something else that this episode articulates so well and that the traditional revisited star wars traditions. The introduction of the AT-ST is masterful. His glowing red eyes peek through the dark, misty swamp as he soars to full height and towers over rebels and villagers about to strike him down. The AT-ST is such a small part of the star wars universe, and yet here, Howard ensures that it takes center stage in all its terrifying glory. This is a significant achievement in a short time and should not be taken lightly.
Howard’s success certainly didn’t go unnoticed, as she went on to direct “The Heiress,” arguably the show’s best episode, in season two. The episode features Bo Katan, a fan favorite from the clone wars series. The first live use of this character is a tremendous development in the star wars universe, and everything in it is perfectly satisfactory. It portrays the first Mandalorian team in the series, watching Grogu bond with baby frogs and dropping the name of the iconic Jedi, Ahsoka Tano.
Once again, Howard proves his prowess by weaving several strands of star wars until the result is an epic hour of self-contained awesomeness, narratively and visually. She also found key moments to highlight engaging character developments, like Mando’s growing devotion to being Grogu’s father and the conflict between him and the unorthodox Mandalorian Bo Katan.
Howard’s Boba Fett Book
Finally, Howard realized Boba Fett’s Book episode “The Mandalorian Returns”, which saw Din enter the Boba Fett show and make his own after giving Grogu to Luke Skywalker to continue his training. The Howard episode was yet another example of humanity in star wars. There was an awesome afterlife, I can’t fathom this take long enough, following the Mandalorian inside an industrial building. As he boards an elevator and goes downstairs to a fancy casino to deliver his bounty, he limps in great pain from a leg injury caused by the Darksaber.
While it’s not as flashy as its stunning fight scenes, long takes like this sometimes require days of planning, choreography, and meticulous orchestration of detail. The result is a quietly angsty but somehow soothing and informative moment with the Mandalorian. He struggles with returning to his old solo life after losing Grogu. It’s subtly heartbreaking and beautiful. There’s also the public interstellar transport scene when Mando sees a young child with his parent in the seats in front of him and immediately remembers when Grogu was never far from him. He removes the gift forged for Grogu in beskar, stares out the window, and we can deduce wonders when, or if, he will ever see his child again.
This scene is telling and, again, quietly subtle, telling us everything we need to know about Din’s state of mind. Those heartfelt, low-key character moments that Howard is so good at presenting to us are essential for the franchise moving forward. It’s moments like Luke gazing at the setting suns, wondering when his time will come as the music swells and dies, after all that made us love this universe in the first place.
Imagine that heart, that passion, and that throwback to the big screen.
This Star Wars movie has been underappreciated by the rest of the fanbase, but it’s time to step back and see why it deserves more recognition.
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