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Ewan McGregor shines but Star Wars is suffering from galactic bloat

Star Wars fans have endured so much heartache and disappointment over the past 20 years — from Ewan McGregor’s haircut in The Phantom Menace to an often-Boba Fett-less The Book of Boba Fett — that it’s almost a surprise when a new one Consecutive appears in the franchise reaches a comfortable level of proficiency. And pleasantly competent is the best description for Obi Wan Kenobi (Disney+) in which McGregor reprises the role of Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Disney+’s new “limited special series” picks up the story 10 years after the end of George Lucas’ much-maligned prequel trilogy – aka the films that caused a million fanboy meltdowns on early internet forums. Picking up where these films left off, the big talking point of the six-part season was that it would reunite McGregor with his old prequel foil, Hayden Christensen, aka Anakin Skywalker, aka baby-faced Darth Vader.

So it’s disappointing that Darth the Younger doesn’t get much screen time in the first two episodes to be released back-to-back by Disney (directed by Deborah Chow, who oversees all production). We mostly see him in a giant floating tub of medicated goo, the Star Wars villains’ favorite relaxation method.

That disappointment aside, long-suffering Star Wars devotees might find their cockles gently warmed by Obi-Wan Kenobi. As with those prequel films, McGregor is by far the best part. So much so that it feels slightly unfair for other actors to have to cross figurative lightsabers with him.

His world-weariness as an exiled Jedi, for example, lands so much more authentically than the comic dialogue of Moses Ingram, aka Jedi-hunting “Inquisitor” Reva. Loaded with lines like “Tell me where the Jedi is or this man and his family die!” Ingram (The Queen’s Gambit) is at her best and has real presence – yet her character feels like something straight out of a Hunger Games imitation , especially when contrasted with McGregor’s nuanced world-weariness.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/tv/0/obi-wan-kenobi-review-ewan-mcgregor-shines-star-wars-suffering/ Ewan McGregor shines but Star Wars is suffering from galactic bloat

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