The saddest moment for the Jedi Knight

The saddest moment for the Jedi Knight

There are plenty of stories in the cinema about retired characters who have no choice but to return to action to solve some serious matter, to the point that we have lost count. From Clint Eastwood’s Bill Munny in no forgiveness (1992), passing through Dr. Lecter by Anthony Hopkins in Hannibal (2001), to the other killer of Michael C. Hall in Dexter: New Blood (2021-2022). And now, of course, he joins them Obi-Wan Kenobi by Ewan McGregor.

If in the first episode of the Serie directed by Deborah Chow for Disney+ lays the groundwork for the jedi reluctantly assume his inevitable role in a galaxy oppressed by the Empire of Ian McDiarmid’s Sheev Palpatine and Hayden Christensen’s Darth Vader, during the second they show us how he proposes to accede to the request of Jimmy Smits’ Bail Prestor Organa and come to the rescue of little Leiaplayed by Vivien Lyra Blaircon with surprising conviction.

The planet Daiyu, on which the entire plot takes place, smacks us slightly of the Earth we see in the two films of bladerunner (1982, 2017). For its populous ultra-technological decadence and the tricks of the underworld. Y Obi-Wan Kenobi add here a very welcome detail: the quackery that exists around the legendary knights jedi with Kumail Nanjiani’s Haja Estree, a twist typical of a film age in which myths are collapsing.

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The Vulnerable Jedi by Ewan McGregor

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The fact that the protagonist was out of circulation, in a gray life with nothing to do with the adventures in which he had been involved to fulfill his past obligations, is no joke. Since he begins to confront criminals, to do some tricks and to slap the punches, we perceive that not in shape. Even his communion with the Force has lost much of its effectiveness, and his teacher, Liam Neeson’s late Qui-Gon Jinn, is unresponsive.

Under the rule of the Empire, Obi-Wan Kenobi undertakes a momentous mission

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Nevertheless, this manifest vulnerability of Ewan McGregor’s Obi-Wan Kenobi, so far removed from superheroic abilities that Jedi they look in movies starwars and, thus, closer to the human physicality of someone like Pedro Pascal’s Din Djarin in The Mandalorian (since 2019), we lower this mythical man to a personal level that helps us identify more easily with him and, in short, that we can value his efforts to a greater extent.

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The lethal twist and shock of ‘Obi-Wan-Kenobi’

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The second trick of Moses Ingram’s Reva to be able to get his hands on the famous jedimaking him the target of all of Daiyu’s unscrupulous ranchers, reminds us of the end of john wick 2 and its continuation (2017, 2019) with Keanu Reeves’ own hit man and the Atla Mesa. But also, that same narrative move in the chapter “The Sin” (1×03) of The Mandalorian with the entire Bounty Hunters Syndicate behind Din Djarin because of Grogu.

the deadly twist of the insubordinate character killing the Grand Inquisitor in the last section of the chapter reminds us of other great betrayals between the sith: from Darth Vader dispatching Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars: return of the jedi (1983) to Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren doing the same with Andy Serkis’s Snoke in the last jedi (2017). So as sad as it is to lose Rupert Friend’s villain, no sin of incoherence.

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Now, the moment that really we touch the fiber In this episode, more entertaining than the previous one but not really intense in its dramatic spirit, Obi-Wan Kenobi learns that Anakin Skywalker is still alive in Darth Vader’s armor. The emotions that Ewan McGregor manages to convey with that demanding close-up they reveal themselves so nuanced and precise in their shocked countenance that one can only surrender to the evidence of their talent. Chapo.