Review: Star Wars – The Book of Boba Fett

Boba Fett Cover ArtFormerly a cold calculated bounty hunter, now a kind gentle respectable crime boss? 

Boba Fett is a former bounty hunter who worked for many criminal organizations such as The Hutts and the Galactic Empire. After capturing his arch nemesis, Han Solo, Boba Fett celebrates by throwing a party on Jabba The Hutt’s yacht. On the yacht, Han Solo and Boba Fett finally fight. After a quick battle, Boba Fett is thrown off of the yacht and plummets into the jaws of the Sarlacc Pit, a sand beast that digests its prey for a thousand years.


The Disney+ Original “The Book of Boba Fett” is a slow, boring and somewhat childish stint into the Star Wars universe. The show follows Boba Fett and his associates trying to take over Jabba The Hutt’s former criminal empire. There are several different plots in the 7 episode show, most of which do not work well and end poorly. While the show is TV-14, there are some very childish bits and comedic moments intermixed with really dark scenes of violence. The show ends up feeling tone deaf, not knowing if it wants to be a serious drama or an action-comedy. 


The Book of Boba Fett is written by Jon Favreau, who plays Happy Hogan in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Jon is now one of the faces of Star Wars that gives fans hope. By writing “The Mandalorian”, which was well received by critics and fans alike. “The Book of Boba Fett” is directed by Robert Rodriguez, whose most famous films are the “Spy Kids” trilogy (an offbeat children’s comedy) and “Sin City” (a film about a city full of crime and murder). These two works make their way into “The Book of Boba Fett” in its writing and these opposing tones often show up in scenes one after another. For example, there is a scene where Boba Fett plans to torture and possibly murder the local mayor’s assistant. Then, a 20 MPH hover bike chase ensues where they go through the streets of the city on space Vespas.


All in all, if you are looking for a drama show on par with “The Mandalorian,” “The Book of Boba Fett” is not for you. The writing doesn’t know what to do with itself and relies on old tropes and themes that feel outdated in the modern world. 


Overall I give “The Book of Boba Fett” a 6/10. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either. Very disappointing.  


Photo Credit: The Walt Disney Company and Lucasfilm