Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Movie Review

Friday 7 February 2020

I had to wait to see this film. Star Wars "fans" drive me crazy. It seems like they auto-hate anything new and swear that the only good thing about Star Wars are the old movies and now defunct expanded universe. Even though I go into these films with more of an open mind than some of my nerdy friends, I consider The Last Jedi one of the worst of all 9 films. So was J.J. Abrams able to pick up the ball that Rian Johnson dropped? More importantly, was he able to give the saga a complete ending? Here's my review.

Let me start by saying Ewan McGregor was the best part of the prequel trilogy. In that same way, Adam Driver was the best part of this final trilogy. Adam Driver is one of the best actors of our time. I bring up this point because a big part of my enjoyment of this trilogy, was his story. So I was already going into this film expecting to like one part of it. I also was a big fan or Rey. Her story wasn't as developed as I would have liked, but she was interesting and brought something new to the Star Wars table.

Kylo Ren's story and the story of the resistance saved the new trilogy. I know I've mention disliking The Last Jedi already, but I have to bring it up one more time as it's because of that movie that the newer trilogy feels so disjointed. It seems like Abrams had his own story he was telling but Johnson popped up in the middle and effed it all up. I do like Johnson's other work. I've seen Knives Out, Looper, and The Brothers Bloom and they were all good. But I think something went wrong, it could be Johnson's fault, Abrams fault, or even Disney's fault, but the fact of the matter is the new trilogy is disjointed because of TLJ. But I truly believe that there was enough good in this film that the Skywalker Saga ended on a good note.

The old characters, Leia, Chewie, Lando, C-3PO, R2-D2 had good stories, but it was important to remember that it was no longer their tale. This was the tale of Rey, Finn, Poe, Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, and BB-8. I liked this new story and I'm glad it got the ending it did.

But let's pause and talk about the things I didn't like. I didn't like the fact that the Emperor came out of nowhere. It felt like Deus Ex Machina for the bad guys. Oh, you're about to lose? Here's the original big baddie! I would much rather have had hints dropped the whole time then a quick flashback montage showing everything we missed. But Snoke is dead, Kylo Ren is in charge, but guess what, he's not!

Also, it felt like the whole thing was rushed because Abrams had to fix or deal with everything that happened in The Last Jedi. I had just rewatched The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi before seeing this so I could tell there were huge pacing issues with the trilogy as a whole.

There, see! I can admit this wasn't a perfect film. None of the Star Wars films are. But you shouldn't watch these movies if you're looking for a perfect cinematic experience. You should watch these movies if you're looking for fun space fantasy with enjoyable characters, flashy sci-fi antics, and the classic story of good versus evil.

I liked this movie. And, as you can see, I can admit it's faults, but in the end I really enjoyed it. I feel sorry for those aholes who sit back and shit on the movie because it "ruined" their childhood. I feel sorry that they're so fragile. I feel sorry for any Star Wars hater because there's so much to love about all the movies, why spend so much time being a hateful nerd?

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker gets an 8 out of 11

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