Star Wars is a franchise that is beloved by many geeks far and wide. Starship battles, lightsaber duels, underdogs taking on an evil empire, etc. There is so much to enjoy about the series, that is why when every single time a new film comes out, the community takes it so seriously. It can not just be a normal film but it has to be better than the films that came before it.
When Star Wars: Force Awakens came out, the reaction was divided. Many people enjoyed the film while plenty of others preached that it was simply a re-telling of A New Hope with different characters. Then The Last Jedi came out and you can tell that the powers that be tried to make it more original which resulted in a majority of fans claimed to dislike it for not being Star Wars enough. Personally I thought both films were well enough but it left a lot of folks skeptical about The Rise of Skywalker.
Would it be this terrible film that destroyed the hopes and dreams of many or would it instead redeem the trilogy and cause fans to rejoice in its awesome?
The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more in the final chapter of the Skywalker saga.
The entire new trilogy focuses on Rey, played by Daisy Ridley, figuring out who she is, the rebels fighting for galactic freedom from the First Order, and Kylo Ren‘s, son of Han Solo and Leia Organa, pursuit of power to honor what he believes to be Darth Vader’s legacy as a dreaded Sith Lord. Rise of the Skywalker addresses all of these conflicts in a unique but good way. There were a lot of twists and turns that caused the audience to literally scream “What!?” as they absorbed every scene.
The cast did a phenomenal job, the special effects were on point, the thrill of seeing iconic characters come back to showcase their talents was a delight. However, not everyone may like Rise of the Skywalker and for fair reasons. You can tell that the vibe of the film has bounced back and forth from the traditional Star Wars storytelling to something new. While neither is bad, it is the swapping from one to another that can cause conflict.
Rise of Skywalker felt very much like the makers of the film wanted to simply please the audience no matter what. Even if it meant introducing radical concepts, tugging on heartstrings, using cameos, and more. While this is exciting, it also felt cheap. As though instead of committing to an artistic style, they chose to go the easy, crude route. Like putting a lot of salt on a burger, sure it’ll taste better but that doesn’t mean it is a great burger.
Another hard problem was the fact that Carrie Fisher, unfortunately, passed away prior to finishing filming. This caused a number of complications as she was clearly supposed to be a large part of the film. While it is touching that they used what footage they had of her, it also felt as though they redid a lot of scenes to try and make it work. The result was that some scenes were awkward and didn’t quite make sense.
If you were fans more so of Force Awakens you’ll find yourself a fan of Rise of Skywalker as it feels like a sequel of the first film rather than coming right after The Last Jedi. To be honest, it is a fun film that many will enjoy and the cast and crew should take pride in their work. They had a lot of pressure to please fans and find a solution for how to handle one of their star actors untimely passing, considering the circumstance they did a great job.