Title: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Director: J.J. Abrams
Series? 3/3 (Third trilogy in the saga)
Triggers: Talk of dead parents, death, murder
Release Date: 19 December 2019 (Aus)
I recently saw The Rise of Skywalker with the rest of my family and oh boyyy, did we all have very different opinions on it. The oldest of my brothers (14) was very excited to see it but left disappointed, my youngest brother (13) thought it was “meh” & my mother really enjoyed it, so it’s really a mixed bag. And, from what I’ve seen online, there’s also generally a lot of mixed thoughts on this movie. I personally didn’t hate this but I also didn’t love it by any means.
What I liked:
- I really enjoyed the new trilogy characters – Rey is great and Poe and Finn are a very good duo and I hate to say it, but I would make a great Disney+ buddy-cop space show together!
- I also surprisingly semi-enjoyed Kylo Ren in this one too, which has never happened before.
- I think had the trilogy had enough time to properly flesh him out as a character he would have been a fantastic villain and his character arc could have been incredibly powerful. But, I think, he was really put on the backburner for this movie because there was too much else to focus on.
Poe was very Han-like — His character was very inconsistent throughout the trilogy – like, he was a very disjointedly written character and I feel like the writers didn’t know what to do with him so they used him as a pseudo-plot device.
The trilogy still relies heavily on the original trilogy. — I really think that they should have made a solo movie prior to this trilogy to focus on the original trilogy OR left them alone/ only included them as a small cameo in the trilogy.
The Lost Potential!
It really bothers me how much potential and hype the trilogy had compared to what we actually got. So much time was spent trying to mimic the original trilogy ( – Jonson) and on including the originals in the plot, that we never fully got to focus on the new character and therefore so they were all left undeveloped and because of that the ending of this movie and the entire felt rushed.
Should you wait for it on Disney+ or DVD? Honestly, I think that’s only a question you can answer. If you’re a Star Wars fan and you really want to see the ending in cinemas then go see it, but if you’re just a casual viewer and okay with probably getting spoiled then don’t bother!
- The Lgbt rep is laughable! It’s the kind of rep that can easily be taken out for foreign audiences so I wouldn’t even call it rep tbh.
- EVERY character got short-changed
- A great poster!
- Needed a better outline for the trilogy
- You can tell #2 was directed by someone else because it really sticks out compared to the first and third movies. I wish they had made more of an effort to incorporate that content and those characters, instead of basically ignoring everything that happened. *cough* Rose!
- Rey masters her powers really quickly (and off-screen!) but so did Luke in Return of the Jedi, so I don’t wanna hear about it!
- Really cool effects & action shots
- I kind of want to cosplay Rey now???
- Rey is kind of base as a character, but I think that’s on writing not acting. She, like most of the characters, was underdeveloped.
- A lot of Reylo fanservice
- I actually lied Finn?? Like, I cared sort of?? This has never happened before so I’m kind of shocked.
- This movie felt like it was trying too hard? Too many plot lines, too many characters, not enough of this movie felt cohesive, it was a very shoddily put together story.
FINN & POE
- Finn and Poe are the duo we deserved from the beginning! Their scenes together definitely captured the heart of the original movies!
- Poe was very Han – but unlike he was in the first 2 movies
- Would you like to see a Disney+ series of these two? Do you think the trio will be in the next SW trilogy?
- The droids! As always they’re cute and that’s about it!
- Carrie Fisher did nothing for me, unfortunately.
- New female characters – not much screen time & honestly, it was kind of a waste of time to have them there, also one looked like a power ranger and that was incredibly distracting!
- A few big reveals! Try not to get spoiled!
- A disjointed movie that I couldn’t connect to emotionally. It was sloppy and badly written. Honestly, if I had to try and summarise this movie to you right now I don’t think I could.
- A disappointment as a conclusion to a 9 movie saga that has spanned generations and decades. Honesty, as a Star Wars fan this movie was kind of embarrassing
Okay, so this movie may not have been for me, and I think a lot of people are really disliking it BUT I do want to say that there is a whole generation of younger viewers who are going to love this movie (and the rest of the trilogy) so I really think that as bad as I think this movie is, there are still a whole lot of other people who will love it, so maybe keep the hate to a minimum?