Hello, my darling readers!
Although I saw The Rise of Skywalker the very first day it was in cinemas here in Austria, it took me more than a month to order my thoughts and compile a review for this film. Let’s see how that turned out…
Rey discovers things about her past and has to decide. Not only her own future is at stake here…
Uff, what can I say about this film?
I have rather ambivalent feelings about The Rise of Skywalker and still haven’t entirely made up about it.
This review will contain spoilers because I just have too many things to discuss to prevent that. Continue reading at your own risk!
For the first part of the film I actually had a really good time and lots of fun. There were many action packed scenes, the humor was great and all the beloved characters returned.
I really wish Carrie Fisher would have gotten to play a bigger part of this film but at least she got to share the screen one final time with her daughter Billie Lourd.
However, soon I grew somewhat tired of the action scenes. One of the problems the film has is that it becomes repetitive. There are so many fight sequences between Rey and Kyle it soon looses its epic character. But that’s not the only problem I have with The Rise of Skywalker.
Let’s talk about the story, shall we?
I have a lot of thoughts about this. There were quite a few moments that left me confused. First I thought that it’s been too long since I saw the other films and I don’t remember stuff. However, it soon turned out that the problem wasn’t me because everybody else was confused as well.
What was that Palpatine reveal supposed to be?
It didn’t make all that much sense and seemed to come out of nowhere. You know how I imagine that going down? When the story for this trilogy was discussed, people agreed to include something about Rey’s past then forgot to come up with something until five minutes before the final script was due. So they just went with the first idea that came to mind. I don’t know if that’s what happened, but that’s certainly what it felt like.
Furthermore, I’m not a fan of Kylo Ren’s story arc. It annoys me that apparently everybody in the Star Wars universe needs to get redemption in the end and is secretly good. I would have found it far more interesting if Rey had crossed on to the dark side. Moreover, I am not happy about that ship becoming canon. It seemed to happen entirely to please fans but I’ve already found the idea itself dubious.
As we are talking of ships. Finn and Poe would have made for a great couple! But naturally, that wasn’t happening. (Even though both Oscar Isaac and John Boyega would have been all for it)
All in all, there were many scenes that felt like copies from older iconic scenes we already knew. We don’t know to go into a detailed analysis of that but you’ll immediately notice that things will feel familiar.
Ultimately this trilogy didn’t seem like the films actually go together. There was no real continuity and the story arcs that spanned over more than just one film were rather clumsy.
Although I have many points of criticism I still enjoyed a large part of the movie which left me with a rather ambivalent feeling. Definitely not the best Star Wars film though.
Did you watch the film? Let me know in the comments!