Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

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…

The Plot:

Rey discovers things about her past and has to decide. Not only her own future is at stake here…

The Rating:

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!

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10 thoughts on “Star Wars Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker

  1. I definitely enjoyed it more than you did but I can’t argue with most of what you’ve said! The moment Rey let that lightning loose I audibly gasped for Chewie, but my second thought was oh…they’re making her a Palpatine then…and I still don’t know how I feel about that.

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  2. I haven’t seen it in a while but I remember that part where she was telling Finn she saw Kylo and herself on the throne of the Sith and wanting to scream, “Yes! Do that! Let’s go their Disney!” I still would have liked that better than what we got šŸ™‚

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  3. This was a disappointing film. Say what you want about The Last Jedi but that was a film that took big risks and its time with story, character development, and going into big ideas. This film had none of those. It was largely action, little things, action, little things, and it got repetitive and it had these moments that made me go… “huh?” or “what?” It felt like it was trying to play up to everyone when it didn’t do anything at all. Having read Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connolly’s script of what was supposed to be the third film entitled Duel of the Fates, that felt more like a Star Wars film than this one.

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  4. Ah man, I really enjoyed this! But then, I have really liked all the new ones, including the much-reviled The Last Jedi, so who knows? Yes, there were some uneven moments, and there are issues, but if we’re being honest? ALLLLLLL the Star Wars movies have issues like that (even if people don’t want to acknowledge that). Glad you enjoyed it for the most part, even if it left you a bit ambivalent in the end.

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  5. Ahhhh I really liked this one! But then, I even enjoyed the much-reviled The Last Jedi. Yeah, there are issues and there are flaws, but these new ones are loads of fun. People forget that the old movies were also riddled with issues. Glad you liked this well enough, even if left ambivalent by the end! šŸ™‚

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