Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
Title: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker
Genre: Action | Adventure | Fantasy |
Runtime: 141 min
Director: J.J. Abrams
Starring: Adam Driver, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher
J.J ABRAMS CAN’T LEAVE THE PAST BEHIND
Star Wars, the franchise, has never been as big as it has been right now. With TV-series streaming, upcoming series and movies and with videogames that inherit the spirit of the wars in a galaxy far away. Star Wars has become a religion, a prophecy that you should honour in spirit and not ashamed. That was at least before the beginning of the end, the culprit that kickstarted the whole hysteria surrounded to this type of movie. Hyping it up to make it worth watching. It started with J.J Abrams movie The Force Awakens which tried something new and keep the old intact. Taking a lot of things from the original trilogy. It was a mediocre nonetheless movie.
With The Last Jedi, even it was a disaster I enjoyed the dark scenes with the Sith’s and the First Order. That’s what good about these movies. Rise of the Skywalker, that turns out to be Ben Solo aka Kylo Ren in the end who actually sacrifices himself to rescue Rey Palpatine. She is the heir to Palpatine the emperor, his granddaughter. As much as this series tries to create something new it keeps recycles old ideas and bring in old character to make it seem worthy.
Finn, John Boyega, makes the worst performances in this trilogy. He’s never been funny, charismatic or interesting to follow; mostly because he screams everything he’s saying. Lando Calrissian short visit makes it even more interesting than Boyega ever has. Oscar Isaac, Poe Dameron’s past comes to light with a girl but she isn’t there that much. Most are about Palpatine’s return and to destroy him. He’s the villain behind all the other movies and behind Snoke, which seems pathetic and unexplained.
Rey, who’s past is unexplained for two movies, doesn’t always connect to me. She was somewhat good in the seventh movie but is way too introverted in this movie and tries hard to become something she ain’t. A lot of old things comes to light in this movie. To reclaim the audience trust? No, but probably for nostalgic purposes. As much as we don’t need a CGI Leia or Luke as a ghost, it shows a desire to not go into new ways. Even though I like the idea that Rey turned to the dark side, it would make so much more sense for her character with Ben Solo by her side on the throne. The dark side scenes were good enough and intriguing, it was one of the better parts with Rey actually confronting her grandfather.
And with no sacrifice, it doesn’t make this more compelling than other movies. It just pinpoints the fact on why Revenge of the Sith is still one of the best together with the original trilogy. Sacrificing Chewbacca or one those droids would culminate and make the character’s reason to end the war more accurate. The end scenes don’t make sense either. It just doesn’t.
It was a fun and entertaining movie which will cross the billion-dollar line, but it’s just plain. There’s no deep. No sacrifice. You know that Rey won’t submit to the dark side and you know that there are too much of characters to care about. Rogue One managed to this well… But the whole trilogy hasn’t had a red thread to through. No direction at all and this is the result. A culmination with failures tenfold.
So, for being the ending – the big epic ending after 42 years and nine movies it falls short j and flat.