Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisey Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Richard Grant, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Hassan Taj, Lee Towersey, Brian Herring, Dave Chapman, etc…
The battle between the surviving members of the resistance and the First Order continues. This is the last chance the resistance has to defeat the evil First Order. Whomever wins this war will rule the galaxy.
A Star Wars expert opinion:
I loved the original Star Wars movies in the 1970s. I absolutely hated the 3 films in the 1990s. I personally have enjoyed these last 3 films. My husband was the perfect age when the original Star Wars was released. He, as so many of you, knows every detail of every movie and read many of the books that gave background information not included in the films. He knows details I can only dream of. For you true Star Wars fanatics, I thought it would be great to get his opinion on the film. Did he like it? Did it fit the series? Did they deliver a satisfying ending? How did the franchise do from the beginning to the end? Was the content accurate? All the impressive little details. Please read his thoughts below-
For me, the most important characteristic of a movie is that it be entertaining. On this dimension, Rise of Skywalker did very well. While relatively long for a Star Wars flick, I was pulled into their reality for the entire time. The previous movie in the trilogy, The Last Jedi, wasn’t as strong here, although it did have its moments.
JJ Abrams certainly knows how to craft an action movie.
But the story has plot holes big enough to fly a star destroyer through. Some of the ones that jump out at me are:
How does Palpatine build and staff a massive fleet without drawing attention. It’s a big galaxy, but I really think someone would have noticed. And how does he fund it?
Death Star II Wreckage
I don’t care how well built the Death Star from Return of the Jedi was; there’s no way it survives atmospheric entry on one of Yavin’s moon Kef Bir with pieces anywhere near as large and intact as what Rey and Ren fought on (not to mention the initial explosion). And after Rey ghosts him, he’s able to find a TIE fighter that is in good enough shape to fly, and somehow has hyperdrive capability.
Poe as Drug Trafficker
It’s revealed that Poe was a spice runner at some point in his past. Obviously, this is to make him more “Han Solo-like”. In other words, a lovable rogue. But this was never hinted at. It’s completely unearned.
C-3PO’s Memory Wipe
Threepio has been us in every movie of the Skywalker saga. The potential of him losing his memories, of ceasing to be who he is, is a major moment. He makes this sacrifice to help save everyone (and to move the plot forward), and the moment he’s reunited with R2D2, his memory is restored. There’s no real price to be paid. This is made worse in that they played the same game with Chewbacca earlier in the movie.
Obviously, he wanted to tell Rey that he’s force sensitive. But they hinted at this several times, and then never delivered. At best, that was wasted screen time.
Knights of Ren
The elite guard that replaced Snoke’s praetorian guards certainly looked intimidating enough. They’re built up in The Force Awakens as this group of force-sensitive specialized warriors. But in the finale, Ren is holding them off unarmed, and then dispatches them quickly when he’s armed.
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And this doesn’t even pull at the thread of unanswered questions, which are way too many after the saga is complete.
I’d also like to think about the sequel trilogy as a whole, and compare it to the other two trilogies. Clearly, it’s better than the prequels, but inferior to the original trilogy. Three factors bring this to mind:
1. The Heroes
The heroes in the sequel just aren’t as good as the original. I like Finn, and his story arc is the best of the three main characters. Rey is ok, but other than layering on new Force abilities, there’s no growth. And Poe is just awful. Not at all likeable.
Compared to Luke, Leia and Han from the original trilogy, they’re just weak. They’re on about the same level as the prequel heroes (Obi Wan, Padme and Anakin), but that’s not a complement.
2. The Villains
Kylo Ren is just awful. Darth Emo indeed. Snoke is ok, but we don’t learn enough about him to be interesting. Sure, Palpatine shows back up in the closing chapter, but he even seems a shadow of his formerly manipulative self.
The entire trilogy didn’t flow. It seems like three loosely connected stories, rather than a single flowing arc.
One of the things that the MCU does so well is tie one movie to the next. Sure, there are missed connections and dead ends occasionally, but very few considering the number of movies.
I suspect this is because Kevin Feige is keeping an eye on the big picture and making sure the story beats are connected. Perhaps Kathleen Kennedy should have asked him for some advice on how to pull this off.
I really enjoyed this movie. My husband liked it, but it couldn’t compare to the original trilogy for him. I do not have the background knowledge of all the Star War movies, so I did not pick up on all the holes he saw. To be honest, I only saw the first movie in the middle trilogy movies (the prequels) because I thought the first one was a complete disaster and was one of the worst movies I had ever seen. As for this film, I thought it was entertaining and thoroughly enjoyable. I thought it was a great way to end the franchise.
I really enjoyed the casting. I really like Daisey Ridley and John Boyega.
I thought the very beginning was a little choppy as they bounced back and forth between story lines (ie Kylo Ren’s plot line and then Rey’s plot line). I understand that it was necessary to set up the film but some of the scenes were very short with little useful content. My guess is they edited out some of the relevant scenes. Once the story lines merged the film laid back and smoothed out.
Stunning. Star Wars has always been original and even though the special effects in the 1970s suffers in comparison to today’s special effects, it has always been at the top of the industry for its’ time. I also have to say that the “pew, pew” sound the blasters make and the “buzzing” sound the light sabers make take me right back to my 7-year old self. What great memories!
Should You Go See This Movie?
Of course!!!! It ties up the franchise nicely. It gives a nice farewell to all of the original actors/characters and solves the biggest mysteries in the series.