I went to see Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (RoS) recently. I had seen the reviews, which weren’t very good, but I was excited nonetheless. When the movie was over, I couldn’t believe the trash I had just watched was the final Star Wars movie. It has quickly become my least favorite Star Wars movie; and it may not be the worst one, but it is definitely in that category. Disney has really screwed up Star Wars, starting with The Last Jedi and then making RoS. It is one of the most disappointing movies that I have ever seen. Here’s just a couple reasons why. (Spoilers ahead!)
When people watched the trailer for this movie and found out that Darth Sidious was returning, they were ecstatic. I thought that this was actually really lazy—bringing back an old villain instead of a new one—and I was right to think that. Darth Sidious was blown up at the end of Return of the Jedi; so I was waiting to hear how he survived or reincarnated, but the reason provided was really dumb. Darth Sidious explained, “I have died before. The dark side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural.” This is a really, really lazy way to bring him back, especially when he didn’t even have to be in this movie. He should have died in Return of the Jedi.
I actually really liked the characters that Disney created in The Force Awakens. They were really fun to watch in that movie, and they had unique backstories. Even in The Last Jedi—a movie that I don’t like—Poe Dameron was portrayed in a way that I thought made sense for his character. But somehow, RoS manages to ruin characters from both of these movies. Anybody who isn’t Force-sensitive basically doesn’t do anything. Sidious is the main villain and Rey and Kylo Ren are at the center of the story, but these three are really the only important characters. Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, BB-8, and C-3PO tag along in this adventure, but they never do anything important (with the exception of C-3PO in one scene). RoS also introduces a couple of new characters including a droid named D-O, and he is one of the most useless characters that has ever been made in Star Wars. His character was created just to sell toys. (Although, he is useful in one single scene.) The movie introduces a new love interest for Poe, but she is barely in the movie. The movie also introduces a new love interest for Finn, but she is BARELY IN THE MOVIE. Seeing a pattern here? Lando Calrissian is also reintroduced in the story, after being absent since Return of the Jedi, and he really doesn’t do a single thing. He is only in the movie for a solid five minutes. What a waste of a great set of characters!
This movie tries so hard to be an epic finale to the entire Skywalker saga, but it falls flat in so many ways. During the entire third act, I was bored out of my mind because it was what people refer to as “CGI noise,” where there is just CGI everywhere, and too much stuff is happening all at once. This movie also tries to have its own Avengers: Endgame moment in the third act, but it just comes off as a ripoff. The final act of Endgame shows every superhero from the MCU fighting the main villain. It’s really cool because we have been with these characters for so long, and we have seen them grow. It’s awesome to see them all together, fighting alongside each other. In RoS, it’s kind of cool because we get to see a lot of the ships from Star Wars history, but it’s still a ripoff. The worst part, though, was essentially an exact copy of a line from Endgame.
Here’s the dialogue from Endgame: Thanos: “I am inevitable.” Tony Stark: “And I am Iron Man.” Here’s the dialogue from RoS: Darth Sidious: “I am all the Sith!” Rey: “And I am all the Jedi!”
It’s basically the same line, and it really pulled me out of the movie. There is also a part where it seems like Rey is going to lose, so she calls out for help; and a lot of Jedi from the previous movies give her encouragement, including Anakin Skywalker, Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Qui-Gon Jinn, Yoda, Mace Windu, Ahsoka Tano, and more. This is a really cool bit of fanservice considering Disney got the original voice actors and everything. This is one thing that I did like. There should have been more moments like this in the movie.
Now that the Skywalker saga is complete, I can also reflect on the trilogy as a whole, and I have some stuff to say about it. I did not like it. People say that the prequels are the worst, but those were actually pretty good. At least the prequels had a clear plan for where the story was going. These movies obviously had no plan whatsoever, and they are an unnecessary addition to Star Wars. The original plan was to create six movies that would focus on the fall and the redemption of one character. Then Disney came in and added in more stuff that didn’t need to be there. It is painfully obvious that every movie in this trilogy just hated on the last one considering that a lot of good stuff from The Last Jedi was scrapped entirely in this movie. It makes for a frustrating set of movies that could have been good but were ruined by the execution. I really hope that Disney doesn’t make any more Star Wars movies because they ruined it. RoS showed some promise, but it was ultimately a deeply flawed movie with few good qualities.