When The Force Awakened north of mediocrity and The Last Jedi was a hate filled Dear John letter to fans by Rian Johnson, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is an over correction fever dream from JJ Abrams.
Filled with force jewelry theft, shell shock, over powered, morally ambiguous Jedi and a less whiny Sith, The Rise of Skywalker tries to erase the memory of who fans accurately called, “Ruin Johnson,” fills the screen with incredible visual effects to cover up a weak story seeking to remind us that the prequels weren’t as bad as we had remembered.
Yes, I said it. The conclusion of, The Skywalker Saga, made me long for a, Phantom Menace.
Where as Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran) was the only interesting character in The Last Jedi, she is nearly forgotten in The Rise of Skywalker. At least Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) weren’t total beta bitch boys in this one, but it doesn’t make up for all the throwback references that remind the audience of better made films.
For FIVE LONG YEARS, when the trailer first dropped at D23 Expo for The Force Awakens, my friend, comic book artist Norm Rapmund called Daisy Ridley’s character, “Rey Palpatine.” Everyone laughed at Normie, but dang it if he wasn’t right!
According to Rapmund, his son Luke (yes, named after the Mark Hamill character of the franchise) nudged him the moment Palpatine took the screen and giggled when the declaration was made by Kylo Ren who just grandfather really was.
I will not say one thing bad about the talented cast, the visual effects, the motion capture actors or anyone involved in the making of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, but I will say this was a rush job in rewrites and production to make up for a film that damn near killed a four decade old franchise.
JJ, you did what got could and we thank you for it, but we really needed an Episode 9.5 to get the full effect of what this story could have been and how it should have properly ended.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is out now on Digital and comes to 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker isn’t terrible, it’s incomplete.