Director: J.J. Abrams
Writers: Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
Cast: Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels
Rey and the resistance face the First Order one more time in the final chapter of the new Star Wars movies. But, a new threat is approaching. Palpatine has returned from death!
J.J. Abrams vs. Rian Johnson
In the first third of the movie, it felt like J.J. Abrams was correcting everything Rian Johnson did wrong in “The Last Jedi.” Replacing Snoke with Palpatine was what I believe to be one of them.
I would have preferred to see Snoke as the main villain for this trilogy. Instead, he got killed in the second one, and we’re getting Palpatine’s return. I understand the decision of J.J. Abrams, but I wanted a more bold approach. They rely too much on nostalgia instead of trying something new.
The beginning was also rushed. Every event happened quickly after another. It was like J.J. was propping a 4-hour movie into a 2-hour 30 movie. I hope that one day, they would just make the film longer if necessary. Most people do not wanna see a summary of a story …
Kylo Ren’s arc
The journey of Kylo Ren is my favorite part of the entire trilogy. Having a new villain, who is already in doubt from the start, was refreshing. There is more to this character than it seems to be. It kept me questioning his path and where he was going to end up.
I have heard some people complain about Adam Driver. For some, he does not look menacing enough to them. For me, this was never the point. He is a fine actor and is doing a great job with what he has. It was more about the struggle between the light and the darkness.
The nostalgia trip
I never really hated the prequels, maybe it is because I saw it as a kid. But we have to give them credit for being at least original. The latest trilogy heavily relied on nostalgia. It’s okay for a movie to have some nostalgia if it’s done correctly.
But, I would have preferred a new original Star Wars movie. I consider this trilogy more to be a product instead of being genuinely unique movies. Films should be bold and bring new stories with new characters. I don’t mind bringing some old characters back, but the nostalgia shouldn’t be the anchor points. We want to be surprised.
Everything is OP
Rey has to much power, she hasn’t had training for a long time, but she is ridiculously strong in the force. Even too much. I have never seen a Jedi who was that strong. It’s like no-one can hurt her, and this also takes away from the intensity. When Luke Skywalker was in a fight, he wasn’t overpowerful, and it felt like his life was at stake. This is something I’m really missing in Rey.
I do not hate Rey. In fact, I really like her but do not make her overpowered. Otherwise, it is like she was never at a disadvantage to begin with.
And without spoiling anything, but this trilogy makes the Death Star seem like a big joke. You will understand what I mean, once you have seen “Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker.”
I don’t hate, but I don’t love it
By now, you must probably think I hate this movie. But I still enjoyed it. I just wish it was better. The film was okay-ish, but that is not enough for a Star Wars movie, especially the final chapter.
Star Wars – The Rise of Skywalker should have ended the “Skywalker Saga” with a bang. But it didn’t. It’s just there …