Movie #2 2020: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren and Daisy Ridley as Rey

Man, where do I even start with this?

As someone who didn’t grow up with Star Wars and only recently caught up with the entire franchise over the past few years, I can’t even imagine how disappointed some lifelong fans might feel after this one.

Is the entire movie a failure? Of course not. There are multiple plot arcs, special effects, performances, costume and sound editing that are very impressive. But was the movie a letdown? In my opinion, yes. And here’s why.

The kiss? Unnecessary. I’d heard about it’s occurrence before I watched the film, and thought there might be some weird in way in which is could work. I was wrong. Everyone else was right.

I found much of the movie hard to follow. There was a large chunk about an hour into the movie in which I couldn’t focus. In short: I was bored.

It spiced up later on, of course, and there was a typically climactic battle which only Star Wars can pull off. A special shout out goes to the insertion of new character Babu Frik (voiced by the wonderful Shirley Henderson), who brought some much needed humour to a movie which really lacked the previous magic that Star Wars held.

All in all, it was just not a great end to the most recent trilogy. The Force Awakens really was the pinnacle of this new bunch of movies, and The Last Jedi still managed to be better than this instalment. What I’m trying to say is: I’m sad about it.

TQR Category Ratings:

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Overall Rating: *

*As I explained in the TQR’s Ratings Explained page, my overall rating might not reflect the rest of the category ratings as they do not cover all aspects of the film.

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