Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ★½

The Last Jedi was good, y'all were just mean.

On a more serious note, I get that trying to conclude the Skywalker saga would already be a challenging task on its own, but to end off the sequel trilogy with a compilation of the series' greatest hits feels like a huge slap to the face for those who've been following this story so closely.

You can say what you will about the prequels, but if all that it takes is shallow nostalgia in order to appease fan demands rather than actually play around with the mythos in an interesting manner, I'm finding more ground to which I can respect even those films's lowest points. I don't need to be reminded every few minutes or so about how great any of the films in the original trilogy are, because that should be something I already know at this point as it's basic knowledge being told again.

I'm willing to give The Force Awakens a pass for leaning in on nostalgia as it was the first time many of these characters came back to the screen in a while. For the conclusion to the entire saga I would expect so much more than a needlessly convoluted remake of Return of the Jedi without either the thematic resonance or visual appeal that made it a worthy conclusion to its own trilogy.

But the original trilogy sure was great, right?

I wrote a full review here, if you want to give it a read.

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