Jak-Luke Sharp’s review published on Letterboxd:
35mm + 70mm + Codex
”Your journey nears its end”
The Rise of Skywalker is a raging chaotic disappointment. When director J.J. Abrams is not indulging in his tied hands of fan service or damage control, he flounders this trilogy capping film with each and every element. What starts off as a muddled and embellished first act soon roars into a disconnected edit that has no means to pace itself. There is no trauma, no intrigue, no gravitas for what is unfolding. Adam Driver and co take the backseat. This is Daisy Ridley’s film and rests solely on the actress shoulders, of which crumble with the weight of conviction. Ridley’s emotional range is weak and it is poorly implemented, rendering another lifeless performance in a film that lacks any character. John Williams score is nothing short of pathetic and flat, but what languishes the most is this horribly crafted and quite frankly patronising narrative that fails to incite any substance.