Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

I'm just going to come out and say it: The Star Wars films aren't exactly the sexiest movies that ever got made. Leia's golden bikini aside, things typically tend to stay pretty tame in the galaxy far, far away. Speaking at SXSW last year, Rian Johnson — the director of The Last Jedi, which preceded The Rise of Skywalker, out today — even quipped that a moment when Rey and Kylo Ren brush fingers is "the closest thing we'll get to a sex scene in a Star Wars movie."

He's not entirely wrong. But the problem with The Rise of Skywalker isn't that it's prudish, exactly. Rather, Star Wars seems terrified of committing to the very relationships it spent three movies, and half a decade, constructing.

Read the rest of my review at The Week here.