Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ½

This is far and away the worst Star Wars movie ever made.

Every single directorial and writing choice made was meant to appease mass amounts of people instead of do anything or go anywhere. There are COUNTLESS decisions that were made that actively go against any sort of thematic weight these sequel movies could've had. The ending to this film is one of the worst I've seen in some time, showing such disregard towards the sequels characters and struggles. The Last Jedi was certainly slippery and struggled to find its footing in the sequel world of mediocrity, but it was attempting to introduce real weight to anything that was happening. The Rise of Skywalker retcons not only this film, but the ENTIRE original trilogy in ways that I will not spoil. Everything was for nought. Nothing matters. These characters aren't people, aren't human. This film feels so entirely detached from anything remotely Star Wars, there is zero conflict that feels grounded or holistic in any regard. It isn't necessarily a cynical product, but isnt thoughtful or artistic enough to be mistaken as a misfired passion project.

This is the amalgam of poor direction and supervision from the get go. I'm not a huge fan of Star Wars as it is. I think the prequels had some merit regarding its emotional and political themes, and the original trilogy isnt all that great but it radiates eager passion and purpose. The sequels do nothing, say nothing, and mean nothing. Disgusting.

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