Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ★★★

A disappointing end to the saga, but still has some things going for it.

You just don't introduce a major plot twist out of nowhere in the third film of a trilogy. It feels totally overshadows any remaining plot threads from the two previous installments in the "Sequel Trilogy", and is also kinda bland and boring.

The parts that focus on the adventures of Rey, Finn, Poe and Chewie are the best. Especially when the movie takes a few moments to breathe.

Leia's story comes to a satisfying conclusion, but I don't know if some of her screen time feels jarring because we know that it's cut content from the other movies, or if we know that she's dead, or if there actually is something off. But it works well enough.

Really happy that Chewbacca and C-3PO get to shine in this. Especially our golden boy (he got the most laughs in my theater, and the jokes aren't slapsticky either but true to the character and what happens to him in the movie). Also, seeing Lando again just felt right. He lends some heart

Regarding the new characters, I think Babu Frik is amazing. The new droid D-0 could've used some more screen time, it ties in very briefly to a plot thread but could've been made more integral without it feeling forced. Richard E. Grant feels wasted. Keri Russell's Zorii Bliss looks like she is the third and forgotten member of Daft Punk, but gives one of the main characters some backstory (and looks really cool while doing it). Naomi Ackie and Dominic Monaghan have nothing to do really.

I almost forgot that the Knights of Ren make their real debut here, because they are so underused. It's the Phasma-problem all over again. Cool-looking characters that are supposed to be threatening, but never really do anything to earn that moniker.

There is too much action, just for the sake of action. Bombast without any feeling to it. It is a perfect example of why bigger isn't always better. Some of it is exciting and well-done, and the production values are definitely there so it is still pretty to look at (not as pretty to look at as The Last Jedi was) and overall I still enjoyed my time spent, I just wished that the ending could've tied together existing plot lines and mysteries without introducing another one (that honestly just leave more questions than answers).

I truly hope future Star Wars movie at least have a thread going forward about what the overall story arcs are going to be, because in the end it all becomes too jumbled, especially with the unnecessary plot twist in this one.