I had a busy Christmas period so this review is a little late. I watched the film yesterday so I’ve had a little while to mull over what I saw – here are some thoughts.
Firstly, The Rise of Skywalker isn’t terrible. In fact, I would go so far as to say that I enjoyed it. There were moments that were truly emotional and I felt so close to the events that were taking place. The death of Leia hit me hard. If felt like a tribute to Carrie Fisher and it was moving and beautiful. It didn’t make sense within the plot of the film, however, but because of the link to Carrie, I just can’t bring myself to hate it.
Moving on to the overarching plot of the film, I am so glad it is over. We have now seen the three generations of skywalkers fight the dark side and win. Please don’t give us any more of that! We’ve seen it. It’s over. The legacy may well live on in the Star Wars universe, but there is nothing about that storyline that would be interesting or worthwhile in future films. Please, for the love of all that is good in this world, give us something new. A great place to look for inspiration would be The Mandalorian. That show was incredible. If future Star Wars films are anything like that, the majority of fans would be ecstatic.
I’m not going to go into any great detail about individual plots or character developments because, to be honest, the film didn’t do much that is worth exploring in depth. The sith were evil. Palpatine had a granddaughter. Rey fought back and is now a Skywalker. Okay. Summary done.
One thing I can’t help but feel about this trilogy of films, now that it is over, is that it was pointless. This story did not need to be told. I sort of understood the prequels. They showed a time before the Empire, and how it came to be. The prequels delved, however shallowly, into how greed, power, and lies can have awful consequences. This newest trilogy either rehashed old ideas from the originals (and sometimes prequels) or ignored all pretense of having a deeper meaning and just became a dull, pointless action film.
The more I think about it, the more I realise that I might not have actually liked The Rise of Skywalker at all. There is a strong possibility that my opinion has been clouded by the wonderful job the soundtrack did in pulling at my emotions. It was spectacularly made in that regard.
Overall, let’s just say that the story of Skywalker need to be over now. We have all had enough of watching the same film over and over again. Give us something new, or nothing at all.
If I had to give the film a rating, I would say 2.5/5. Two of those stars are for the soundtrack.