Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker Review

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, is the latest instalment and the 9th Movie in the main Star Wars arc: The surviving Resistance goes head to head against the First Order while Rey learns the secret of her past and the final battle commences. Starring Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is an….. okay movie. Average at best and it’s disappointing for me to say that.

I’m not saying that Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is a bad movie, not once was I bored during the screening. The character arch of Rey & Kylo Ren was great, both Adam Driver & Daisy Ridley slayed it with their performances. 

The action sequences were shot beautifully and will keep you on your toes. I had a decent time in the cinema and didn’t feel that I’ve wasted my money on the movie. That’s pretty much the only positive thing I can say about the movie. 

AVERAGE AT BEST

Purely from a film perspective, Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker crammed two movies’ worth of materials into one movie. The first & third act was full of quick-cut editing, changing between scenes and location constantly. I felt like I’ve been through 10 locations with three different groups of characters within a five min window and it really does push you out of the movie. You don’t feel immersed in the world nor emotionally connected with whatever that is going on in the film. It kind of reminds me of how B-rate movies are edited.

The plot was overly safe and no risks were taken to bring the viewer on an emotional journey. It is so predictable that you can kind of guess the ending midway through the movie. This totally drew me out of the experience and when the third act came along, it felt like nothing to me. I’m not saying plot twists are the only way to go, heck, plenty of movies are predictable (e.g. good guy wins, bad guy loses) yet are beloved by millions around the world. 

Yes, Palpatine is back

The journey of how the protagonist got to the end and emotional ride that they brought along are the reason why certain blockbuster movies are good. It is painfully obvious that Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is in this state, is due to a lack of overall direction.

A FAILED TRILOGY – A RANT

J.J. Abrams is not a bad director, he can breathe life into a Sci-fi movie and his track record proves it. Watching Star Wars: Rise Of The Skywalker highlights one very big issue: the absence of an overall direction. 

The trilogy was a mess and it hits me that The Last Jedi (directed by Rian Johnson) was the turning point of that mess. It undid most of the setup that was done in The Force Awakens whilst creating even more questions for the third movie to answer. This created the inconsistency in storytelling. What makes it worse is that The Last Jedi is not a bad movie, in fact, I think The Last Jedi was pretty good, but as a bridging second movie in this trilogy, it caused plenty of questions and confusion that J.J. Abrams has to solve in The Rise Of Skywalker.

As much as I love the Star Wars franchise, this is a disappointing entry and a disappointing ending to what was promised as an epic saga. The lack of direction and the bad management of their intellectual property was what caused this mess. 

Despite honestly enjoying the movie, I’m going to give this movie a BRUTAL DISAPPROVE.

Looking for other movies to watch? Check out our Jumanji The Next Level Review.

Wee Wei Song

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