Star Wars – Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker

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Take the franchise name off Rise Of Skywalker and it falls into sci-fi mediocrity

After the enormity that comes with a franchise as big as Star Wars, offering a new trilogy filled with everything modern blockbusters desire, a lot of questions offer themselves freely on the table. A lot. But what does it love asking most?: Do you care? Do you care about these people who have risen against the dark and worked together to at least attempt to foil the evil ones?

The answer should be easy: Yes (as one gives in to the tears dripping from a gleaming face); but in reality, the situation is far more bleak. 

A year after the events of The Last Jedi, Supreme Leader of the First Order Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is alerted to a transmitted message sent from the late Emperor Palpatine on the legendary Sith planet Exegol. Meanwhile, Rey (Daisy Ridley), also aware of the message, leaves nothing to chance as she defies General Organa’s (Carrie Fisher) advice, and sets out to find the coordinates for Exegol and Palpatine’s hideaway.

Adam Driver and Daisy Ridley in “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker”.

Taking a view of episodes seven through nine as a realist, the films just became a series of directors undoing another filmmaker’s mess, and Rise Of Skywalker is the mess undoing finale. There are still so many things to love, with the scale and style of a Star Wars film always somehow topping its contemporaries, but it just doesn’t hit the spot it should. It leaves want for greater character expression and a truly cohesive story that offers a true power struggle, but realistically, ever since The Empire Strikes Back that is exactly what the Star Wars fan base has craved.

Take the franchise name off Rise Of Skywalker and it falls into sci-fi mediocrity, with an excessive budget, and really that’s all Star Wars has been for a long time; longer than anyone would really like to admit. 

Of course it has lightsabers, Yoda and Adam Driver, but every franchise has its highlights, and as much as any fan would love to say every Star Wars feature has replay value and adds its own personality to the ever increasing list of films, really, they don’t, and it’s probably not ever worth explaining why that is such a shame.


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