Too much of anything can be a bad thing.
Lying is not my thing. When I saw Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I wanted to gauge my eyes out. That is an exaggeration, but in all seriousness I wasn’t really that impressed either. I never really like the movie for plenty of reasons, but it didn’t stop me from giving it a chance. The reboot to the Star Wars franchise was almost a bad idea altogether. Disney could not resist all the fan love that came from Star Wars It was almost a perfect trap because the Star Wars fanbase is big. Maybe quite big is not even a description enough. What they fell in love with I probably have no idea, but since the franchise had fallen in the hands of Disney, I couldn’t help but take a peek at what a Star Wars movie is all about.
I started with the first two movies and got a bit of interest in the first one. The Force Awakens was to me an objectively good movie. I know a lot of fans had something to say about it. Some said it looked like another Star Wars movie from the 80s which was setup in the same manner, but it was still good for someone who had not seen those movies. In fact, I made a conscious choice not to watch those movies because I did not want any of my judgment to be altered from the present day depiction of those movies. I guess that is what I loved about TFA because it was grounded in some sense to the present day viewer, the person who had not seen other Star Wars movies and wanted to take a chance at one of them. Essentially, I feel like this is what made the following movies worse, because that’s when most of the tie-ins started showing up.
The Last Jedi was one of those movies I felt did not sit properly in terms of pure storytelling. The story was hopping from one part to the next and each part connected to another part and this part … I felt like I was walking into a labyrinth and being asked to solve a puzzle which I had no idea how to solve. Simply because I had no idea of any past knowledge being referred to. You can imagine my frustration when the third act of the movie turned out to be a showy display of a character I had little knowledge about only he was Luke Skywalker and he had some significance in the franchise.
I think my main frustration with the Star Wars franchise can be summarized as this:
Movie directors and board directors place emphasis on the characters who don’t really mean much to anyone new to the Star Wars franchise. Much of it is fan service running on gimmicky spectacles that pale in comparison to an average MCU movie. None of it serves the storytelling and the characters are always just moving from one scene to another, trying to find ways to over deliver on just every scene. This is all too much for me, since I have no reason to care so much about any of the characters. The plot they have been running for some time now, mainly shaped around the political conflict of the 80s simply doesn’t take shape in this current world.
It hurts to say this because when I look at the franchise I feel like there is a lot of potential and they are sitting on it. It’s maybe not my place to say it because I may
The Rise of Skywalker
Well it really wasn't quite up to my expectations, but maybe they were too high. They could have done the movie some justice, but who cares at this point.
- Checks all the fan boxes
- Interesting cameos
- Mindblowing visual effects
- Lacks clear storyline
- Haunted by past baggage
- Could have really used a fresh take