42 years. That's the age of one of the biggest franchises in the world, Star Wars . It all started with the movie that was released in 1977, Star Wars or what is now better known as Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope . During those 42 years the franchise has spawned three trilogies , with the final trilogy starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015 and ending with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker at the end of 2019.
After bringing a very strong story and character to the previous two films, it all relies on The Rise of Skywalker to close it. Indeed, if you have to close a story like The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi it is indeed quite difficult and this is what becomes the difficulty for The Rise of Skywalker , namely how to find the right story, find something that can close a very legendary story.
After a very emotional story in The Last Jedi , The Rise of Skywalker continues the Resistance's fight against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order , who have also been helped by Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid), the main antagonist of Star Wars decades ago. All hope rests with Rey (Daisy Ridley) to stop the First Order and bring back peace in outer space.
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The dead speak! "That is the opening text of The Rise of Skywalker , a statement which is ironically also a warning to the audience that this film is just the previous Star Wars films recycled with different characters. Who is " the dead "? Palpatine.
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Not understanding how a character that should have died decades ago, JJ Abrams as the writer and director bravely brought back a character that was actually very unsuitable for inclusion. How can he not die? Where did he suddenly take control of the gigantic fleet that was given the name Final Order ? What exactly is his goal in this film? It all seems illogical because it is confusing to include Palpatine.
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Not only the roles of Palpatine and Final Order that disturbed me while watching, but also how this film seemed to ignore everything that happened in The Last Jedi . I don't feel any connection, both narrative and emotional, between the two films. The Last Jedi is probably one of my favorite Star Wars films , with its heavy themes and emotional storytelling. However, The Rise of Skywalker feels very foreign to The Last Jedi . Somehow, I felt like they were two very different films with the same setting and characters.
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Is this film nonsense? Very. Does this film sound like it doesn't appreciate Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi ? Looks like that. But with all the flaws, I still enjoy The Rise of Skywalker . I still feel excited, excited, and tense as I spend my two hours with this film.
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The story is illogical, but how each actor and actress do their best to keep the film fun is something I love. How Rey with all his ambiguity tries to fight Palpatine, how is Kylo Ren who is still between good and evil, how Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) become a duo that is both fun and humorous into the film.
The relationship between Rey and Kylo is one thing that stands out in this film, and to be honest I like it. Both of them, trying to do what they think best, the longer it feels that what they are doing is in vain. Rey who realized that everything he had done could be in vain, as well as Kylo who realized more and more that maybe he could side with the good side. Both Daisy Ridley and Adam Driver portray the two characters to the fullest and the result is two characters that will go into history as the two best characters in Star Wars .
Not only do each of the actors do their best to keep this film worthy of being included in the world of Star Wars , but the excitement of every action of this film is still very exciting. Whether it's Rey who dueled with Kylo or the epic resistance between Resistance and Final Order at the end of the film, which may seem impossible or illogical, but it's still fun and exciting to watch.
Maybe JJ Abrams wants to capture a nostalgic sensation to the audience at The Rise of Skywalker by bringing in old characters like Palpatine and Lando (Billy Dee Williams) or wants to give fans what they want, but the result is a film that doesn't appreciate the story that has been. built on the previous film.
I still want to know a lot. Who was Poe before joining the Resistance ? How did Palpatine come back alive? What exactly is Snoke? The story presented by The Rise of Skywalker looks too hasty, so there are still many things that look important but are left behind so that they seem unimportant. If only the story he had made 2 or 3 more films to explain everything as completely as possible, maybe I would understand more and like it more.
- can clearly feel how many parts of the films storyline feel quite outdated when compared to similar themed films released in recent years.
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