The movie has so many distinct characters and worlds that nobody has time to make a difference. So pleasing as it is to see that Richard E Grant marches down polished corridors like an outcast called General Pryde, he has no personality characteristics but his ‘pride.’ The Rise of Skywalker takes us away from familiar unforgettable moments. Another world is blown up; another light wing duel; another dogfight, another between a swarm of TIE Fighters and an X-Wing Warrior. There’s another planet blown up again. Moreover, here’s Harry Potter mythology about the Jedi and the Sith, and even more stressed about the character in which another character is associated. All of these fan services contribute to the highly uneasy question as to whether the dark sides of the force can be taken by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Palpatine. So what do you think? What do you think? Anyone who saw Jedi Return will know exactly what will happen because they saw it before.
The film is well done, it looks so good that a fabulous coffee table book on the concept arts is bound to be present, and it has a good message about never giving up hope. However, the main sense of reverence for Lucas’s imagination is instilling in the spectator. A host of talented individuals created the “Rise of Skywalker” lovingly, but they do all they can to pay tribute to everything they did over a decade ago.
The midsection of the movie is it’s most powerful. After a clunky first act that’s packed with way too many scenes of people talking about who they are, where they need to go, and what they need to do when they get there the film finally settles into a groove with an excellent chase scene that somehow both echoes “Return of the Jedi” and “Mad Max: Fury Road.” There is a nice subplot with an old acquaintance of Poe’s called Zorii Bliss (Keri Russell), and a brilliant, water-soaked lightsaber fight between Rey and Kylo. These scenes don’t have the weight of course-correcting that drags the first hour or the desperate desire to please of the final half-hour. When “Rise of Skywalker” can just be its fun, sci-fi adventure, it succeeds.
And the skills of ‘Skywalker’ are unbelievably high to be fair. Abrams knows how to build such an essential blockbuster and some remarkable settings are available. He is also an overlooked director in terms of performers and is the best Ridley has ever delivered. In several respects, and perhaps the best thing about it she is the core of this film. In “Rises of the Skywalker” there are sequences and beats of character that work really, especially if they don’t feel like trying too hard to complete their “mission.”
The best critique of the film is maybe that Kylo Ren is restoring his mask. Some fans think “The Last Jedi,” their favorite franchise ruined, and J. J is here. Abrams simply collect and reassemble the broken items. And yet, as he has been told, you still can see the breaks, a critique of Kylo’s vulnerability, which is also representative of the film. Often you can’t bring stuff together and look back at history in a way that doesn’t feel mad. The cracks are going to be noticed.