There’s a lot going on in The Rise Of Skywalker, and I’m actually having trouble articulating how I feel about this movie. I groaned at a lot of it, cried through more, loved it almost completely. It’s thoroughly predictable, and yet manages to satisfy regardless of that.
I’m not a big lover of twist endings, I think they’re often cheap. The predictability of a formula is not something I consider a fault in narrative. Tropes alone aren’t cheap, though they can be employed cheaply. And The Rise Of Skywalker uses tropes that it’s earned and a few that it hasn’t. It’s a mixed bag of a movie.
Like all Star Wars films it lives and dies on it’s performances. Daisy Ridley gives her strongest in this trilogy, Adam Driver gets less to do than the previous two outings. Oscar Isaac and John Boyega are a damn delight and here’s something that I never ever expected to write, Anthony Daniels really runs away with the thing.
And the score, as you may have heard is incredible. People are calling it the best Williams has done in the series. I don’t know about that. Empire and Phantom Menace are pretty high marks, but it gets close. (I need to listen to it without the film.) But it’s very good. Rey’s theme and Kylo’s theme both get mixed with The Imperial March and Force Theme’s in ways that are wonderful. Leia’s theme is also pretty prominent.
I really, really enjoyed myself.
- Knive’s Out
- Once Upon A Time…In Hollywood
- Jo Jo Rabbit
- Frozen 2
- Spider-Man: Far From Home
- Star Wars: Episode IX: The Rise Of Skywalker
- Avengers: Endgame
- Detective Pikachu
- Zombieland: Double Tap
- Godzilla: King Of The Monsters
- Downton Abbey
The Jungle Cruise: This trailer does not have enough puns. It otherwise looks acceptable.
Onward: I really can’t wait for this. It looks so lovely and fun and kind of scary. Really great.
Wonder Woman 84: GIVE ME YOUR TIME TRAVEL SHENANIGANS AND CHRIS PINE IN A FANNY PACK!!!!
Anway, y’all ready for Spoilers! THEY’RE HERE NOW