Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – The Saga Concludes

You know, I have mixed feelings and criticism about this movie. From the start, the style of storytelling from the Disney trilogy is very different from the original trilogy and prequel trilogy. We know “Star Wars” is complicated yet so simple. There is comedy, action, lightsaber, the conflict between family, politics, and so on. Discussing “Star Wars” makes fans and people didn’t stop talking about how great the franchise and legacy are. Since “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi“, both films separate the Star Wars fans. There is the one who is tolerant of what Disney did and there is the one who hated so much what Disney ruined. And for “The Rise of Skywalker”, we would have thought if this movie could have concluded everything that Disney has done and maybe the entire franchise.

“The Rise of Skywalker” seems to be a mere patch and slap Star Wars in the title. The most compelling story is the origins of Rey (Daisy Ridley) and her family. And to be honest, this family tree just makes me sick and drives me insane. The movie starts with Emperor Palpatine, regardless of it’s nice to see Ian McDiarmid again. But, this is what makes me confused. Why did Palpatine appear? He explained if the project he had made for those years, namely to clone Snoke into the multiplier, and would make Rey sit in the new throne of Sith. It’s nice to see if Palpatine with its new design, reminds me of a lot of “Ghost in the Shell”.

Palpatine character itself has appeared in two previous Star Wars trilogy. He was dead in “Return of the Jedi” after being killed by Darth Vader. Vader sacrifices himself and he did a final farewell to Luke Skywalker as his son. It’s well-connected with this entire trilogy. But, Disney comes and then, J.J. Abrams immediately turned on the character forcefully. Palpatine no longer needs to come back to life and let him know that he is Rey’s grandfather. The script can tell these aspects elegantly. However, instant and cheap isn’t the only way.

After Palpatine revealed what he was belonging to and what he just did after the event in “Return of the Jedi”, he was planning to rebuild the Sith and Empire. Is it true that, for many years, he didn’t do much? Are we going to need more spinoffs to fill this hole? Anyway, Palpatine’s headquarters are on an isolated planet in the underground and report to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to kill Rey as soon as possible. In essence, “The Rise of Skywalker” is like a video game. Characters searched for, discovered, hunted down MacGuffin, met new people, went to one to another planet, and repeated constantly.

Rey, with the Resistance led by General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher as archive footage), also has a hiding place. Poe (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo), C-3PO (Anthony Daniels), and friends became their only hope. A signal that Palpatine sent has many fleets to destroy many more planets. It means they must be able to move fast, move fast, and move fast. They don’t have much time left to find Palpatine’s hideout.

This movie is enough “frustrating” from the first act, indirectly mentions Palpatine back again. By just seeing how the introduction is just out of place, we just didn’t know how this movie end. The second act, as I said, is just filled with a bunch of characters moving from one planet to another. Not infrequently, the characters argue because of a small mistake. And don’t forget the wacky act and witty dialogue of Marvel.

This movie is filled with so many blatant inspirations. One of them is “Mad Max” sequences just like you saw in the trailer. Even the lightsaber has something off to me like. It’s just so flat and didn’t have anything unique to it. I mean, it’s a lightsaber and I don’t know why this movie doesn’t work. There are many sub-plots also like when the gang meets a different group of people from a certain planet. They have a little story too if they are ex-Stormtroopers who refuse to take up arms. Just like Finn.

There is another subplot about Poe and his old friend who also has a lot of experience and past. Does this mean we will also get a spin-off? Yeah, I can’t lie if “The Rise of Skywalker” is a fun, soap opera, science fiction adventure movie. It’s great when looking at which parts are very bad, trying to hold back laughter, and some of the people in theater also cry in specific moments. And honestly, there is a sad part related to Ben Solo or Kylo Ren as well. Speaking of Ben Solo, there are many cameos in this film whether it’s through force or sound. Yeah, we know, Disney still uses a first weapon: the nostalgia effect.

“The Rise of Skywalker” still has a chill moment to it. One of them was John Williams’ composition. This movie is trying to create new characters and in the future, Disney will make a series for those characters too. However, we never know. This movie has its charming and magic elements. I went to watch this film without having high expectations considering how the fate of “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi” was. I can’t say if this is a great conclusion to the entire trilogy regardless there are so many moments that didn’t make any sense.

With decent performance with all of the actors and thanks to Disney for that awkward relationship and kiss you have at the end, this isn’t my thing. Even though we grow up with this series, I can’t say if people will attack and attack again. We know what would happen and J.J. Abrams, once again, picking up a broken piece and didn’t know where he would put it. “The Rise of Skywalker” isn’t the worst film of the trilogy besides this is just a verse to the fans and for the nostalgia element. In closing, this is just bad but I can say if this is a decent enjoyable movie.

3 out of 5 stars.

Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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