Jun 22 2020, 3:49am
I was planning on never seeing this movie since I really only enjoyed the first 2 1/2 movies (points deducted on 3rd movie for Ewoks and a 2nd Death Star plot). I'd seen all the others, and figured "Fool me 5 times, shame on you, fool me a 6th time, shame on me."
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
But I'm glad I watched it, and I enjoyed it more than expected.
There are more, but that's a good start.
- Ren stopped being a weakling and was an equal match to Kylo. And in general, she was no longer a damsel in distress. And I like how she and Kylo had a plausibly complex relationship/rivalry.
- The visuals were stunning.
- Pacing was good. (The last 2 movies were dull and slow to me.)
- The Sith lair was suitably creepy, mysterious, and epic.
- Battles with spaces ships! Battles with light sabers!
- People were using the Force instead of forgetting they had it.
- While I'm not a thrill of the soap opera schtick that everyone's related, and I'm pretty sure R2-D2 is Leia's half-sister by an android cousin who was Luke's other uncle who was briefly engaged to Palatine's concubine who was really the mother of Yoda---you get the idea, it gets silly. I did like how there was resolution to all the family ties, so it's forgiven.
- C-3P0 is finally likable. About time! And Ren too: this was the first time I liked her and thought she had a brain. I don't think she pouted once.
So even with the things I didn't like, I still liked it. I hope others do/did too.
- While I was not a superfan of Rosie, I thought she was a worthy addition to the ensemble cast (which I find weak overall), and seeing her relegated this time due to fan hatred seemed a wimpy decision. I guess Finn can only have a girlfriend with the same color of skin, until he loses her to Billy Dee Williams, which was creepy.
- Chemistry is hard to pull off, but somehow those unlikely, bickering friends in the original trilogy had it, and this time, IMO, they NEVER did. Finn, Poe, Ren: you always looked like total strangers to each other, including when you had to hug, which looked like enemy in-laws forced to pose together for photos at family reunions, desperate for the photo to end so you could scatter.
- OMG, why did Kylo have to resurrect that stupid helmet? I was so glad when it was destroyed last time. It's just a dumb prop that should be left to Vader alone.
- When you blow up a planet, it really ought to seem like a cosmic atrocity, not like a 2-second clip from a video game. That's BILLIONS of lives being wiped out along with their civilization, and these movies give it all the emotional impact of a parking ticket. (And that goes for the original destruction of Alderan too--just so poorly done.) Rogue One was the movie where I really felt a tragic loss when a planet was destroyed instead of a hiccup.