Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Starring: Starring: Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega
Written by: Chris Terrio, J.J. Abrams, Derek Connolly, Colin Trevorrow
Directed by: J.J. Abrams
How good is this movie?
It’s… fine. At least it brings Rey’s story to a more-or-less satisfying conclusion. The plot isn’t very well structured, the pacing is sloppy, and the settings aren’t very original. The few good character moments mostly take place between members of the Skywalker clan, while disappointingly short shrift is given to Finn, Poe, and especially Rose. Of the three films in the new trilogy, this is the first I’m not impatient to re-watch. Still, at least it doesn’t do anything to spoil my enjoyment of the other films, and that’s something. Right?
How ace is this movie?
Finn continues to hint at his romantic feelings for Rey, but this sub-plot is left weirdly unresolved. (Ten bucks says there’s a cut scene where the two discuss heredity and unrequited crushes.) Rey also finally gets a snogging scene, but it doesn’t really lead to anything, and Rose’s previously-hinted interest in Finn is also left undeveloped. The absence of any meaningful romantic arcs might seem like a plus, but, given the film’s general ineptness at all kinds of relationships, I’m inclined to call it a product of lazy writing.
2.5 Stars; 3 Aces