Rise of Skywalker has an unsteady flight into theaters

Sullivan Reilly, Entertainment Editor


    I finally watched Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker in the first few days of its release, and it was barely okay. 

   The pace of the movie was quite odd. The first two-thirds went very quickly. It was entirely plot, so things kept happening with no breathing room, and I disliked that.

   There were almost no real conversations between characters for a large portion of the movie — everything happened just so the film could progress in the odd story line it presented, which gives the characters less time to develop. 

   I also disliked how everything seemed to be easy for the good guys, to the point that it made no sense. They had to find a ship of a Sith assassin, which started off kind of cool, but it then started to make no sense. When they find this said ship, of course what they need is not there. Their problem is solved, though, when they eventually fall into a big area of quicksand with a cave below it, so they survive with no problems. They then find the body of who they were looking for and then find the little dagger that they apparently needed. It is obviously a coincidence in the movie, but it clearly, to the viewers, it is an easy and low effort way to move the plot along.

   “I found it weird that everything was almost given to the characters. It hurt me because Star Wars was losing the focus on the story,” said Allen Noland, psychology teacher and Star Wars enthusiast. 

   This ease happens throughout the whole movie, though.  The final fight of the movie is visually stunning. It looks great, and of course it is intense — but when you get to breaking it down in even a slightly logical way it begins to make no sense at all. Palpatine created a fleet with an obvious weakness,  which is very unlike him. It is simply added in just so there is a way for our heroes to win. Of course I want them to win, but it felt like it was too simple for them, in a way that it was not impressive in the slightest. 

   The way they used Anakin Skywalker disappointed me as well. The first two trilogies were about him and his balance to the force. The prophecy was the driving factor in almost all of Star Wars before The Rise of Skywalker. When all the Jedi talk to Rey, obviously Hayden Christensen had to play Anakin’s voice, which is cool in the moment, but it is entirely used just to please the long-time fans. He told Rey to “balance the force” just as he did, which was an interesting thing to make him say. Since Palpatine came back in this movie he [Anakin] never technically balanced the force, so it was bizarre from a fans point of view. Since he is what Star Wars has been about, he should have played a way bigger role in the movie, especially since the main villain is Palpatine. 

   “Disney attempted to make all the generations of Star Wars fans happy using Anakin Skywalker, but they picked the wrong way of  pleasing everyone,” said Noland. 

   The last thing I wanted to go over was the “Reylo” relationship. It was speculated since the first movie of this trilogy that it would end with some sort of “love” between the heroic protagonist Rey and anti-heroic Kylo Ren, since they have been connected through the force throughout. So of course they explored it in this movie, and it just did not feel right. Right before Ben (Kylo Ren) dies, he kisses Rey. It felt very rushed. In my eyes, it was fine that they were connected, but it did not feel like it was at the level the writers wanted it to be at. Their relationship throughout did not feel very romantic at all. 

    “I did not like Rey and Kylo Ren’s relationship,” said Kaci Hunter, class of 2023. 

   I can not say I liked this movie too much after I explored many concepts that are important to Star Wars. It just was not a good entry into the franchise. The only thing I will give it is the fact that it probably ended this trilogy the best it could. It was not given very much to work with, so the fact that they were able to create a somewhat coherent story for this last movie was nice… even if it felt like it could have been cut up into its own trilogy.