Review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Is The Worst Star Wars Movie Ever

Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is so inexplicably conceived and so poorly thought out that it bears the distinction of being the single worst Star Wars film ever. J.J. Abrams’s latest foray into a successful franchise is a shocking departure from his previous work. Nothing about the 9th episode in the Skywalker saga worked. The special effects and cinematography (which are consistently strengths in a Star Wars film) were forgettable. The plot seemed forced and, at times, ripped from a delusional super fans Reddit thread. The emotional beats in this film seemed contrived and out of place. There were moments where the main characters in the movie were reduced to being scenery. If the goal of Chris Terrio and J.J. Abrams was to create a narrative that appeases a fan base, then I guess mission accomplished. At least, with Cats, anyone can appreciate that Hooper took a risk, but what Abrams and Terrio did is downright infuriating.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

Part of the reason why we all fell in love with Star Wars is it made us believe in other worlds. Whether it was Tatooine or Hoth, the worlds were terrific to discover and hard to forget. Our heroes went on the craziest of quests to galaxies beyond our imagination, leading to unpredictable outcomes. That’s what drew us in. That’s why we were shocked when Vader told Luke he was his father and got emotional with Han Solo was frozen in carbonite. That is the legacy of this franchise, and episode 9 shattered this.

Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker attempts to cover-up for lack of plot, direction, or purpose by taking us for a trip down memory lane. No amount of Palpatine, Lando, or trips to Endor can make up for the feeling of “What’s the point,” which overcomes you while sitting through the film. For those who had a massive issue with The Last Jedi, at least it felt connected to episode 7. This felt like a forced studio-backed apology for Rian Johnson being an original thinker which blew up in their faces.

Now, for anyone who wants to accuse me of not being a Star Wars fan, I’ve loved the franchise for well over 40 years, but there comes the point where one has to separate fandom from the product. Quite frankly, any positive reviews of this film are likely tainted or clouded by the critic’s passion for the franchise. There’s no other explanation. Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is as bad as they get.

'Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker'
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12 thoughts on “Review: ‘Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker’ Is The Worst Star Wars Movie Ever

  1. A fine point about separating the product from aesthetic emotional reception. The test of quality for a franchise movie, of course, is whether it remains appealing if the franchise elements were replaced (so, remove the catchy SW lines, the Saga’s ships and older characters) – we have here, with ROS, a mess of disjointed elements, a pacing that is scared of spending long with conversations, that offers no depth that would provoke interest.

  2. Anyone who ranks this movie worse than the prequels loses all credibility. Midocholorians? Jar Jar? Padme just does because she’s sad despite being completely healthy? Anakin is a whinier snowflake than Luke. Darth Maul is killed 5 mins after we meet him. All the build up to Vader and he only says one word?
    This movie was fine. It was not the best or the worst Star award film but it is quintessentially Star Wars in feel and tone.

    1. I appreciate the comment but any movie that is this lazy and so focused on being “catnip” for fans is not even close to acceptable in my estimation. I respect your opinion and value your support of the franchise. I guess I wanted more like the Mandalorian (exciting and inspired) less like this.

  3. Found that same with teh other JJ Abrams Star Wars attempt.

    The original Star Wars was fresh and original (one of the reasons they’ve been copied and parodied so much). Abrams is either a coward or was told he can’t make it too original so has to copy copy copy.

  4. The most important character in Star Wars is the Force. The Force was a stand in for God without actually being about any specific earthly religion. Thats what was relatable no matter what your religion or or view of religion is in the real world. Another story that has this theme of God as an invisible and silent character that moves the story along is The Lord Of The Rings. Its actually quite brilliant to be able to convey a religious message without it being obvious you are doing so while simultaneously it being right there out in the open.
    The prequels destroyed this theme that was so masterfully done in the OT by making the Force empirically measurable instead of a religious mystery. All the explaining instead of showing just wrecks storytelling. Thats where Star Wars unravelled. The latest 3-movie series (whats the opposite of prequel?) had an opportunity to bring it back on track but they didnt understand the problem. Disney thought we wanted nostalgia (death star, OT characters, OT storylines revamped) while also mixing in ‘woke’ political messaging. What the fans wanted was new and innovative storylines and characters but a return to the Force religious mystery theme of the OT. The ROS is damage control, primarily with TLJ, but it cant fix everything that went wrong starting with the prequels. It also needed to understand what the problem actual was.

  5. At this point – after the first two sequel movies – it’s the best we could hope for. I enjoyed the movie because my expectations were about a quarter of an inch off the floor and I wasn’t looking for anything other than fan service. It’s unfortunate that was my mindset going in, but it is what it is.

    The Mandalorian has been a treat and I’m looking forward to more projects like it in the future.

  6. Prequels were ahead of their time and everything about them was beautiful- from the music of John Williams which lacked spectacularity in the sequels(Attack of the Clones garden wedding of Anakin and Padme was just flawless on this soundtrack: ;also the “Duel of the Fates” theme) to the wonderful duels with Darth Maul and Count Dooku, from the wonderfully introduced characters like Qui-Gon and the slave owners on Anakin’s home planet and to the wonderful actors involved: Neeson, McGregor, Ian McDiarmid, Natalie, Hayden, Christopher Lee. Yes, they were too childish at times as Lucas attempted to make a light hearted first film, but it built on that and the tragedy became awesome by its last act.

    I didn’t like any of the characters or the writing in the sequels. It was either copy-pasted or simply shallow (like Avengers blockbuster shallow)

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