Written by JJ Abrams and Chris Terrio, produced by Lucasfilm and Bad Robot Productions and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, it is the ninth installment of the Star Wars saga and the third and final film in the so-called "sequel trilogy", consisting of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens ”and“ Star Wars: The Last Jedi ”. This new revival of the series, after George Lucas had completed it years ago with the third episode, has caused fans since its inception to split between supporters of Abrams and purists.
A troubled trilogy
The main problem with this trilogy, regardless of personal taste, is the lack of a unified vision that should have guided the work of the three films. Rian Johnson, one of the few who dared to do something different in the Star Wars universe, openly stated that he had received no indication whatsoever for Episode VIII. Although no official information has been leaked in the sunlight, the ninth episode brings with it the awareness of having to back off on many concepts. Again, excluding tastes, it is very serious to have worked on a trilogy without a single story in mind. They tried to do Star Wars without a George Lucas and the result, as we will see, is disastrous.
You need to know Star Wars to work on it
We come to one of the cardinal points of this review, which disregards the judgment on the film. Both JJ Abrams and Rian Johnson know little or nothing about the world of Star Wars. Unfortunately, nowadays, having seen the six films is not enough to launch a new trilogy. It takes hours and hours spent behind comic books, video games, books. We must ask ourselves what Star Wars is in the second decade of the 2000s and not stand up to great gurus just because we are directors. Said out of the way, I find that some cartoonists have given more to the franchise than Abrams and Johnson. It is a big job, without a doubt, and the possibility of making mistakes is always around the corner. However, I think this effort is worth making.
Having a film in 2019 where the actors clearly do not hold lightsabers but something "heavy" is horrible and clearly makes it clear how the world of the distant galaxy is not clear.
A meaningless plot
Let's start with the most obvious problem of the film: the plot doesn't make sense. The end of Episode VIII and the beginning of IX clash more than the transition between Episodes IV and V. We have clearly seen the First Order win at the end of Johnson's film, so the whole premise of this new resistance does not particularly sense. As if the beginning was not enough, the explanations that are given to all the fundamental questions of this trilogy are botched and ridiculous. Better to keep the doubt about who Snoke is rather than find out the truth. We have reached the point where ignorance is better than knowledge. The film clearly suffers from having to go back to the tracks that Abrams had established but never shared, correcting the events with a shoulder and bringing them back to the "right" tracks.
What happened to the light side and the dark side?
I did not remember that the Light Side and the Dark Side were football teams, in which changing a shirt also changes the affiliation. Well in this film things mix so much that they completely lose their meaning. The maximum point of this mental confusion of Abrams is reached with the soup of powers which we are forced to witness. Without making spoilers, anyone who has seen and recognized that type of use of the Force knows perfectly well that NO one canon could do it ... until now.
The lightsaber fetish must end
Let's get a pebble off the shoe, JJ Abrams, lightsabers are just mechanical constructs with a kyber heart capable of channeling the Force. They are special only because they represent the pinnacle of a padawan's training and falling into the Dark Side for a Sith. Point. In the Old Republic some of them, especially those of the Sith, possessed part of the owner's power but nothing that actually gave an advantage. It was pure prestige. So this story of Luke's first sword, which was actually Anakin's, must find an end.
There is far too much technological advancement in this new trilogy
I find it really strange that technology in the world of Star Wars has remained essentially unchanged for thousands of years, if not very few particularly limited leaps forward, until the advent of this trilogy. In three films we saw, in order: a more powerful structure than the Death Star (which took 20 years to make it with the best minds in the Galaxy and trillions of credits used); a device capable of tracking the jump into hyperspace (if Vader had it, the Rebellion would have ended in three days and two hours); a Sith object that requires to be connected to a machine. Abrams, the Sith create Holocron that require the Force itself as the only interface, if you don't want to study Star Wars, at least look at Rebels which is a series for children!
It doesn't matter that you win. The important thing is that you lose Kylo Ren
When you give a force of galactic proportions in the hands of two kids, here are the reasons that their minds give birth. Is it ever possible that the script got so low? Really? Star Wars once had speeches on Democracy, freedom and what was right to do. Who turned it into a rivalry between two fools?
The importance of the "Journey" in Star Wars
Star Wars has accustomed us to minutes of preparations for a jump into hyperspace, coordinate control, incredible pursuits. Even when the scene was changed, the concept of "this journey takes time, there is no teleportation" was perfectly clear. Seeing some editing choices in this story almost made me believe I was in Game of Thrones. Is it possible that, while people move, everyone else remains absolutely still? If one crosses the Galaxy does history not go on?
"I recommend, not even a scratch!"
This phrase to fans of the original trilogy will absolutely come to mind. We don't want to spoil, so we won't comment further.
The awkward relationship with the Star Wars prequel trilogy
This trilogy would be vaguely acceptable if it came out in 83. Based only on information derived from episodes IV-VI, the story may be plausible. The big problem is that thirty years have passed and three other episodes have come out, very different from the original ones, which have made everything more complex. The comics have increased the dose. So it is not possible to see fights that seem to come out of Episode VI. We cannot receive today a vision of the Force that is ineffable because, in fact, other much clearer notions have emerged.
Without doubt the most static character of the whole trilogy. Although several things happen to her, one more incredible than the other, her character remains the same. It doesn't have a real psychological evolution in this movie either. He continues his strange relationship with the Force, in which he fails the training from Youngling but then performs perfectly complex powers that require years of study. Eventually she denies the long-sought truth, preferring to lie rather than accept herself. A great teaching.
Thank you, Adam Driver. When "The Force Awakens" came out, I thought of you as a disgrace to the entire franchise. Years later I think you are one of the best actors to have ever walked the far distant Galaxy.
The character of Ben Solo is the one with the most evolution in this film. In fact, we are witnessing a profound involution compared to episode VIII, symbolized by the return to the helmet, but soon abandoned in favor of a different journey. He finds he can use a service similar to Google Drive, with which he fights and transfers objects with Rey. We will never discover the nature of this power, even if anyone who sees them together understands it perfectly. A "Dyad in the Force". Eh?
One of the very few characters I really hoped for. Together with Kylo Ren, he had undergone a huge transformation in the last film. Poe, now become one of the leaders of the Resistance, in this film must learn something perhaps obvious to everyone but not to him. Let's find out more about his past but nothing too detailed. A wasted opportunity for an actor who gave a good acting test.
A character whose importance has waned in the previous film until he reached the peak of avoidance in episode IX. In order to find meaning in the character they had to insert extras similar to him, otherwise they would probably have left him in a corner to cry. The answer to a sentence of his that has remained there, pending in the script, is circulating these days. Since very few people care about him, even those who worked on the film forgot to write the complete sentence in the script.
I have no idea what that stuff is. I'm sorry for Ian McDiarmid who had to see a beautiful character reduced like that. No Rule of Two. No logical sense. Just a lot of nonsense that didn't need to exist.
Technical Aspect of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
From a technical point of view, the film is undoubtedly remarkable. As previously mentioned, the only flaws lie in the editing, sometimes with bizarre choices, and in the choreography of the fights. The photography is incredible and some shots have been made to perfection. Graphically the film is able to surprise the eyes and take your breath away. Too bad that to simply detach the brain, you need more than colored lights. The soundtrack is always the John Williams brand, with the songs that have made us fall in love. There is very little new, unfortunately, under the music front. The most beautiful themes were all spent in the first six episodes and the old master, by now, has given the saga all his art.
A forgettable trilogy
The Skywalker saga ended with Episode VI, let's not lie. Seeing as little is revealed about Luke and Leia in these new films, it doesn't even make sense to insist on calling it the Skywalker saga. So let's do ourselves a favor, let's avoid remembering these films in the future as part of the saga.