Disney Star Wars is creatively bankrupt. There, I said it.
The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi were nothing more than rehashed ideas comprised of over-used plotlines and contrivances trying desperately to play on our nostalgia heart strings. And after viewing The Rise of Skywalker, the final chapter in Disney’s sequel trilogy, I can confirm that it too plays much of the same tune.
In the opening minutes, we are treated to the film’s big reveal; Emperor Palpatine is back. And not only is he back but he wants to enslave the galaxy with an army of planet killing war machines.
If this sounds like every other Star Wars plot you’ve ever heard, then you wouldn’t be wrong. After all, it is only the fourth time we’ve seen space Nazis use planet killing technology to try and rule the galaxy.
Another big issue with this film is its pacing. The first third flies by like a ship travelling through hyperspace. Main characters jump from one location to the next with little time spared for development or chemistry and the result is a film that’s got no emotional pull whatsoever. I felt nothing for Rey, Finn or Poe because the story was progressing so fast, I didn’t have enough time to get attached to them. This was a serious problem because when the stakes got high, I really couldn’t have cared less if our heroes met their demise at the bottom of a Sarlacc pit.
Disney Star Wars is a textbook example of how not to run a franchise. From insider leaks claiming that Disney had no concrete plan for their sequel trilogy to the company hiring and firing numerous directors attached to their projects, Disney’s strategy of playing it fast and loose with this once-beloved franchise has left loyal fans like me looking for something new. And that’s the biggest failure to take away from this uninspired train wreck of a trilogy.
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