MovieStarsNews – The Rise of Skywalker opens with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) finding the wayfinder (a kind of map) that takes it to Exegol. At Exegol he meets with Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) who of course says that he created Snoke (Andy Serkis) to form First Order. Quickly Palpatine then told Kylo to bring Rey (Daisy Ridley) to him.
While Rey is training to become the most powerful Jedi so he can defeat Kylo and the entire First Order, Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) find information from hongkong prize First Order spies. They then together sought out a wayfinder to take them to Exegol. And their efforts to find where Exegol is located certainly bring them into various adventures filled with drama, intrigue, secrets revealed and a quest for identity.
When J.J. Abrams was approached by Kathleen Kennedy to continue the Star Wars saga, according to many reports Abrams rejected the attractive offer. But after all, Abrams’s geek’s soul was shaken. He finally accepted this offer and became the only director who worked on both Star Wars and Star Trek. In the hands of Abrams, The Force Awakens, the first film of the new Star Wars trilogy became a blockbuster explosion with the acquisition of two billion dollars just from ticket sales alone.
The formula is “do not ruffle an existing inheritance”. Everything in The Force Awakens is whatever Star Wars fans want. The Force Awakens is filled with nostalgic elements and almost every moment screams iconic scenes in the previous trilogy. Introducing three new heroes has also become a surefire way, although in the end many criticized that whatever Abrams did in The Force Awakens was lazy. Nothing is original and everything feels like a manufactured product.
Enter Rian Johnson in the second volume of this new trilogy. The Last Jedi is an anti-thesis of The Force Awakens or all that has been built by Star Wars. That’s probably why hardcore fans hate this movie to death. Even to attack the director and players of The Last Jedi. What Rian Johnson did was give depth to Star Wars mythology. He makes antagonistic characters like Kylo Ren become like humans because in life there are no black and white. Everything is gray.
He makes the struggle to be a hero feels like a burden, not a call. Johnson makes the battle against tyranny more than entertainment. Johnson points out that this war is life and death. In short, he made The Last Jedi one of the most interesting and most exciting Star Wars entries since Empire Strikes Back. With dry humor, sophisticated dialogue and far more cinematic war scenes (the red color in The Last Jedi is truly beautiful), The Last Jedi has succeeded in rejecting all fans’ expectations and giving a new foundation.
The Rise of Skywalker was present to erase everything created by Rian Johnson in The Last Jedi. Instead of matching or equalizing with Rian Johnson, Abrams finally agreed to please fans by giving them whatever they wanted. In this film there is not a single scene that will bore you because the movie moves very fast. Spectators are invited to jump around the size of the galaxy with a variety of plots and events. Everything is fun, everything is exciting but no one will surprise you. There is no single scene that will shock you as Johnson did in The Last Jedi because like The Force Awakens, this movie plays safe.
From dialogue, interaction between characters, character’s decisions to the climax round all in accordance with the book that was made by George Lucas three decades ago. There is nothing groundbreaking. Nothing will surprise you. If you like The Force Awakens, you will like this film. If you like The Last Jedi, this film will make you sleepy because this movie has no guts to do anything radical.
Not only does Abrams still play around with nostalgia and try hard to force the viewer to feel all the emotions in his dramatic scenes, there are many scenes in The Rise of Skywalker that will make you roll your eyes so corny. Characters that previously seemed to have depth returned to caricatures. Rey will remain Rey who struggled to walk towards the light. Gone are the edges given by Johnson in the previous film. Poe is still like the KW version of Han Solo. Finn in this film does not contribute anything other than most screaming calling Rey. And what’s sad is the character of Rose (Kelly Marie Tran) whose role is down to dialogue extras. Unlike her role in The Crucial Last Jedi, in this film Rose only appears occasionally to remind you that she is still there.
Visual The Rise of Skywalker is still magnificent. Witnessed on the big screen you will feel how this grand film indeed requires a lot of money. Scoring John Williams remains powerful. Dan Mindel’s picture looks deadly (though not as bad as Steve Yedlin in the previous film). And the visual effect is truly magnificent.
For Star Wars lovers, the presence of The Rise of Skywalker cannot be missed. Star Wars comes not only as entertainment but it is one of the pop culture heritages that is worth celebrating. But don’t expect that this film will give you something wild because like Abrams’s previous works, The Rise of Skywalker is fun to watch but it’s so easy to forget.