Review: Rise of Skywalker
It's very rare that I enjoy myself so much at a movie that I make a ruckus but for Rise of Skywalker I ran the gamut of emotions. I feel sorry for people today who have to shit on everything. Seems like no one knows how to enjoy a piece of entertainment for what it is without picking out all the flaws. Newsflash: nothing is perfect. Why not sit back and enjoy the film...or, if you're so insulted let's see you create something better. Rather than say "this sux" with no alternative, I prefer to offer an alternative.
However, my experience with Rise of Skywalker doesn't have any faults in it. Maybe because I'm not looking for any. I used to be a film reviewer and it took all the fun of enjoying the film. I did go in with low expectations because I didn't really like The Last Jedi, but regardless I had so much fun with Rise of Skywalker that I'd watch it over again in the theater and that's something I don't do anymore unless a film was remarkable.
WHAT WORKED FOR ME I enjoyed it all. You won't see an yang to the yin of this review because I legit loved the movie. It had everything I wanted and things I didn't expect. Action, humor, suspense, swerves, hero spots...I'm impressed with the things they threw in that I didn't know was going to happen. For instance...
I thought Chewie blew up! They got me mouth agape there. Also, the lightsaber hand-off from Rey to Kylo was beautifully done.
And I know people have a problem with Rey being a Palpatine but honestly I didn't like that she was a "nobody" in the last one. That's one thing I had a real problem with and I'm glad it worked out the way it did. So cool that Ian Mcdiramid was still around to reprise his role. Return of the Jedi was the first of the franchise I saw and The Emperor scared the hell out of me. Turns out he still does.
Loved the nods to nostalgia that were in there.
They did a nice job for Carrie Fisher. I am left wondering if Harrison Ford was meant to come back in the scene that he did or if that was supposed to be Leia reaching out to her son. Regardless, it worked.
Again, I loved the movie. No it's not perfect, but it was highly entertaining. Put down your critic hats and red pens and just go watch it for what it is meant to be.