Star Wars The Rise Of Skywalker
Author: Akshaj Mehta
The Rise of Skywalker Movie Review
Disclaimer: I watched this film in 4DX and will go over that in the later portion of this review. This will contain spoilers
4DX Review: This movie is a love letter to 4DX in my opinion. It feels like it was made for it. The seats movie according to what happens on screen and that is the major draw. You can feel every single laser blast in the movie with the air behind your head. IT was used to great effect in so many scenes. It truly enhanced the movie experience. It felt like Star Tours for those who have been on it but toned down. If someone gets stabbed on screen you can feel it in your back. It’s truly immersive. I would highly recommend this experience to those who are on the fence of trying it.
Rise Of Skywalker Review:
Wow. Where do I even start with this movie. There is so much in 2 hours and 22 minutes. I’ll start of by saying, I loved this movie and have mixed feelings on it at the same time. It’s complicated. I loved the whole arc of Kylo Ren. The final twist of him turning with Han was just so great. I genuinely loved that whole sequence and it didn’t feel out of place at all. Kylo Ren as a whole character was so great in this movie. I do not think he should have died in the end though.
Rey as a character never really had any relevance to me and I never cared much for her character. I thought the acting was good but the character felt out of place, mostly because of how overpowered she is, especially in this movie. We learn that she is a Palpatine but still it feels like she has too much power, especially being a granddaughter. I was actually fine with letting Rey be nobody which the Last Jedi set up.
I did like the Rey, Finn, and Poe scenes though. It was fun to watch in the movie, but in the true place of things it felt out of place and a lot of development behind the screen. C-3PO was also a good addition and he was very prominent. I would have replaced BB-8 with R2 though because he barely gets any screen time in this movie.
I did not like the kiss at the end of this movie. To me, there was no real chemistry with Rey and Ben Solo. You can’t have them kiss and then for Kylo to die. It doesn’t make sense to me. I feel like it would have been better for the roles to be switched in that scene. And then after Ben gets to redeem himself with the Resistance and truly be good.
The space battles were fun in the film. It felt all a little rushed though which is the main problem in this movie. The Millennium Falcon did get the screen time it deserved though.
This movie suffers from pacing issues. It has a very uneven tone at times and is sort of frustrating to watch. It also needed more runtime similar to Endgame.
All in all, I did enjoy this movie and it is becoming one of my favorites. It does have some low points but during the film it is hard to notice since it’s such a ride. Only after it feels sort of out of place. 6.7/10 .
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