MOVIE REVIEW: Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Mr O and I were lucky to have one day over the Christmas break with no family commitments and where Little O’s nursery was open so we decided to sneak off and see the latest Star Wars film.

This time Rey (Daisy Ridley) is cracking on with her Jedi training while the First Order continues to kick the shit out of the galaxy. Meanwhile Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) has done a full 80’s soap opera turn and come back from the dead with the intention of enacting some kind of final complete control of the universe type scenario.

I got a bit sleepy at this point so I might be confusing things. Anyway Rey, Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) set off on a mission to find this star guide thingy that will tell them where Palpatine and the Sith are hiding. At the same Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) still has an open to connection to Rey and very badly wants her to join the Dark Side with him so they can rule together. And if that wasn’t enough Rey will finally find out who her parents are.

I mean none of Star Wars really makes sense anymore and the entire Palpatine thing is awfully convenient. And there is a spy plot that is pointless. And people keep coming back from the dead and reappearing as memories and it’s all a bit tedious.

On the plus side, it looks incredible, the droids and weird alien creatures steal every part of the film and I love the chemistry between Ridley and Driver. In fact I genuinely just love Kylo Ren as a character. He’s intense, conflicted and never plays his full hand. This is in no way influenced by the fact that have a bit of a thing for Adam Driver, obviously.

Boyega and Isaac also have a great connection and seeing their relationship grow and evolve is nice. I am a big Oscar Isaac fan so watching him is always enjoyable. Some characters get fitting endings and there are some emotional moments but really the best I can come up with this film is that it was… fine. It is starting to feel a bit (a lot) like a dead horse has been flogged. Unfortunately tits like me keep going to see these films so the likelihood is that there will be more of them… even if this trilogy is now complete.

2.5/5

8 Comments

  1. I have only ever seen the first two Star Wars films, and lost interest after that. Even the presence of Oscar Isaac is unlikely to tempt me to watch this new one.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. I don’t think you’re missing much to be honest. There are far more interesting Oscar Isaac performances out there.

  2. I don’t know. In an age where we get three or four Marvel movies a year I don’t mind one Star Wars film every two or three years. I adore the franchise and really look forward to the next saga. But Star Wars always has been unique in how it provokes a wide range of conversations. I enjoy hearing the many different thoughts on it. 😁

    1. I think we all have fandoms that really grab us. I am really into Harry Potter in a way that I will forgive a lot of stuff. I have friends who are mad for Marvel. My husband loves DC. He even liked Batman v Superman! It just depends on what gets under your skin.

  3. Thanks for sharing. I’ve heard about the same from others who’ve seen it. It’s just, ‘Okay.”

    After the last “new” one, I had already grown bored. I probably won’t see this one until it’s available on streaming. Hollywood lacks originality nowadays. I’m tired of the same old stuff.

    I’m curious about Jumanji, The Next Level. I enjoyed the one from 2017 and also the one from the 90’s. Of course, it’s another re-boot of something already done, but the 2017 one changed the premise a bit and made it exciting again.

    1. I agree on that. There is so much more originality in TV these days. Streaming platforms have opened up a lot of space for creativity.

      I still haven’t seen the first Jumanji reboot but I have heard good things.

  4. I have absolutely no idea how to feel about this film.

    1. I think that is absolutely fair!

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