By Matthew Zehner, Staff Writer
The most recent Star Wars movie, “The Rise of Skywalker” has been a big hit in the box office, grossing over $1 Billion in only the first 28 days of being released. However, was the highly touted release really worth the hype?
There were many good and bad moments throughout the movie that kept you on the edge of your seat. For any Star Wars fan, the immediate play on nostalgia makes the movie really entertaining to watch. The movie was action-packed, full of surprises that propelled the plot forward and reminiscing on the original trilogy.
“I would rate it about a 7.5 out of 10. While there were glaring plot holes that were never explained and breakneck pacing throughout the first half of the movie, it was still entertaining and enjoyable. Kylo Ren was easily the best part, and I enjoyed the character arc he was given, although I wish it ended differently. Lots of loose threads and arcs from previous movies were tied up in the best way they could. Although it wasn’t the exact ending I wanted, it was satisfactory in my opinion,” said Will Gruszka ‘20.
Despite all the good moments in “The Rise of Skywalker,” there were many aspects of the movie that kept it from being an absolutely great movie. “The Rise of Skywalker” seemed to focus more on either resolving or contradicting instances and choices made in past movies rather than solely focusing on this movie. “The final product was a Frankenstein project that simultaneously tried to invalidate ‘The Last Jedi,’ while combining Abrams’ vision for episode 8 and 9,” said James Niewiarowski ‘20.
Using the force as the ultimate plot armor throughout the movie, some parts seem quite confusing and unrealistic even in the Star Wars world. Throughout the movie, one specific quote from “The Force Awakens” seems very applicable: Finn said, “We’ll figure it out. We’ll use the force”, and Han Solo responded, “That’s not how the Force works!”
The Force was conveniently utilized in ways that have never been used or known to be possible, leaving many Star Wars fans unconvinced. “I would rate it about a 2 out of 10. JJ Abrams yet again decides to leech off the nostalgia and hype around the original trilogy in bringing back the old set of characters yet again, while adding new characters who are boring and uninspired. Rey is so inexplicably powerful even though she had little to no training, and the whole movie panders to certain agendas when it should be focused on Star Wars,” said Jackson Wildermuth ‘20.
The pacing in the movie is very fast, rushing along plot events one after another, leaving little room for dialogue that didn’t push the next plot point. This allowed for a ton of action to happen in a short period of time, but leaves little room for actual character development.
The death of a main character who many have grown to love throughout the movie felt unnecessary, leaving many wishing for an alternate ending. “It made me appreciate Episode 6 a lot more because it had that happy celebratory ending that I didn’t really feel like Episode 9 had,” said Mandarin teacher Mr. Wu.
The movie attempted to tie up as many loose ends as possible, especially from past movies, and it did the best it could all things considered. Despite all of the aspects of the movie that weren’t as well received, the movie was still fun to watch, and a must see for any Star Wars fan.