Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker – I Laughed A Lot

Rating (2 out of 5)

Summary: While “Rise of Skywalker” is slightly better than its predecessor “The Last Jedi”, this film is still a hot mess. Characters from Last Jedi are summarily dismissed, Lando becomes the creepy old guy, oh so many things were wrong. I pulled my jacket over my face to stop laughing so loud at parts and disturb the others in the theater. The closer to the end, the more outrageous the film became. My daughter was sitting next to me predicting lines.

To paraphrase someone in my office accurate assessment of this film. I much rather see “Jumanji: The Next Level” than “Rise of Skywalker.”

Plot: Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) has returned. Rey (Daisy Ridley) and friends must find the secret hidden planet of the Sith to defeat him, or the universe will fall under his control.

Detail: There were noticeable improvements in this film compared to the previous film. Rose is barely on the screen. General Hux is finally cast aside. However, I question why either character was there at all. The story also follows the team more as a single thread, rather than everyone spread across the universe.

On the negative side, they threw everything and everyone in here. It didn’t make the story better. I didn’t need a ghost of Leia, a ghost of Luke, or a vision of Han. Lando returns but why did we need him. We already had strong character in Maz (Lupita Nyong’o). Somehow the writers turned a beloved hero, Lando, into a stalker. I think they had him return, to add his character to the Star Tours ride at Disneyland.

Did I mention Emperor Palpatine returned? What the hell! There were scenes at the end with Emperor Palpatine closely resembled “Return of the Jedi”. So close, one wonders if anyone attempted to write an original script.

I could go on forever with everything that I didn’t like about this film. Horses on the battleship, the mysterious fleet that appears, the new characters we didn’t need, a Wookie sobbing, CGI Luke and Leia when they were young, etc.