(The Disneycember logo is shown, before showing clips from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker)
Doug (vo): 'Cause there aren't enough Internet videos talking about this movie, The Rise of Skywalker, the third and final part in the sequel trilogy in these Star Wars...I don't even know what you call it now. Almost double quintillagy...with spin-offs? This film was not that well-received by critics, not that well-received by Star Wars fans, but surprisingly well-received by the normal movie-going public. (The film's Rotten Tomatoes score is shown, revealing it to have an audience score of 86%, high above the critic score of 51%) That kind of fascinated me. When I first saw it to do the Nostalgia Critic review, I was kind of blown away by some of the choices they made. I just couldn't believe this was the direction everything was going. It seemed so made up at the last minute. I thought maybe if I gave it some time and let it sit for a bit, it would get better, but...no...nah...this only got worse.
Story[edit | edit source]
Doug (vo): The film begins with the dead speaking...yeah, I will never get tired of that...as Kylo Ren discovers the Emperor is still alive, or is it a clone and does he have an army of clo--? I don't know, it's never really that explained. All that matters is Ian McDiarmid is back, and that's cool. He's, honestly, maybe my favorite character in all the Star Wars movies. Does he belong here? We'll get to that in a bit. It turns out he was Snoke and every voice that Kylo Ren's ever heard in his head, and he persuades him to take on, well, the galaxy...which, he was kind of doing anyway. But now he'll be doing it for the First Order/Empire 2.0...who cares? Just take this giant army that'll mostly do nothing in the movie. And Rey once again has to build her strength and her army to take him on. Outside of that, without going into spoilers, I guess I can't say too much more.
Review[edit | edit source]
Doug (vo): I mean, yeah, most people know all the twists and surprises in this, but honestly, it doesn't feel like it matters, because everything just comes out of nowhere. The Emperor's the villain now? Huh...okay. One of the characters is related to somebody else? Well, yeah, who isn't in this universe? Characters die and then come back while other characters betray their sides? Well, yeah, have you ever seen a Star Wars movie? Honestly, a lot of this repeating, I would probably forgive if the movie would just take a goddamn breath. Almost nothing in this movie has a moment for somebody to accept something, to let something sink in. It just feels like a video game, going from one fight to another, discovering information, and then discovering more information, and then another fight, and then discovering more information, then maybe somebody screams in anger, or somebody dies and people bow their heads, and then just on to the next fight or bit of information or...oh my God, I just didn't care by the end. Romances bloom, even though they're never explored. Evil henchmen are built up, even though they're never explored. New and old characters pop up, and, you guessed it, they're never explored. So, why should I care? I don't. There was very little to care about in this movie.
(As various clips continue to show, some of them focus on one of the film's antagonists, Kylo Ren, and the role of General Leia Organa)
Doug (vo): Now, of course, the key word is "little", meaning there were a couple things I did find a little interesting. Honestly, several of the ideas in this film, I think have potential, and I think if you started off the trilogy with these ideas, maybe they could've worked. All the acting is good, especially Adam Driver. I feel like he's the one character that made it throughout these movies without getting scarred...well, I mean, okay, he's scarred, but the character's still pretty cool. I like the way they worked in Leia, even though Carrie Fisher passed before the movie was made. True, you can kind of tell in certain areas, but this was a pretty difficult task, and I thought they handled it rather well.
(After another bunch of various clips are shown, we are shown several clips focusing on Rey and Kylo Ren, alongside clips of The Last Jedi, also mainly focusing on the two characters)
Doug (vo): But aside from that, it just feels like every average, run-of-the-mill sci-fi action film that isn't very good at keeping your interest. The only reason I would stay to finish it is because I did enjoy the two films before it, and, yeah, there's a timeless trilogy that came before that. The movie feels like the filmmakers just went into panic mode, though, because Last Jedi was so divisive, and so many people didn't like it. I mean, not just didn't like it, they despised it, they hated all the choices made, so they backtracked on a lot of stuff. Not to say there was a ton to go off after that film, I mean, a lot of the directions that Force Awakens was building up was also kind of thrown in the garbage in Last Jedi. But at the core, they still had an interesting conflict: Rey and Kylo Ren. They were interesting, they had layers. One had a really complex past, and the other had no past. Yet, they still had this connection and a lot of things in common, but what they didn't have in common was gonna set them in war for the rest of their lives. If this movie just simplified itself and made it about Rey vs. Kylo Ren, I think you could have something here. Would it change the minds of those who hated Last Jedi? No. But apparently, neither did this. At least you could have an interesting story that dives into the psyche of the characters. But instead, we get side quests and treasure hunts and twists and surprises that aren't really big twists and surprises.
(Various clips resume showing)
Doug (vo): But I'm not saying anything that new. You've heard what critics have to say, you've heard what Star Wars fans have to say, so why were there a lot of average movie fans that enjoyed it so much? The only thing I can guess is, it gave what an occasional Star Wars fan is looking for, a lot of action, a lot of effects, a lot of callbacks, a lot of, "Oh, I remember that ship! Oh, I remember that character! They're back! Cool!", semi-complicated ideas with not exactly a straightforward good vs. evil story, but you can still gather the bad guys wear black, the good guys wear white, but one or two of them have bits of grey, so you can feel like this movie is deeper than it really is. And if that's what does it for you, awesome. I'm not so die-hard a Star Wars fan that if you like this film, I'm gonna say you're a betrayal to, like, the whole trilogy, franchise, whatever the hell it even is now. All I can say is, it was very underwhelming for me. Even the people I talked to who liked this movie don't really love it. They're just kind of glad to see the Star Wars-y stuff they liked to see on the big screen on the big screen again. They didn't really get much of that in the prequels and, even to some extent, in Last Jedi. Slow conversations, shit mutinies, and casinos aren't exactly the big reasons people got into this.
Final thought[edit | edit source]
Doug (vo): Whatever your thoughts, I think most people can agree this new sequel trilogy was very uneven, which is expected, I suppose, but it's such a shame nobody had one grand vision or grand idea, and, yeah, I know, even Lucas changed a lot of stuff, and that's fine. Things can be changed, but there was some goal in mind. There was a finish line, just people had different ways of getting there. I think they were hoping talented artists would come in and take it in all new directions, which would be great. People wouldn't know where it was going, 'cause they handed it to different people, kind of like what they did with the original. But for all the different directors they had, it was still one person's vision, and this felt like a company's vision, which isn't always bad if you could hide it well, and I don't think this new trilogy did. Still, I'm glad I saw them. I'm glad I got these new characters that I thought were pretty cool, I'm glad I saw some good effects, some good performances, and, yeah, some new ideas to a world I do enjoy. It didn't entirely work, and some parts drove me insane, but I was excited to see what they were going to do, I was excited to see these new characters, I was excited to see these old characters. I was even excited to see what they were going to keep and what they were going to change. Whether it works or not, I just find that stuff interesting. Is this the weakest of the new trilogy? In my opinion, yes. Is this a satisfying ending? I personally don't think so. But it is an ending. (An image of The Mandalorian is shown) And Star Wars once again must find other creative galaxies to explore.
(The final scene of the movie, as well as the trilogy and the saga itself, showing Rey and BB-8 looking at the twin suns of Tatooine, is shown)