‘Star Wars’ film: ‘The Rise of Skywalker’ fails to deliver on fan expectations


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Warning: the following article contains spoilers 

The “Star Wars” legacy has drawn to a close.  A set of three trilogies has made up the “Star Wars” film franchise, which started at “Episode IV A New Hope,” in 1977.  There have been eight movies released since the first film, most recently “Star Wars Episode IX The Rise of Skywalker.”  

“The Rise of Skywalker” was supposed to conclude the storyline that has been running for 42 years: the Skywalkers.  Luke Skywalker and General Leia Organa were twins who were separated at birth for their protection from their own father, Darth Vader, the antagonist of the first three movies.  The second trilogy of the franchise served as a prologue, showing how Jedi Anakin Skywalker transitioned to Sith Lord, Darth Vader. The second trilogy is also arguably the worst trilogy, known for its cheesy love scenes.

The conclusion to the “Star Wars” legacy began in 2015, and was followed by two other films, generally the opinion of the last trilogy, is that it’s nowhere near as good as the original trilogy, but lightyears better than the second trilogy.  The final movie, to conclude all “Star Wars” movies was generally inconclusive, and left many fans outraged. Only one plot line was resolved, and that was “who really is the main character?” Following the ending of the film, the questions “what was Rey doing on Tatooine,” “will Rey train a new generation of Jedi” and “who rules the galaxy now” have all been raised.  

This last film also saw the death of Leia Organa, played by Carrie Fisher, who had been incorporated into the last two films by way of old unused film and computer generated imagery (CGI), since Fisher’s death in 2016.  Due to her inability to film new scenes, much of her screen time was choppy, and not overly realistic. Leia’s son, Ben Skywalker, more commonly known as Kylo Ren, also died. This left many fans confused, considering he didn’t die from being tossed down a massive pit by Emperor Palpatine, but rather from transferring his life force to Rey, after she defeats Palpatine.  

Speaking of Palpaitne, he somehow survived after his protege, Darth Vader, tossed him down a reactor shaft to save his son, Luke Skywalker, in “Return of the Jedi,” the film didn’t explain how he survived.  This is one of the many plot lines that were sloppily concluded, including why Rey returned to Tatooine, and buried both Luke and Leia’s lightsabers.

The film had an infinite amount of potential, but the 2 hour and 35 minute film tried to fit so many different things in, that a true ending was never reached.  The film received lots of backlash, and rightfully so but regardless of the reviews, many fans still loved the movie because it is a “Star Wars” film. There are enough die-hard fans, who, regardless of film quality, are going to love the film.

Lea este artículo en español aquí: https://laplaza.press/2020/02/12/“star-wars:-episodio-ix:-el-ascenso-de-skywalker”-falla-entregar-las-expectaciones-de-fans

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