Skip to main content

Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker | Average Guy Movie Review

Since the Battle of Crait, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has sought to increase his control over the galaxy. All the while Rey (Daisy Ridley) has continued her Jedi training and the Resistance have struggled to maintain a foothold. But when a new threat emerges, the rebels are faced with a race against time to save the galaxy from the Sith and a new Galactic Empire.

JJ Abrams' conclusion to one of the biggest movie franchises in history certainly tries to live up to the word "epic". There is a lot going on here - enough for two movies in fact - and because of that it's all a bit rushed. The movie's pace steams along at something akin to light speed. Rarely letting up - even for the much needed exposition - The Rise of Skywalker jumps from one intense moment to the next. As feared, it is a little JJ does Return of the Jedi. Beyond that, he and writer Chris Terrio have just tried to do too much with one movie. This includes providing a conclusion to all nine movies, and some retconning of what occurred in The Last Jedi. Everything about it feels messy, and you come away with the realisation that for better or worse, the previous trilogies benefitted from George Lucas' singular vision.

By returning JJ Abrams to the helm, there was inevitably going to be some attempt to fix/alter what Rian Johnson did in order to return the trilogy to what Abrams originally intended. Unfortunately, it leaves the sequel trilogy looking like it was patched together, rather than the almost seamless, flowing narrative it should be. Something the return of Palpatine doesn't help. Certain revelations surrounding the long thought dead Sith Lord come across as a bit of a cheap fix. A weak attempt to tie everything together. They also lead to - of all things - a tribute/parody/rip-off of...Alien: Resurrection! I bet you never thought you'd see that in a Star Wars movie! 

And the problems don't end there. Kelly Marie Tran's 'Rose Tico' is criminally underserved. After being one of the most interesting new characters in The Last Jedi, she is reduced to little more than a cameo here. The excuse they gave in reaction to the out cry, how Tran's scenes were all with the late Carrie Fisher and weren't up to scratch, that felt a little weak too. Like they came up with it after the fact. Then there's the title, it's a great title, a little ambiguous but that creates intrigue. However, upon watching the movie you realise it doesn't really apply to the story. After months of speculation as to the meaning of the title, it isn't explained until the final scene - which also happens to be one of the worst scenes in the movie. For one thing, nothing that occurs in those final moments really makes any sense, and it's as if they had this great title, but couldn't make it quite fit the story.

That said, there are a lot of good things about The Rise of Skywalker. There's a lot of exciting action set-pieces, and as you'd expect the visuals are stunning. All of the performances are fantastic, with some interesting new characters like Jannah (Naomi Ackie), Zori Bliss (Keri Russell) and Babu Frik (Shirley Henderson). Not to mention the returning characters; it's great to see Billy Dee Williams back as Lando Calrissian, and C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) gets a decent role for the first time in the sequel trilogy. The lead trio (Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac) finally get to go on a mission together, which leads to a lot of banter and some action-packed hijinks. And the arc shared by Rey and Kylo Ren takes some interesting turns, although a new twist involving their connection through the force felt a little convenient - not to mention ridiculous. But most important of all, it is a loving tribute to the late, great Carrie Fisher.

The Rise of Skywalker may have some fun moments and a lot of action, but the writers have definitely tried to do too much with one movie. This leaves the final chapter in the Skywalker saga feeling more than a little rushed. It may be the end of this epic saga, but it's not the end we deserved.


What did you think of Star Wars - The Rise of Skywalker? Leave a comment below or find us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also email us at


Popular posts from this blog

The Snyder Cut | Wouldn't Be The First Time a Director Got a Second Chance

It seems that a fairly common occurrence amongst movies tied to Warner Bros. is the magical disappearing/reappearing director. Does that mean there's hope for the Snyder Cut? I certainly hope so!

Ever since Justice League hit cinemas in 2017 - possibly even before - fans have been calling for Zack Snyder's original vision to be released. Snyder famously faced issues regarding the darker tone and longer run times his movies were taking, especially after the negative response to 'Batman v Superman'. This of course led to rewrites of the superhero team-up movie, and certain plotlines established or teased in 'BvS' - including the epic Knightmare scene - being dropped. The director then left the production after the tragic death of his daughter. Joss Whedon was brought in by the studio to finish the movie, this included the completion of post production and some major reshoots, further altering the movie. All of which resulted in a movie that is drastically differen…

Dates for Phase 5 of the MCU may have been Leaked

After unveiling Phase 4 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe at Comic Con last month, it's believed that plans for Phase 5 will be announced at D23. But have some of the release dates may have already been leaked?

Charles Murphy (@_CharlesMurphy) - someone who is known for revealing accurate info - has tweeted possible release dates for two upcoming movies. According to Murphy (which "could be subject to change"), Black Panther 2 will arrive in cinemas on 18th February 2022, and will be followed by Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 on 6th May 2022. These dates are similar to the movies that preceded them, Black Panther was released on 13th February 2018 and GOTG Vol. 2 on 27th April 2017. Both movies had a lot of success in their respective slots, so it makes sense that Marvel would attempt to continue that success with future instalments. It has also been confirmed by James Gunn, that he won't be working on GOTG Vol. 3 until after he's completed production of "The …

JOJO RABBIT | Moustache Teaser Reaction

If Top Gun: Maverick is the most exciting teaser of late, then the teaser trailer for "Jojo Rabbit" has got to be the most bizarre. If you haven't seen it, check it out below:

Taika Waititi's latest movie is based on the book "Caging Skies" by Christine Leunens, and tells the story of Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis). A member of the Hitler Youth, Jojo's world view is turned upside down when he discovers his single mother (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a young Jewish girl in their attic. And the only person he has to turn to as he attempts to deal with all that he's going through, is his imaginary friend...Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi).

Now I know what you're thinking; "this sounds bat shit insane!" And to be fair, you're probably right. But Jojo Rabbit looks - in true Waititi fashion - absolutely hysterical. It is definitely something you have to see to believe, and that's just the trailer. One thing fans of …