Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

Right, let me set the record straight. I actually like Star Wars. I can't resist the temptation of watching a new instalment in the franchise whenever one is released. However, 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' is definitely not one for everyone. In fact, I'm not sure it's even for most Star Wars fans. In all honesty, this trilogy has gotten progressively worse, and the same can be said for the entire Star Wars film franchise since the release of the original trilogy. The one thing I liked about this film is how incredibly beautiful it is. That includes the scenery, the lightsaber battles, and the sound. This category is the one thing the film got spot on, arguably up there with some of the best in the series. However, it's just pretty much everything else that falls short of the expectation that comes with a Star Wars movie. The recycled storyline is beyond obvious, the acting is sub-par (although I think Adam Driver is criminally misused) and just in general, it doesn't feel like a Star Wars film should. What made the original three incredible was how different they were, and more so how gripping and intense they were and still are. Everything since has lacked, and how anyone thought this could be an appropriate ending to the saga is beyond me. After Episode VIII, I had that feeling going into this of "I've died before", and unfortunately, this was even worse. I'm sorry Star Wars but take a note from Marvel and make decent films.

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