The Rise of Skywalker has been out for nearly eight weeks and I still feel hollow. Yes, absolutely hollow. I thought I would get over it. I thought after several weeks I would forgive and forget.
I haven’t forgiven or forgotten…yet.
The Rise of Skywalker, with every week, that passes, reminds me just how badly Abrams brought this story to an end. And what hurts the most is Rose’s minuscule role in the film.
She was one of my favorite things about The Last Jedi. Her relationship with Finn was beautiful. Her sweetness was infectious. Her story was unique. And she was the first major Asian female character to appear in a Star Wars movie.
The Rise of Skywalker made her not exist.
The Rise of Skywalker decided that she wasn’t an important character even though she clearly was. The Rise of Skywalker chose to side with the awful racists who despised this character and shrink her role to the point that she barely had little more than a cameo in the film.
The Rise of Skywalker also ruined one of the greatest villains of all time: Emperor Palpatine. How can you destroy something that was so perfect? He died. Darth Vader was redeemed. Luke Skywalker survived. The Empire was defeated. Leave it at that. No. Abrams had other plans.
Abrams decided to revive Palpatine, induct him into the film as a zombie version of himself, and have him, I guess, officially killed by his own lightning. Great…
Anakin’s sacrifice and redemption have now been tossed out of the window.
And yet, what may be most atrocious of it all, is how Abrams destroyed Kylo Ren’s epic story. The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi set Kylo’s story up so perfectly. The Force Awakens was all about introducing him as the Darth Vader fanboy who wanted to finish what his grandfather started but was constantly conflicted with the Light roaring within him. To prove his loyalty to Snoke he ended up killing Han Solo, thus solidifying his stance as an agent of darkness. But it wasn’t that simple. Not with Kylo Ren anyway.
The Last Jedi delved even deeper into Kylo’s conflicted self, building his incredible bond with Rey and literally stripping him down to his most vulnerable state. I began to actually care about the guy I despised so much and then was absolutely mindblown by his remaining allegiance to the dark side. At the end of The Last Jedi, seeing him kneeling on the ground broken and defeated, I couldn’t wait to see how his story would end.
Now, the beginning of The Rise of Skywalker was pretty epic. Seeing Kylo on Mustafar annihilating foes with his classic bad self was beautiful, not to mention his solo mission to find Palpatine which ended in riveting success.
After that, his story ended, pretty much. Don’t get me wrong, I was emotional when he turned back to the light after seeing a vision of his father as the scene played out as the exact opposite of his moment with Han in The Force Awakens. But still, his conclusion felt so…lackluster. It was what we all expected and many times predictability isn’t a good thing.
Plus, having him die the way that he did was devastating, to say the least.
I love Star Wars. I love the eight movies in the Skywalker Saga but The Rise of Skywalker, it’s the first Star Wars film to make me upset and that’s a bit depressing. I hope, after my second viewing in the future, I’ll find a little joy in the movie. We’ll see.
Sorry for the depressing Star Wars post everyone. After watching The Oscars and seeing clips of the film for the first time since I watched the movie on December 20, I just had to share my thoughts.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a great day.