2019 *** 142 mins.
J. J. Abrams was challenged with a daunting task when taking the reins on this film. Reception of Rian Johnson's previous film, The Last Jedi was divided between fans who either loved it or hated it. With The Rise of Skywalker, Abrams attempts to both continue the story and negate the previous film, while inventing new elements and tying up loose ends. The result is an overly ambitious, overly busy mess of a movie. Right from the start, it feels very rushed. While The Last Jedi was expertly paced, The Rise of Skywalker is very haphazardly put together. It's obvious Abrams really wanted to make the previous film, too, as it seems as though he's trying to make two films in one here. There's so much going on, it's overwhelming. Once you get into it, though, and your brain grasps the super fast pace, the film does eventually pay off in the second half. It may not be the conclusion to the sequel trilogy we really wanted...some of us really didn't want this sequel trilogy at all...but it's not as bad as it could have been.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (various)
Rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action.
Derek Connolly & Colin Trevorrow and J. J. Abrams & Chris Terrio
Chris Terrio & J. J. Abrams
J. J. Abrams