Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (0/1 Hats)

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Just saw “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” – Sith Busters. Conclusion: 5/10. There is something to be said for generically popular things that maintain their quality. “Avengers: Endgame” and “The Rise of Skywalker” both had a shared purpose this year of closing out tremendously popular sagas. Indeed, inasmuch as they share, I believe the contrast of these two films will be a defining thing to look back upon.

To say everything “Avengers” did right “Star Wars” did wrong would be terribly simplistic. Yet, a stark contrast remains in the vision, execution, and resonance of these movies. “The Rise of Skywalker” dazzles as brightly as any blockbuster with its colorful and contrasting visuals, and evokes every bit of nostalgia with the sweet humming of those familiar John Williams scores. Though as things progress, the film runs increasingly like an assembly line of homage and service to all we’ve seen before, without much substance to enrich things. There’s a lot of icing, but not much cake.

While “Endgame” is equally overstuffed, it at least understood and presented us with a clear and overarching arc. The characters were invested in and given a journey that was coherent and comprehensible. Likewise, the movie trusted its audience and paid those things off with delight. Whether it was giving into pressure to course-correct after Episode VIII, or just general laziness, with “Skywalker,” some of the characters reached their logical endpoint, but the needle was clumsily threaded. It’s not terribly difficult to see why some of the characters arrived at their destination, but the how is given such little attention. Indeed, this antipathy towards the previous movie is not so thinly veiled. Any chances or risks the previous movie sought out were handily undercut and dismissed. In the end, the movie tries to finesse things so hard that any resonance some moments could have had were lost. This forcing of things, at times, becomes inadvertently comical – using the actual Force to move things along in the most expedient of manners. The nostalgia of it all is there in spades, but don’t expect the satisfaction like that of seeing Captain America finally getting his dance with Peggy Carter. And though some we know may pass on, the resonance of losing Tony Stark has no simile here. Maybe all the icing is enough for some immediate contentment, but I struggle to see how this provides a conclusion that will leave anyone feeling full.

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