My parents, who are pretty old and aren’t really Star Wars fans, though my mother is into sci-fi enough to know the sw movies a small amount, both really enjoyed it.
They said it was exciting and looked amazing on a big screen and had a big dramatic ending.
All of which is basically true.
I just wish the technical skill that went into the movie had involved a little more depth, coherence and care with the story and editing. Plus I wish they hadn’t killed Rose’s character quite so blatantly and publicly.
IMHO it could have been a really good popcorn flick and it didn’t really need to be shooting for much more than that (though if it did, I’d personally prefer that). But it just had too many minor annoyances that kept intruding on my enjoyment.
I still mostly enjoyed it, but I wish it would have let me enjoy it more.
While the main actors all did a pretty good job, they were kind of getting by on charm and charisma to fill in the gaps in the movie. The entire theme of the movie was friendship, and the movie and characters kept telling us that they were friends and it was about friendship, but the trilogy never really did much to make them seem like the friends that the OT managed to do.
Poe and Rey basically had no relationship, but kept telling us they were friends. Finn had a kind of relationship with both, but it was never really defined in much depth.
There was a huge amount of ‘banter’, but it was all pretty flippant and cursory (like the stuff about Chewie playing chess).
It could have worked, but the pace of the movie was so hectic that none of it really had time to sink in.
I don’t really mind things like massive fleets of star destroyers appearing from nowhere, because it’s a fun action adventure movie. But I’d like the movie to at least feel coherent.
Heck, if it’s going to be about friendship how about not introducing new characters every 5 minutes and how about not giving one of the pivotal relationships of the movie the elbow, replacing one of the characters with a functionally identical character for no reason, and cramming the explanation into a prequel novel.
Well, a prequel novel to Rise of Skywalker called Resistance Reborn just came out, and it’s offering some answers. One Reddit user recently posted an excerpt from the novel where Poe pokes and prods a bit into Finn’s love life. At first he asks him about Rey. Finn responds with this:
No, nothing like that. Just friends.
Then, when Poe moves on to Rose Tico, it seems to be the same story:
We talked about it, and Crait was… a moment. But that’s it. Friends, there, too.
Poe responds with a funny quip, saying he can’t keep up with all his ‘friends’ before Finn admits he has a bit of a lacking love life. This is the part where Poe/Finn shippers say: “Here’s your moment, Poe! Swoop in!” Since when did the new Star Wars trilogy have lines compariable to a rom-com? It’s all saved for the novels, I guess. While I wouldn’t expect an exchange like this in Rise of Skywalker, the novel is canon and seems to be shooting down any new hope for Finn to find a romance within the Resistance.
I agree with this, though I think it’s much more of an issue in TV shows than most movies. I’m not sure that’s what TLJ did with Poe though… his character arc in that seemed a pretty natural extension of his very limited character in TFA.