The End Of The Skywalker Saga
Star Wars fans are bracing for the release of The Rise Of Skywalker, which will bring the beloved, nine film Skywalker Saga to an end. The previous film in the series, The Last Jedi, left fans very divided, and many wondered how returning the franchise to director J.J. Abrams would affect the final installment.
There are many storylines to wrap up, and on Monday night, fans and critics were able to see what paid off at the Los Angeles premiere of the film.
What The Critics Are Saying
The first reactions to the film hit Twitter, and the audience is decidedly mixed, with most people agreeing that the film is "a lot." IGN editor-in-chief Terri Schwartz explained:
"I’ve seen #StarWarsTheRiseofSkywalker. It’s... a lot. There’s a lot I like and some I loved but overall my feelings are pretty mixed. It felt like an apology for The Last Jedi in some ways and a sequel to The Force Awakens in many, which I found frustrating."
Youtuber Kristian Harloff was positive in his review, with some reservations.
"Lot to take in with #riseofskywalker It is the big adventure, lightsaber adventure I hoped for. A few things I still wonder if it was necessary but it was a very satisfying end to this new trilogy.
Some People Loved It
Screenrant editor Mansoor Mithaiwala was a much bigger fan, raving about how deftly the film pulled off the finale.
"Star Wars: #TheRiseOfSkwalker is TRULY a satisfying conclusion to the saga. It answers practically everything you want to know and more.. with some twists and turns. If you think you know what's going to happen, think again. #StarWars"
Fandango editor Erik Davis was effusive in his praise, calling it everything you'd want in a Star Wars film.
"Epic. All of it. #TheRiseofSkywalker is a terrific finale that is just stuffed with so much of everything. Action, adventure — answers!! — humor, heart, love, and grit. I spent the entire second half with tears in my eyes - a wonderful way to end the Skywalker story"
Others Aren't So Sure
Others were much harsher on the film, including New York Times critic Kyle Buchanan, who felt that the film was an awkward shift after The Last Jedi.
"RISE OF SKYWALKER could only have been ruder to Rian Johnson if they had motion-smoothed it"
Cinemablend's Eric Eisenberg was also not a fan.
"There is good in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. But there is more that is disappointing. There are a number of choices that just don't track, fan service that doesn't work, and ignored details that are missed. I'm bummed. #StarWarsRiseofSkywalker"
Still, with a film as big as The Rise Of Skywalker, it's best to form your own opinions. Will you be there when it hits theaters December 20th?