WARNING: There are A TON of major spoilers in this so continue at your own risk. This is for individuals who have already watched the movies, because I have a lot of opinions I need to get off my chest lol. In spirit of full transparency, this is basically an organized rant…
This “review” is pretty biased cuz I hate these movies so strap in.
My overall feelings toward these movies can be summed up with one word: eh.
First thing’s first. These movies didn’t need to be made…at all. This is just classic Disney defiling great things for money. That being said, I’m not necessarily mad that they were made, just very very disappointed. If Disney was going to make new Star Wars movies, they could’ve made them actually good. But the trilogy was incredibly lackluster and actually kind of bad. They had a STRONG Disney feel to them. The second and third movies in particular possessed a significant lack of “Star Wars-iness”, with the first one being the exception.
The first movie (The Force Awakens) is an alright movie, and has the potential to be a really good movie. That’s right, with a handful of minor changes and a couple big ones, it probably could have been one of my favorite Star Wars movies because it’s just so fun. I think Rey is great protagonist. I absolutely love her personality, and Daisy Ridley is amazing. I think Kylo Ren is a really cool antagonist, but I dislike that he was eventually replaced by Palpatine. I disagree with the decision to have him wavering between light and dark throughout the movies. I think he should have fully transitioned to the dark side and been the main antagonist. But that’s besides the point. I also really love the line up for the first movie. Originally, I thought Finn was kind of a weird character to add to the mix, but his personality and the fact that he is possibly force sensitive caused him to grow on me. Not only that, but the actor who played him did a really good job.
The second movie (The Last Jedi) is, well, kind of super forgettable. The only parts I really liked were Luke’s return and Rey and Kylo fighting side by side. Other than that, I don’t really care for this one. And what the hell happened with Snoke. The big shot villain was just casually killed off, and we only get like a sentence in The Rise of Skywalker to explain. The fact we got to see the forever wonderful Mark Hamel is literally the only redeeming quality of this movie. Without him, it would be the worst Star Wars film hands down. Fortunately for The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker was way worse.
In the last installment of the sequels (The Rise of Skywalker), Palpatine inexplicably returns from the dead and is once again puppeteering pretty much everything that happens in the movies from the shadows. Now this is where I draw the line. It was a HUGE mistake to bring Palpatine back into the picture. Its very clear that he wasn’t supposed to return because he kind of just shows up out of no where. We were never really given an explanation as to why he’s alive either. George Lucas himself said Palpatine’s death at the hands of Vader was supposed to be permanent (he wanted Darth Maul to be the main villain of the sequels, even though he’s already dead too). Lucas was not happy about J.J. Abrams bringing him back, at all. I also hate that this movie casually made Rey one of the strongest force users in history, if not the strongest. In the first movie she beats Kylo with literally no formal training, and here she kills Palpatine, the galaxy’s most powerful Sith Lord. This movie is truly ridiculous.
From here on out, pretty much everything is my own personal opinion.
What I think they should have done is have Kylo complete his transition to the dark side, and have HIM be the main antagonist after killing Snoke (who should have been a real person, not a fucking clone). I know, “oh Kylo was too conflicted to fully become a Sith”. Well so was Vader. There was a specific catalyst that resulted in Anakin deciding to embrace the dark side: the near death of Palpatine, who could have possibly save his wife from death. Once fully embracing the dark side and snuffing out the light just as his grandfather did, Kylo becomes a bigger threat to the galaxy that Vader, because Vader was never in charge. After this, Rey should have been employed by force ghost Luke to defeat him. Finally, Rey and Kylo face off one last time, with Rey winning and Kylo seeing the error of his ways after losing to Rey and the death of Leia. With Kylo at Rey’s feet, he sees the force ghosts of Luke and Leia smiling at him, overjoyed that he finally came to see reason, denouncing the dark side of the force.
I know. It’s SUPER cliche, but it’s super Star Wars too. And it’s way better than what J.J. Abrams did. At least in my opinion. And even if they did bring Palpatine back, I don’t like that they made Rey his granddaughter. I think they should have kept her as a nobody, with a weirdly insane midochlorian count like Anakin (even though Palatine might have created Anakin himself, but that’s just a theory). In all honesty, I wouldn’t really mind Rey being a Palpatine if Palatine had remained dead. That I would have liked.
Now here comes my biggest issue. I’m not sure if people really realize this because it’s never really mentioned. After Kylo’s death, the Skywalker bloodline has come to an end. That’s it. There are no other Skywalkers. A family of some of the most powerful force users in the galaxy, killed off by Disney and J.J. Abrams…
Overall, the sequels were deeply disappointing. I had to limit myself while writing this because the amount of bad things I have to say about these movies would have made this review obscenely long. They were poorly written, do not fit in with the rest of the movies at all, and unfortunately ruined the Star Wars franchise for a lot of people. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: these movies should not have been made. However, there were several moments where I thoroughly enjoyed myself, couldn’t help but smile, or was literally on the edge of my seat. There was a ton of fan service throughout the movies, and I loved every bit of it. And even though the trilogy didn’t look the way pretty much anyone would have hoped, it’s not all bad. We get to see a lot of old favorites, and Rey ends up adopting the Skywalker name, which I thought was really cute.
Did you like the sequels, or would you have preferred my ending? Let me know in the comments, and may the force be with you.