the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker The review embargo has ended and it seems that the film is on a bumpy journey. Then The Last Jedi was adored by critics and despised by a part of the community of admirers and Single bombed at the box office, this end of the sequel trilogy was meant to end with an explosion. Unfortunately, according to most critics, it is ending with more groans.
It should be noted that Rotten Tomatoes has no consensus on the film, but at the time of writing this is at 56% with 43 reviews. Whether or not the 60% mark eventually breaks into "fresh" territory or not, it seems that this is easily destined to be the worst review of the sequel trilogyThe awakening of the force is at 93% and The Last Jedi to 91%) and may become the worst reviewed Star Wars movie from The phantom menace (53%).
Let's dive into some of the positive reviews, although it must be said that they are all quite critical:
"The rise of Skywalker It's the farewell the saga deserves. The bad news is that it is largely the farewell we expected. Of course, there is an epic action to savor and surprises and spoilers to spill, but given the long, long accumulation, some of the great revelations and developments of the saga can be a bit unsatisfactory in reflection. "
Ian Sandwell for Digital Spy says in his four star review:
"Given the task Abrams faced when he returned to the franchise, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker It is an impressive achievement. It will not please everyone, of course, but there will be many who discover that the Skywalker saga ends at the top. "
"Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, neither the best nor the worst of the "Star Wars" franchise, does exactly what it is supposed to do: offer a sincere goodbye to an arc of history and the characters that have captivated pop culture since the first time that made its way into the screens in 1977. If it is not all that it could have been, it is also more than enough. "
Now let's turn to the most negative reviews:
Darren Franich enters hard on Entertainment Weekly:
“We need a new franchise designation for this wobbly and bloodless conglomerate of What Once Was. Rise of the Skywalker It is not an end, a sequel, a reboot or a remix. It's a zombie. "
Courtney Howard for FreshFiction.tv He says:
"Unfortunately, this is a soulless entity, it lacks a large part of the force of convincing character and impressive action pieces, necessary ingredients to spread its message with power and shock."
"It is an unfortunate fall for a franchise born of the brave self-confidence of a bold vision that once walked and jumped into the expansive sky, but now it only seems to exist as a fragile resonant whisper decaying in a galaxy far, far away."
“The most accurate way to describe it, I think, is like an epic nerve failure. This "Rise" feels more like a retreat, a return to an emotional and thematic security zone by a filmmaker with a gift to package nostalgia as subversion. "
Oof It is common in almost all these criticisms the feeling that Disney and Lucasfilm are scared by the reaction to The Last Jedi (even though Bob Iger insists he doesn't). They point out that some of the revelations of that movie are reconfigured and go back to complexity until we are back in a comfortable territory of the light side versus the dark side.
Regardless of your opinion of The last Jedi Disney and Lucasfilm signed that script knowing what was in it, and they should have stayed with him simply to create a trilogy with thematic continuity. Instead, it seems that retreating to a safe place has resulted in a film that, at best, speaks of a fun trip of popcorn instead of a good real movie.
However, the real litmus test will be how the public reacts to Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Perhaps we will see an inversion of the Critical vs. Disparity score. Audience we saw with The last Jedi Either way, these are not the brilliant reviews that the study was looking for.