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REVIEW: Final ‘Star Wars’ movie has rough landing

By Nicholas Serpico

Ever since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, people have been questioning Disney’s decisions in the making of the Star Wars films, especially the sequel movies. The last movie of the trilogy, released on December 20, 2019, is entertaining but the story feels rushed.

While the story felt very rushed, I enjoyed my time with the three main characters, Rey, Finn, and Poe. They are one of the better things in the sequel trilogy. In The Last Jedi, they were separated for most of the movie, so having them all together in this one was more enjoyable as they created some great moments. Daisy Ridley, the actor who played Rey, put her all in this performance and had to push through some rough writing. On the other end, the development that Poe went through as a character was better written. He becomes more of a leader in the Resistance, rather than just being a skilled pilot. Finally, Finn is written a bit better than the last movie, taking out the romance storyline, but there’s not much happening with him except for being a good guy.

As I said in the beginning, the movie felt very rushed, like Disney was just trying to wrap the trilogy up as soon as possible. There was a lot going on and it was very fast-paced. It felt like there was a lot more plot that was cut to fit the time limit. I felt director J.J. Abrams did the best he could with what he had but didn’t put enough time into some of the smaller storylines like Emperor Palpatine and his Sith lair or Lando’s return. He tries to make up for it by adding in lots of fanservice, which is nice but can undermine the new characters. I feel the big twist in Rise of Skywalker, which is a must-see before watching the final movie, should have been introduced in The Last Jedi. It felt as though they needed to have some type of twist in the movie and this was the best they came up with. 

With the Skywalker saga coming to a close, I personally wished they would have made the movie into two parts, like Avengers Infinity War and Endgame, so that they can take more time and include all the information and details needed to end the trilogy. As I am a big fan of Star Wars, I really enjoyed the movie but felt unsatisfied with how it ended.

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Alex Gruener:

This was the greatest movie, you're wrong. The only bad part was there wasn't enough of Rose.