That’s the word I have to use with Rise of Skywalker. Not only does the film not feel satisfying as an ending to this modern trilogy, it feels rushed, out of sync with the rest of the saga and hackneyed. As a writer, I saw great potential in 2015 with The Force Awakens only to follow with somewhat of an unneeded Last Jedi. I blogged previously about this two years ago, stating my issues with the 2017 movie and how the third film should go all in to make up for most of the issues fans had with it. Of course, not one of the plot ideas I saw as potential ended up in the final installment. It’s almost as if none of the writers of the modern trilogy bothered to watch the previous films and understand certain not-so-complex directions the overall arc of characters appeared to be taking. No, we’re going to make the one of the central characters the granddaughter of the evil emperor supposedly killed (but not really) in Return of the Jedi. Okay….
Not only is this plot point a terrible cheat, but it proves that Hollywood writers don’t understand logical character or plot development any longer.
The only exception to this is the wonderful writers at Pixar who tend to write tremendous stories with fully fleshed characters who are placed in emotional dramas that make sense and appeal to people. They’re the ones who were able to successfully develop the character growth in two different franchises, Toy Story and Cars.
So, how does it make sense for evil Sith Lord Palpatine to have made any emotional connections with someone, let alone be married and have children who produce grandchildren? Yes, there are Star Wars novels that have expounded this very thing, but in a massive and episodic story arc, these novels don’t quite feel “canon”. The lazy attempt to explain everything out of ordinary from the two previous films is so cobbled together within the first ten minutes of the film and is not logically satisfying. We’re left to ask “Wait, what?”
From my point of view, this film was a choppy mess of various scenes that had plenty of action. I suppose they were designed to explain all those inconsistencies with the previous two films before attempting to make a good film. If you’re trying to fix mistakes, you’re not trying to create a good story or flesh out the new trio of characters which still has not been done. Not only that, the scenes go all over the place literally where no one can really catch their breath. Nothing flowed right. And trust me, writers notice this kind of thing. Or at least they should.