THIS REVIEW WILL CONTAIN MANY SPOILERS FOR THE MOVIE.
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!
In 2012, George Lucas sold Lucasfilm
to the Walt Disney Company
, following his announcement of retirement and the largely lukewarm or cold reception to Lucas' most recent films. Following this purchase, Disney began a complete overhaul of the Star Wars extended universe, eliminating the last 30 years of extra content (save for the movies and CGI TV shows) and beginning an all new sequel trilogy, furthering the story of Star Wars
into the years after the Battle of Endor.
With that goal in mind, The Force Awakens
was released in 2015 to...a lukewarm response. People seemed to enjoy it well enough, but felt that it was just too similar to Episode IV: A New Hope
(To be fair to them, they're not wrong). Not exactly the strongest start to a new trilogy, but maybe Episode VIII
would fix everything?
2017's Episode VIII: The Last Jedi
fix everything. In fact, when coupled with the release of Solo
2018, it was considered by many to be lowest point in Star Wars
history. The franchise was in dire straits and, somehow, Episode IX
was going to have to fix the mistakes of The Last Jedi
, conclude the story introduced in The Force Awakens
, and be worthy of book-ending the last 42 years worth of films and resolving the entire "Skywalker Saga" in a form that audiences (many of whom were already turned against the film because of Episode VIII
) could appreciate and enjoy.
So...did Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker
meet those expectations? Well...if any of you saw my initial Twitter thread following the release of the film, you might get some sense of my opinion. But let's go into more detail.