'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' Leaves Fans Divided

Tarrah Gibbons
December 18, 2019 - 10:40 am
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May the force be with you one last time.

Fans will travel to a galaxy far, far away as J.J. Abrams’ "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" releases on Dec. 20.

It is the final movie in nine-film, three-trilogy "Skywalker saga."

Critics are already spilling their thoughts on the film, with some even saying it's a "soulless" and "convoluted" film, reports the Daily Mail.

The movie puts an end to the quest of the "Skywalker Saga" that began with George Lucas' 1977 film "Star Wars: A New Hope," eventually continuing the story with the 2015 film "Star Wars: The Force Awakens."

Critics didn't hesitate to quickly point out that the latest film's responsibility to conclude the saga will confuse fans.

Mike Ryan, a critic for Uproxx, said, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is the most convoluted of all the "Star Wars." "It feels like three full movies worth of plot crammed into one film. The stories in the other 'Star Wars' movies, even the Prequels, have a way of bringing a viewer into that world. 'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' never lets us in.”

Another critic, IGN writer Jim Vejvoda wrote, "The Rise of Skywalker’ labors incredibly hard to check all the boxes and fulfill its narrative obligations to the preceding entries, so much so that you can practically hear the gears of the creative machinery groaning under the strain like the Millennium Falcon trying to make the jump to hyperspace. It ultimately makes the film a clunky and convoluted conclusion to this beloved saga, entertaining and endearing as it may be.”

As the final installment hits theaters this week, Rian Johnson reflected on his work directing the franchise's 2017 film, "The Last Jedi."

In the RADIO.COM "Swings & Mrs" podcast with Jennifer and Cody Decker, Johnson revealed it is difficult to please fans.

While not everyone was pleased with the direction the film took, Johnson admitted that catering to certain fandoms and what they want to see happen would diminish not only the quality of the film but the storytelling and the experience.

“I think approaching any creative process with that or anything with that second thing you said [making fandoms happy] would be a mistake that would lead to probably the exact opposite result,” Johnson said.

He noted it the process was important to figure out what the best storyline trajectory would be for the plot and the characters.

See how it all ends when “The Rise of Skywalker” hits theaters on Friday, Dec 20.