Screen Junkies’ newest edition of Honest Trailer hammers a final nail in the coffin of the galactic disasterpiece, Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker.
2019 was a year of ‘lasts’ in geek culture. The last chapter of the Infinity Saga, with Avengers Endgame and Spiderman: Far From Home rounding off the first 10 years of the MCU. The last season of Game of Thrones. The last issue of Tom King’s run on Batman comics. The last time the release date for New Mutants would be pushed back – or so we thought.
The Rise Of Skywalker Honest Trailer Lives Down To Expectations
Many of these had dizzying levels of excitement that fans held for them, and most of them just didn’t live up to the hype. Star Wars: The Rise of the Skywalker wasn’t exempt from this. If anything, the film had even more riding on it after the previous episode of the Skywalker Saga split a fandom directly down the middle.
With last minute director changes, impossible-sounding leaks from the script and a more vocal fanbase than ever before, The Rise of Skywalker was never going to please everyone. But what people expected compared to what they got when the film was released in December 2019 was… Well, to put it nicely, it was a mess. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t hold a huge investment in the Star Wars franchise.
Having a fiance who’s been a lifelong fan and a son who loves the Star Wars world so much, he insisted on his new baby brother being named Luke – that how much of a staple it is in our household. So I couldn’t understand why they trudged back from their cinema outing to see it looking disappointed, disillusioned and – dare I say it, even angry. When I finally watched it, myself I absolutely understood – and I’m not even a fan.
What was the point in the Knights of Ren? Were they seriously going to keep Phasma dead and give Rose no lines? Has General Hux honestly been reduced to a snivelling mess and a punchline? And do they really expect fans to just buy that Kylo Ren deserves redemption after doing that token Bad Guy Does One Nice Thing So He Dies A Good Guy act?
With old characters being reintroduced for nostalgia points and newer players in the game seemingly wiped from existence, with odd narrative choices and exposition that might as well be a faded skidmark for all that it’s present across the film (Llando’s daughter, anyone?) there’s plenty to be disappointed with in the The Rise of Skywalker.
Screen Junkies have worked their magic and condensed all the valid criticism and added plenty of humor, a dash of audible scoffing and plenty of clever editing into less than seven minutes with their latest Honest Trailer; after watching it I think it’s safe to say it’s probably their best one yet. Ruthless, unrelenting, and in all honesty, not totally undeserved. Sic em, boys.
Since The Return of Skywalker soured many towards Star Wars, Disney+ exclusive series The Mandalorian seems to have washed the bad taste from fan’s minds, not to mention the inclusion of The Clone Wars and the surprisingly fun Lego Star Wars offerings on the streaming platform.
Now the franchise is slowly building hype by dropping casting news and with the announcement of an Obi Wan series, though it remains to be seen if we’ll be back here in a few years writing about the Honest Trailer and roasting it too.
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