Can you believe that it’s only been four years since the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? It feels as though a lifetime has already passed. Perhaps that has more to do with the rapidly aging nature of a man in his mid-20s, but I digress.
As we all know, The Force Awakens represented the Mouse House’s first crack at the galaxy far, far away following Disney’s acquisition of Lucasfilm back in 2012.
It’s certainly been an up-and-down ride for Disney in the years since, as their Star Wars outputs have been both massively successful and highly controversial. For every The Force Awakens, there was a The Last Jedi. For every Rogue One, there was a Solo.
Now, after five years and five movies, Disney is on the verge of their biggest Star Wars moment yet with the release of The Rise of Skywalker. And according to early reactions to the film, The Rise of Skywalker seems to be falling right in the middle of fan’s opinions: it’s good, but not great.
In fact, the reactions from various entertainment writers seem to be generally consistent: the film is big, grand, and epic, but as a result, somewhat overly complicated.
The film stars Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, Billy Dee Williams, Mark Hamill, and the late Carrie Fisher in her final movie role.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker — which will be the final film in the now 42-year-old Skywalker saga– will hit theaters in the United States on Thursday, December 19.
Eric is a New York City-based writer who still isn’t quite sure how he’s allowed to have this much fun for a living and will tell anyone who listens that Gotham City is canonically in New Jersey. Follow him on Twitter @eric_ital for movie and soccer takes or contact him email@example.com