Star Wars: The Rise Of SkyWalker is the latest addition to the Star Wars franchise and I have decided to do something differently.
Ever since Star Wars: The Last Jedi, this fanbase has been divided like never before. Recently, I tweeted this because I was curious why this film wasn’t received well by all the fans:
— on your left🎞 (@MvMfilms) January 10, 2020
Many people shared their opinions, both positive and negative. For this article, I have reviewed those replies (among many others) came down to the top four reasons why Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker didn’t click with most fans.
Is your reason (if you have one) on this list? (And, not that it needs saying, but spoilers…)
Ben Solo’s Death
Without a doubt, the biggest thing fans hated about Episode IX was the death of Ben Solo. Kylo Ren was a dynamic character and, overall, fairly loved by the fans. His entrance in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is menacing and a sticking point for many fans who loved his character. His relationship with Rey was the cornerstone of the sequel trilogy.
That is what made killing Ben Solo so senseless. Especially after it was obvious that Princess Leia gave Ben Solo her life force to save him.
This instance reminds me when Superman was killed off in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and fans lost their marbles. Kylo Ren was a spectacularly, likable character with a world-class actor in the role (Adam Driver) and should’ve stayed alive to end the trilogy. Overall, Ben Solo’s death was unnecessary and made his character’s redemption insignificant.
Rey Being A Palpatine
Before Star Wars: The Last Jedi was released, this was a very popular and interesting theory. That is, until Star Wars: The Last Jedi came and shot that theory down really fast.
In Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker, this theory comes true but it didn’t hit fans as much as Disney would have liked. It felt like Disney was back-peddling and added this story arc just to please fans. There was no setup or hints that Rey is a descendant of Palpatine in the last two films. Nothing, nothing at all. If this was hinted at in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: The Last Jedi, fans would’ve gone ballistic.
Since Rey is a Palpatine, there should have been standout clues besides force powers in the first two films. Force powers aren’t enough. Rey being a Palpatine is one of the reasons why some fans hated Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker and there’s more Palpatine where that comes from…
The Return of Emperor Palpatine
Probably one of the biggest back-peddle moments in cinematic history is the return of Palpatine in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. When we all first heard Palpatine’s voice in the trailers, everyone was hyped for the movie. But now that it was released, it didn’t really gravitate toward anyone.
One of the biggest reasons why fans hate Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker is because of Palpatine’s return. While it doesn’t bother me too much personally, I understand why many people hate it. From a film standpoint, bringing Palpatine back in any way is a senseless route to go because it thoroughly lessens and devalues everything that was accomplished in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.
It’s like Marvel Studios were to bring back Thanos in a couple of years out the blue. It would make everything Thanos did In Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers: Endgame useless. Their legends are supposed to carry on, not return illogically or even physically.
Alright, we all know that force healing has been a thing for the Jedi in the comics, novel, and animated TV shows. But, when was this established in the movies? Force healing was never blatantly introduced (even though there’s a theory that Obi-Wan force healed Luke in A New Hope), but all of a sudden Rey can do it?!
Fans didn’t hate the force healing, they never knew how it would significantly chang the outcome of the older movies. In this case, Obi-Wan could’ve used force heal to save Qui-Gon Jinn in Star Wars: The Phantom Menance.
But no this is another act of back peddling from Disney. There’s a lot of good and bad in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. Many fans hate the film and many others love it. There’s no general consensus of Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker among fans. We can all agree that Disney’s track record with the Star Wars franchise hasn’t been the best. Let’s just hope they can find a spark in the future.