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The Rise of Skywalker (Spoiler thread)

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Less than 3 hours to go, and I've barely slept. I feel like a kid on christmas. Which, I must admit, is not necessarily an entirely positive feeling to have as an adult. 

And what kind of idiot goes to see a movie at 10 in the morning? 🙄

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https://www.metacritic.com/movie/star-wars-episode-ix---the-rise-of-skywalker
 

Well that was to be expected. As a fan I cherished the service it gave me but even I can see it becoming a bit too much on rewatches. I understand how professional reviewers would object to it though as it is a bit too much for the uninitiated at times. 
On a whole though I really enjoyed it and would rate it an 8.5/10 after this first viewing. 

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I enjoyed it, but the first hour or so was an exhausting series of "let's explain things while running while the scenes are paced at such a breakneck speed you almost get winded".

The OT never stopped to explain things and just moved along trusting us to get the gist. Ep. IX just holds your  hand and dutifully paves over every perceived plothole and fires every chekovs gun left over from the previous 8 movies.

Oh well, that aside, it's pretty damned good, although the mother of all space battles turned out to be a bit of a letdown in the end.

 

But...

JJ, ffs...

The entire movie is you tying up plot threads och pouring out your entire mystery box, and then leave us hanging with the one you heavy-handedly inserted yourself.

WHAT WAS FINN GOING TO TELL REY!?

Is he force sensitive? (Has discussion with Jannah seemed to hint at it)

Is he in love with her?

Is he pregnant?

Is her fly open?

JJ, it's the last movie. To leave us hanging really is **** move.

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Biggest complaint: the opening crawl. 
The emperor returns and it is just a fact... no surprises, no wtf, no, it’s just “oh all of a sudden there was this transmission aaaaand... well... yeah, he’s back.”
I know the crawl often drops us into the story but this could have been handled more in keeping with the gravity of the situation. 

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Just now, DanteRotterdam said:

Biggest complaint: the opening crawl. 
The emperor returns and it is just a fact... no surprises, no wtf, no, it’s just “oh all of a sudden there was this transmission aaaaand... well... yeah, he’s back.”
I know the crawl often drops us into the story but this could have been handled more in keeping with the gravity of the situation. 

I actually loved that, since he was confirmed in the trailers already, and it read perfectly like a newspaper reel. Somewhat campy, but fitting with the original inspirations. The dead speaks! Like Episode III - WAR!

Also the only time Rey has been mentioned in the crawl, and Kylo, too, I think?

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1 minute ago, Desslok said:

Did they explain why someone dropping through a shaft and then blowing up seconds later before blowing up again a few minutes later somehow , you know, didn't die?

"The Dark Side of the Force is a pathway to many abilities some consider to be unnatural." - He repeats the line.

Implied the Force did it, basically, but they at least make him look... well, like he had that happen to him and used evil magic to help.

Edited by StarkJunior

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To be honest, I was enjoying myself so much and everything was such a visually thrilling ride, I didn't even care after. But I like the BBEG Dark Lord types just being able to do things with their Evil Magic to complicate the heroes lives, and Palpatine is like my archetypal version next to Sauron and Morgoth.

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Well he basically said “I have died before, more than once.” 
In fact there is a shot of force regeneration that is really, really cool. 

I wouldn’t knock it before I see it. And I definitely wouldn’t hate it before you do. Seems like a horrible approach to watch a movie in that manner. 

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