‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’: Why the Movie Will Never Make Everyone Happy

The ninth and final film in the Star Wars saga is premiering this Friday. Viewers are both excited and worried about seeing the completion of the movie series that began 42 years ago. Let’s take a look at why Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker cannot possibly please all fans. 

Rise of Skywalker Premiere
‘Star Wars: The RIse of Skywalker Premiere’ | Rich Fury/Getty Images

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ was too similar to ‘A New Hope’ 

In 2015, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens mostly redeemed the Star Wars franchise from the backlash of the prequel trilogy. It earned quality reviews and record-high box office revenue ($937 million domestic and roughly $2 billion global). 

The prequel trilogy that came before it—Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith—was full of thrilling action, but lacked a grave plot or character development. 

So, The Force Awakens was a breath of fresh air for many. It brought the beloved characters of Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) back to their roots, and many fans loved that. 

The few negative comments about Episode VII was that the film was almost a remake of Episode IV: A New Hope, but with new characters. However, viewers still believe it was necessary to bring fans back to the Star Wars saga with an even amount of excitement and nostalgia. 

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ was too different

To curb the complaint that The Force Awakens was too close to the original trilogy, The Last Jedi went with a different spin in 2017. It went beyond the plot expectations of fans. The film challenged those who believed the franchise is for the older generation of Star Wars viewers. 

The Last Jedi grossed $620 million domestically and $1.3 billion worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo. While it was not as high as The Force Awakens, it was still significantly well-received (by critics anyway).

The critics’ consensus is a high 91%, according to Rotten Tomatoes; however, the audience consensus is drastically different at 43%. The disparity some say is in part to the film being an excellent production, but an upset to traditional Star Wars fans. 

Will ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’ fall somewhere in the middle and make everyone happy?

Since The Force Awakens was too close to the original Star Wars saga, and The Last Jedi was too far away from it, will we be able to get something in the middle? 

One major fan dispute is over whether Rey’s (Daisy Ridley) parents should be “nobodies” or Force-sensitive like her? There are cases for both scenarios. Some fans want the finale to answer every single unanswered question to this point. 

Some fans want Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to see his final moments rival that of Vader throwing Palpatine to his death in Return of the Jedi

Initial reviews from critics are positive, but we know from experience that does not mean a thing to Star Wars fans.

How will Rey, Finn, and Poe’s journey end? Every viewer has something they would like to see. Let’s agree to enjoy the film while we are watching it and disagree on everything later. 

Will everyone get what they want? It seems an impossible feat to accomplish. Decide for yourself when Star Wars Episode IX: Rise of Skywalker premieres on Dec. 20, 2019.