Well, that was fun
I'm off to see this in approximately 24 hours. Can't wait! This is the spoiler thread -- keep all spoilers to this one.
Yup, this about confirms my worst fears about this movie as well. A shame.Posting this here in the spoiler section; I call this review the @Zardnaar wins (I kid, kinda):
The Rise of Skywalker capitulates to Star Wars’ most toxic fans.slate.com
Final paragraph of a pretty damning review:
"The Rise of Skywalker gives people what they go to Star Wars for, but that’s all it does—and worse, all it sets out to do. It’s frenzied, briefly infuriating, and eventually, grudgingly, satisfying, but it’s like being force-fed fandom: Your belly is filled, but there’s no pleasure in the meal. The movie feels like it’s part of the post–Last Jedi retrenchment, when Disney jerked the leash on Solo and killed plans for future spinoffs by insisting that filmmakers stick to the established playbook. It’s of a piece with the pointedly unambitious The Mandalorian, just good enough to get people’s attention but fundamentally terrified of rocking the boat. Rather than making a movie some people might love, Abrams tried to make a movie no one would hate, and as a result, you don’t feel much of anything at all."
Ugh. This is what I was afraid of. Oh well.
Watching The Rise Of Skywalker, you realize that J.J. has been hired to do the same thing here; he’s made what feels sometimes like a glorified apology for his successor’s choices
I mean, for better worse all of the other threads have fallen off Page 1 or petered out, so this might as well be the "here is what people who have seen it think about it" thread moving forward.
FWIW, there are few critics whose opinions on Star Wars I trust more than Bob Chipman, and he's largely positive of the film and thinks that the narrative that RoS is in any way an "apology" for TLJ is pretty much bogus. And he was a huge defender of TLJ.
Critic reviews are mixed. There's no I loved TLJ, RoS is terrible or I loved both movies or I hated TLJ loved Ross narrative you can spin. Critic opinions mean nothing for the most part anyway. They like art type indie films and historical dramas.
Critic reviews are the worst of the new trilogy.
No, that's not really true. Let's take this common lie to the test!
So, for the MCU (through 2018), the worst five are:
The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Thor 2, Ant-Man.
The top 5 are:
Black Panther, Iron Man, GoTG, Civil War, Ragnarok.
Fairly accurate. Similar to Rotten Tomatoes:
Find out what TIME critics thought of MCU films — including 'Endgame'time.com
Naw. More likely, it means that you have a subset of toxic people loudly complaining and/or whining about a mythical Snyder cut.