Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker wasn't the huge epic we may have wanted but it was very thrilling, full of fan servicing excitement, and twists, that made it a satisfying ending to the Skywalker Saga.
Rise of Skywalker finds our heroes desperate for way to defeat the first order after news of Emperor Palpatine arises. With Palpatine comes a dangerous new threat and the only way to stop it is to stop the emperor himself, once and for all.
To some Rise of Skywalker will be a bit of a breath of fresh air after the divisive Last Jedi. Rise of Skywalker can be seen as a retcon of the Last Jedi. In many ways the decisions made in Last Jedi that fans didn't necessarily love were "fixed" in this finale. That can be seen with this very line coming from Adam Driver's Kylo Ren to Daisy Ridley's Rey, "Your parents were nothing, because they chose to be nothing" in contrast to Kylo telling Rey that her parents were just nobodies who didn't matter In the Last Jedi.
John Boyega and Oscar Issac's buddy relationship was a highlight of the film, their camaraderie and chemistry shone through every chance it got. It was great seeing more backstory on everyone and seeing older characters like C3PO and even Lando Calrissian having a bigger role.
Rise of Skywalker was a tad convoluted and rushed, and a story that did feel thrown together to fix the Last Jedi, but it was a good thrown together story. It was enjoyable to see Rey as a strong Jedi, the crew, Rey, Finn, Poe, BB8 and Chewbaca back together instead of separated for the whole movie. It was a fun ride and a satisfying end to this new trilogy that answers all of our questions while also giving us some new ones. As always, I'm looking forward to seeing where the Star Wars saga goes next.
We all know the sequel is rarely better, if not as good as the original movie, and the third installment is no different. But Jumanji: Next Level was a great example of how to make a sequel, and keep what made the it's predecessor so enjoyable. To me, where Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle shone through was with Kevin Hart, Jack Black, Dwayne Johnson and Karen Gillan speaking as their teenage counterparts., and growing together and becoming better versions of themselves. In Next Level they kept what made Welcome to the Jungle great, but (cough) took it to the next level. Next Level sees our 4 heroes of Jumanji reuniting during christmas break from college. They all seem to be doing great for themselves but Spencer isn't doing that well, and thinks he might have better luck back in Jumanji, forcing the rest of them to go after him. Thus embarking on a whole new and dangerous journey, with some new people joining them. Next Level introduces some new characters that only elevated the movie, Alex Wolff's character, Spencer's, Grandpa Eddie , played by the illustrious Danny Devito, Grandpa Eddie's estranged best friend and business partner Milo, played by the equally illustrious Danny Glover, and a new character in the game, Ming, played by Awkwafina. Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson this go around were the avi's of Grandpa Eddie and Milo. Hearing Kevin Hart talk as Milo was truly hilarious. Even more enjoyable than that was hearing Jack Black speak instead of just as Bethany like last time, this time he was also Fridge. Jack Black speaking as a black teenager was hilarious and not disrespectful at all, which it could have really been.
The story, like it's predecessor was good as well, but the villain was just as one note and forgettable as it's predecessor. This is the reason I can't really put it in the 8 to 10 range, but our heroes made it enjoyable. It really was a hilarious next venture in the wonders of Jumanji, and I'm looking forward to the next one.
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