Disney’s acquisition of the “Star Wars” franchise has been nothing short of a rollercoaster ride. Since 2012, when Disney officially bought the rights to “Star Wars” from its creator, George Lucas, the films made have been both mediocre and fantastic.
There is indeed a wide array of good, bad and ugly realities that have come to be as a result of Disney’s ownership, and in this section we must focus on the bad and ugly. I should say outright that no, Disney has not ruined the “Star Wars” franchise. They have certainly not, however, reached its full potential.
To begin, we will analyze the debut of the first Disney “Star Wars” film, “The Force Awakens.” Altogether, this film by J. J. Abrams was well received, and fans’ main complaint was that it was too similar in structure to “A New Hope,” which, in actuality, is not such a negative thing. New characters were introduced, and fans were eager to see how they would develop later on.
Episode VIII, “The Last Jedi,” is where things started to fall apart. The plot choices made by director Rian Johnson left plenty to be desired. Large portions of the movie were completely unnecessary. Annoying characters played far too important parts, and the trilogy’s perceived big bad villain, Snoke, is killed off towards the end of the film. It felt as if “The Last Jedi” wanted to be the one to complete the trilogy. This would prove to be a major inconvenience in the making of the next film.
After the mess of “The Last Jedi,” any director would have a difficult time resolving the story decisions of Johnson’s film. As it turned out, J. J. Abrams himself returned to finish what he started. Unfortunately, this led to a completely rushed movie filled to the brim with obvious course correction and even more plot holes than its predecessor.
Straight off the bat, “The Rise of Skywalker” was far too short. This movie had the task of ending over 40 years of story development, and it simply could not fit in all that it needed to fulfill its conclusory role in the franchise.
The rushed tone of the film made scenes feel largely incoherent. J. J. Abrams disses “The Last Jedi” by sidelining Rose Tico, yet he himself creates new, unnecessary characters that again take up far too much screen time. It takes far too many attempts at mocking the flaws of its predeccessor.
The final fight scene was terribly flawed, as the entire Resistance ground force could have been taken care of if the pilots of the Star Destroyer simply tipped the ship. Palpatine’s reintroduction felt rushed and was inadequately explained. Every single Star Destroyer had a Death Star level cannon because why not.
Death means nothing throughout the movie as Rey has limitless power and can “force heal” anyone. C3PO’s memory returns. Chewbacca is revealed to be alive in the very next scene following his supposed death.
How can the audience be expected to feel the weight of a character death when the movie only provides a few seconds before they are brought back in some sort of noncanonical ludicrous way?
“Star Wars” fans, including myself, will still go out and enjoy seeing films like these for the sole reason that they take place in the “Star Wars” universe. The fact that the title has “Star Wars” in it, however, does not excuse the multitude of flaws the new trilogy contains.
Disney’s “Star Wars” films have been decent overall, but they do not nearly reach the full potential of the “Star Wars” name. It was recently revealed that there was no set plan for the new trilogy, and it completely shows. This clearly reflects Disney’s outlook on ownership of this franchise. They prefer to dish out films quickly and carelessly for the sake of making money faster, rather than putting in the care, effort and purpose that this franchise deserves.
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