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This article was originally published in Dutch at on Dec 29, 2019

It was bound to happen. The pressure was too high. The Rise of Skywalker, the ninth and final Star Wars film telling the Skywalker saga, failed to live up to the towering expectations. On the surface you get 2.5 hours packed with action and eventually the good wins from the bad. Of course. But immediately below the surface is a plot that rattles on all sides and shakes Star Wars canon to its foundations.

It is astonishing how Disney dealt with one of the largest franchises in the entertainment industry. The third trilogy started reasonably well. The Force Awakens was in fact a remake of A New Hope, but with a new young generation of heroes and villains. The film did have some reshoots. Rogue One was a very entertaining intermediate film with a fascinating back story. Although a new director had to do the third act all over again. Things went wrong with The Last Jedi. That movie seemed to want to give Star Wars a rebirth (“Burn it all”) but ruined the sci-fi fairy tale by adding Marvel-grit. Fans felt insulted and betrayed. Intermediate film Solo, in itself quite entertaining despite a director change during production, had to pay the price and flopped. The Rise of Skywalker, with another director change, had to make up for all the disturbance. Too much so it appears. As if the makers mainly wanted to prevent fans from hating the film they forgot to give the film something to love. …


Erwin van der Zande editor-in-chief

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