Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker had a tough old task. For some reason, which I have not yet established Lucasfilm decided not to run with the script Colin Trevorrow wrote. That movie would have been called ‘Duel of the Fates’ and I am currently around halfway through reading that script. Lucasfilm instead decided to part ways with Trevorrow. They then brought back J.J. Abrams who had made them mega-money with The Force Awakens. Abrams decided to write the script from scratch and brought Chris Terrio on board to help him have it ready in time. Time is a key factor here, because they simply did not have much of it that late in the game.
The reaction to The Rise of Skywalker, was not great, was it? Critically it wasn’t a smash, and whilst audience scores were much better, the box office was not. Currently, it looks as though The Rise of Skywalker will be the worst-performing of all three sequel trilogy movies. This bucks a trend amongst trilogies in general never mind Star Wars. Traditionally the second movie of a trilogy is the one that takes the least at the ticket office.
Slowly but surely we are hearing a few negative things creeping up about these movies from the actors. Neither John Boyega, nor Oscar Isaac appear keen to ever be involved with Star Wars again. Both have also in the past expressed a few issues with Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi, in a respectful manner mind you. The cast cannot be happy with the reaction to their trilogy overall, and would we expect them to be? Isaac certainly sounds like he’s been down about how that final movie was received. The actor spoke with MTV News (see below) at the Oscars this week, and talked turned to Star Wars.
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“You know, it was the same on the movie before that as well,” Isaac shared with MTV News. “You know people — it means a lot to people. Look, was there some crying in the shower? Yes!”
Oscar Isaac *has* seen Baby Yoda, and he's got big thoughts. We caught up with him on the #Oscars red carpet and talked #TheRiseofSkywalker reactions, and working with @RealChalamet on #Dune pic.twitter.com/dkWKnyBqFA
— MTV NEWS (@MTVNEWS) February 10, 2020
I only speak for myself, my own opinions here of course. The truth is, if I had been an actor, then the job I’d have pushed for the most, would have been this sequel trilogy. It was a chance for Disney to erase the poorly made prequels and craft new stories with an eye on higher quality. Imagine being part of Star Wars forever? However, in hindsight, I’d have been embarrassed to be involved with this garbage in any way whatsoever. I probably will watch The Rise of Skywalker one more time as I have only seen it once. After that, I doubt I will ever watch the ST or even the PT again. Until they make new stories that I enjoy once more, then my Star Wars fandom will stick to those OT movies. Maybe Rogue One, and The Mandalorian can sneak in on a slow day.
I know many fans disagree, but if I had magic powers and could erase seven of the eleven movies from my brain I would. Despite the money and prestige, however, I wouldn’t really want to be in Oscar Isaac’s position. Especially, because it seems so far, like Trevorrow wrote a much better version of Poe Dameron than Abrams did. More on that later this week, when I discuss Trevorrow’s Duel of the Fates in detail.
What do you think of Isaac’s comments, where do you stand on the sequel trilogy now it’s all over and done with? Leave your feelings below you must.
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SOURCE: MTV News