While I think there was a lot of enjoyment that came out of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, I personally felt it was easily the weakest of all the Disney Star Wars films to date. I could understand why a lot of fans seem to like this one more than The Last Jedi, but man, it felt like it went out of its way to give Rian Johnson’s movie the middle finger.
From the re-assembling of Kylo Ren’s mask to Rey’s parentage and the origins of Snoke, it felt like it made quite the effort to conform to a checklist, even if it undid a lot of the story points presented in Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
However, The Rise of Skywalker Chris Terrio doesn’t seem to agree with that assessment.
“I think they’re missing the point, which is that they’re in dialogue with Episode VIII,” Terrio told TheWrap about fans who see the film as one big retcon. “It’s not that it’s a meta-story or a rivalry between Rian and J.J. Rather, it’s about taking the ideas that came from VIII and trying to complicate them and develop them and to have some new surprises.”
I can see his point in some ways. In their minds, they were just trying to tell the best story they could, and while, in my opinion, they actively go out of their way to disprove almost every moment in The Last Jedi, they do so in a way that could technically be proved as “honoring” that film, whether I agree with it or not.
As a creative, I could see the constant word “retcon” being used as an annoying thorn in my side, and understand his point…even if I don’t quite buy it. No, I don’t think they actively retconned the last film with The Rise of Skywalker, but I think they had a story they wanted to tell, and didn’t care if they had to undo what came before in order to tell it.
But what do you think? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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