Disney and Lucasfilm released the final trailer for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker on Monday night but did it meet expectations?
After Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012 they promptly announced a new trilogy and in 2015 J.J. Abrams gave us The Force Awakens the first new Star Wars movie in ten years followed by Rian Johnson’s The Last Jedi in 2017. While both movies did well at the box office, The Force Awakens earning over $2.066 billion and The Last Jedi just over $1.321 billion, both have had there detractors with the fans.
With The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams returns as director to close out the Skywalker Saga that began with George Lucas’ groundbreaking 1977 film Star Wars. Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Adam Driver all return along with Kelly Marie Tran, Mark Hammill, Billy Dee Williams the late Carrie Fisher and Ian McDiarmid as Emperor Palpatine.
According to AMC Theaters, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker runtime is 155 minutes, that’s 2 hours and 35 minutes, three minutes longer than The Last Jedi making The Rise of Skywalker the longest Star Wars movie to date.
This final trailer for Rise of Skywalker was good, extremely enjoyable, but it was lacking. The Last Jedi whether you love it or hate it ended in such a way it left Abrams and Lucasfilm in a unique position of being able to take the story for The Rise of Skywalker in pretty much any direction they so chose.
When the first teaser trailer dropped back in April during Star Wars Celebration we got Palpatine’s unmistakable laugh, when they dropped the sizzle reel at Disney D23 we got the double-bladed sith looking Rey. Did we get such a surprise or OMG moment with this final trailer? Not really.
Don’t take my comments the wrong way, I did enjoy the trailer and I’m looking forward to seeing The Rise of Skywalker when it hits theaters in December, but there was no WOW factor with this final trailer. Yes, I get it you don’t want to give everything away before the movie comes out, but one clear shot of Palpatine himself at the end walking or even speaking could of made a lot of fans, including myself wet themselves.
I really loved The Force Awakens and I liked The Last Jedi for what it was, even with its flaws. When I read that J.J. Abrams has found away to wrap up this current trilogy, but also bring the entire nine-movie saga to a close that will please the fans, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Cast: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, Domhnall Gleeson, Kelly Marie Tran, Joonas Suotamo, Billie Lourd, Naomi Ackie, Richard E. Grant, Keri Russell, Matt Smith, Dominic Monaghan, Anthony Daniels, Billy Dee Williams
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