Long ago, in a galaxy far far away, the haters came out of the woodwork to bash the final installment of the Star Wars Skywalker Saga and spoiler alert…
The haters are wrong.
Our household consists of a die hard Star Wars fanatic whose brain is consumed with so much Star Wars knowledge, who knows what important life facts have been pushed out to make room for them; and me. I have never seen a Star Wars film in a theater until this past weekend and although I have seen each film, I’m in no way obsessed with the franchise (Harry Potter forever) though I do respect it.
So, we have a good array of opinions, knowledge and investment in this franchise and I feel incredibly comfortable telling you, that Rotten Tomatoes, the critics and the naysayers are full of it because this was one of, if not the best film, I have ever seen and was the perfect, most well rounded ending to the most popular franchise of all time.
The average score from over 350 film critics was 57% for the film, however viewers are giving the film around an 86% according to Rotten Tomatoes. So, while critics are being quite critical, fans are showing the love.
The film saw respectable preview numbers ahead of opening weekend. Disney reported $40 million in previews for the film. It was no Avengers: Endgame, which brought in $60 million in previews but it was never anticipated to be. Other popular previews according to Deadline, include 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens which brought in $57 million, and 2017’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi with $45 million and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 with $43.5 million.
The Rise of Skywalker brought in $175.5 gross domestically for opening weekend. That number is $25 million under what NBC and other outlets predicted for the films opening weekend. That number is also 20% below the $220 million launch of The Last Jedi in 2017 and 29% below the $248 million launch of The Force Awakens in 2015 according to Forbes.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is still estimated to bring in over $1 billion at the box office making it the eighth film for The Walt Disney Company to do so this year.
Disney has dominated at the box office in 2019 and let’s be clear. $175 million is no box office flop for anyone in the industry except Disney. This is still a successful film.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker brings the Skywalker Saga full circle. JJ Abrams and George Lucas were able to bring a well-rounded cast, tie in the past, the present and other spin-off shows from the legendary story into one satisfying climactic ending that leaves fans feeling triumphant.
We laughed, we cried, I cried some more and three hours after we left the theater I was still crying. The film is cinematic gold and is able to bring the audience into the various scenes in a way that few other films or sagas can.
Contrary to many reports, the Star Wars saga ended with a victory; leaving the integrity of the story in place, answering many questions, leaving us with some and in my not-so-humble opinion, guests leave the theater in satisfied awe. Very few films are able to hold my attention. I was eyes on the screen, bawling throughout the entire film.
The characters took their roles very seriously and you felt as though you were gazing into their souls throughout the film. You felt their struggles, their pain, their anguish, their love and their fight. The film started with a rumble and ended with a victorious battle cry.
The galaxy came together when all hope seemed lost and the film left audiences with the realization that there is good and evil in each and every one of us but through family, perseverance and will, good wins out.
Haters gonna hate but Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the perfect ending to the saga that has changed a generation and will live on through generations to come.
The saga will end, but the story and the impact that this franchise has had and will continue to have on people, families, lives will live forever.
The force is always with you.
(Source: NBC, Forbes, BBC, The Ringer, Polygon, CNBC)