We had a lot of feelings about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. So, of course, we decided to do a special holiday edition Feelings… With The Geekiary webcast! Read on to know what Angel, Tara, Bekah, and I thought about the latest SW entry. We broke down the box office, narrative choices, pacing, and yes, the shipping!
This article contains major spoilers for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. May the Force be with you!
No matter how you try to put it, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker didn’t perform as expected. The initial projections for the domestic weekend debut were $200 million. But the ninth installment came in at around $175.5 million.
Currently, box office analysts are saying that while it will be able to cross the $1 billion mark (worldwide), it might come in lower than 2017’s The Last Jedi.
Also, according to Box Office Mojo, it’s the only live-action Star Wars film to get a B+ CinemaScore. All of the previous films (including the highly controversial The Last Jedi) scored higher. So, waiting to see what the second-weekend drop will be like for TRoS is quite interesting.
Anyway, here’s our Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker webcast! We talked about the box office numbers in it, too.
Some of the highlights from this webcast include:
- We all liked the scenes involving Finn and Poe (24:00 minutes mark)
- What the heck did TRoS do to Rose Tico?
- At the 40:34 mark, we all share our opinions about how disappointed we were because of how The Rise of Skywalker handled Rose Tico. Disney knew what actress Kelly Marie Tran went through because of certain people in the fandom. Instead of sticking with her in the final movie, the studio brushed her aside. Rose’s treatment even got certain celebrities to talk about how they expected the film to give her more to do.
- My opinion addressed how Rose’s fate was linked to an unfortunate trope of fictional women (mostly WOC) being created to ‘No Homo’ male/male ships. In this instance, Rose couldn’t break up the chatter over Finn/Poe. She also couldn’t help increase revenue from Asian markets. And so, Rose had to be let go.
- We got into the weirdness surrounding Rey’s parentage (55:36 minutes mark)
- How we felt about the “queer representation” (eye roll) moment during the end of this film (1:30:37)
- We had to talk about all of the shipping!
- What rating would we give Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker?
- Will we watch it again?
With the latest entry, the newest trilogy has come to an end. There haven’t been any concrete reports about what Disney has decided to do with the franchise as far as live-action films are concerned.
Can we have a woman lead character who isn’t a white brunette?
Let’s see how the live-action movie division continues from here.
Don’t forget to read Tara’s review of TRoS.
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Farid has a Double Masters in Psychology and Biotechnology as well as an M.Phil in Molecular Genetics. He is the author of numerous books including Missing in Somerville, and The Game Master of Somerville. He gives us insight into comics, books, TV shows, anime/manga, video games, and movies.
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