Entering 2021 with Mann, a good omen I hope.
Edit: promised a friend I’d watch this again with them, had to lower the rating a bit. I had forgotten how bad the opening 50 minutes of this thing was.
On a shallow, superficial level, Rise of Skywalker works. It’s a propulsive pop adventure that rockets through 140+ min runtime with a lot of action, humor, and spectacle. Our likable bunch of heroes race from one place to the next, guided along by a strong John Williams score. The combination…
Deeply, deeply bad. Clearly made by a young white guy who is infatuated with black bodies and pop culture but has never for one minute actually been black. That’s the only way to explain a story written entirely in cliches and easy stereotypes, comically piles on black misery, then leaves it halfway to make room for a nice white kid and his daddy issues.
This is a film in which not one single development arrives organically from its characters. Every…