Former Disney CEO Criticizes Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker for Being 'Somewhat Emotionless'

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January 02, 2020  03:30 PM



Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker might have been one of the most highly anticipated films of the year, however, the film has ended up becoming one of the most divisive entries in the Star Wars franchise, receiving mixed to negative reviews from critics.

Though there are fans who seemingly love Episode IX, the film is suffering from a poor Rotten Tomatoes score, dropping to 54% from its original 59% during its opening weekend. Now, former Disney CEO Michael Eisner has decided to give his thoughts about The Rise of Skywalker, taking to Twitter to comment on the new Star Wars movie.

“#RiseofSkywalker is an acceptable film, a lot of story and fan delights, but somewhat emotionless,” the former Disney head honcho wrote in his post, “while #TheMandalorian on @disneyplus establishes show creator @Jon_Favreau as the new George Lucas which @RobertIger had the foresight to declare.”

In the same thread, Eisner goes on to explain his criticism of The Rise of Skywalker, saying that Daisy Ridley only had one constant expression throughout the film – awe and fear. Though the former Disney CEO says that he doesn’t mean to suggest that the Rey actress performed poorly in Episode IX, “the choice of attitude for Rey was intended and seems to fall on the philosophy of the character.”

Eisner has an interesting take on Episode IX. Most critics’ contention on The Rise of Skywalker has been the film’s pace and its storytelling choices. According to critics, the film seems to care more about fan service than actual storytelling.

What are your thoughts on The Rise of Skywalker? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is currently screening in cinemas.

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