It always bothers me when people say that The Last Jedi didn't follow through on the set-ups of The Force Awakens, or that The Rise of Skywalker didn't follow through on the themes of The Last Jedi and so on and so forth. Of all the things you could very easily critique about the Sequel Trilogy, that aint it.
Like, I would love to be convinced that that was actually the case, but it seems to me that the set ups and the themes and what have you flow extremely well from film-to-film, and that despite the haphazard way these films are coddled together. It actually comes together pretty well in the end.
I think people who really, REALLY don't like these films try to make it an all or nothing deal. It's either all bad or it's the greatest thing ever made. That's never true with anything. Like other films, the Sequel trilogy has stuff that they do that isn't done very well and stuff that they pull off very nicely. The characters are all fun. The effects feel closer to those of the original trilogy than the somewhat artificiality of the Prequels (despite still having absolutely copious amounts of CG). I even like the narrative undercurrent of the new generation having to fill the shoes of their heroes and carry on their legacy on their own terms. When it comes to the bad, some of the locations could use a better identity. When I think back to the planets of the Original Trilogy there's usually a central pillar or object which continuously gives presence to each planet. There's the Cloud City on Bespin, the Shield Generator on Endor, the temples on Yavin. They are all shown to jut out and hang over everything or fill the screen with their awe inspiring beauty. The planets of the Sequel Trilogy don't really have that (with the exception, IMO, of the Shield Door on Crait). The overall exposition used throughout the film could use a bit more slow down. I remember leaving TFA wondering why the hell they didn't fill us in more on the gap of time between ROTJ and TFA. Then there's the 98mph dumps in TROS to contend with as well. There was also an unnecessary cloud of mystery behind Rey, and while a little bit of mystery goes a long way I still can't figure out what J.J. OR Rian were going for between Rey and her parental dynamic (does she actually KNOW her parents are dead? Did she know the whole time? Is she just supressing her own memories? Does Kylo already know who Rey is before they meet in TFA?) Way too confusing to try to piece together.
So people try to throw everything they can possibly critique at these films and try to make everything stick and it just doesn't work. If you think the movies ignore each other or are extremely inconsistent with major details you really need to force yourself to watch these movies again just to get a refresher.
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Yes, he does. I was waiting for my avatar to serve for an ironic comment.
While we're at it: I think that the score to Tenet is a great and innovative one that doesn't make me regret the missed Zimmer-Nolan-collaboration at all. It is the first LG score I really appreciate and I would even say welcome to another collaboration between the two.
I'm starting to think it's never going to happen and it's quite depressing how much I want it to happen. I actually want expanded/complete Williams' Star Wars Scores more than anything else... seriously.