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"Buckaroo Banzai" is a bizarre but surprisingly good film. Its a large cocktail of idea's that would be fine on their own but mixed together create a strange yet enjoyable experience. I think there's two things that help make this film worth watching. One is the actors, they know this isn't going to be very good and they're having a blast. The second would be that passion and creativity for what they were making came before a logical story. If you're up to the challenge strap yourself and get ready for a weird and wonderful time.
As good as the first 2 Sam Raimi films and better than "Homecoming".
After what many consider (myself included) the middle finger to Star Wars fans that called itself "The Last Jedi", "The Rise of Skywalker" came to fix and wrap up the new trilogy. The question is though, did it work? Yes, with exceptions. Spoiler alert! Seriously though, if someone is gracious enough to warn you about spoilers then stop reading and go away. You only have to blame yourself if decided to move on from here.
One of my biggest complaints is the numerous amounts of previous film call backs. It feels like every 10 minutes the film goes "remember this?". I wouldn't mind it so much if it was once or twice but its constant and wears out it welcome quickly. There are way too many times a character dies and then is brought back to life in this movie except Leia who dies by talking to her son once and then, poof, gone. Its such a lousy way for her to die. A great twist was Rey founding out her true identity, which was not a Skywalker (as many of us thought) but from Palpatine's lineage.
The last act has two epic battles The first is with your typical ships taking down other ships. The second one is with Rey, Kylo (Ben), and Palpatine. Their battle is mostly of the mind and identity of who they are and what they are. The ending though does not satisfy though. Rey defeats Palpatine and she dies, Kylo (Ben) comes back to her (he was knocked out for a few minutes) and he uses all of his life energy to bring Rey back to life. It would've been so much more epic to see Rey become evil and Kylo (Ben) become good. Rey also decided to call herself a Skywalker. Why? It would've been so much better to have Rey finally admit she is her own person but instead she takes someone else's name and calls it good.
There are many good things about this movie though. The special effects are top notch, it should be considering its a big-budget Disney film. I don't recall anyone giving a bad performance. Ian McDiarmid always is a joy to watch when he play Palpatine. Many things that I detested in "The Last Jedi" were either fixed or ignored. "The Rise Of Skywalker" is not perfect but it certainty is a step up from "The Last Jedi". Is it a worthy end to the Star Wars saga? No, not by a long shot but it could've been worse, much worse.