I need to rewatch this one, but I’m beginning to feel this is the best of the sequel trilogy. I have issues with the film, but I don’t hate it.
To me, I feel like I have the same opinion. The Force Awakens destroyed every single accomplishment in Return of the Jedi, copied the original 1977 movie, and undid Han Solo’s character growth. The Rise of Skywalker not only destroys the meaning of Anakin’s redemption and sacrifice, but also undermines this entire franchise.
The Last Jedi is awful, yes, but at least it tried to continue the story that was told in The Force Awakens, albeit badly. Thus, I consider The Force Awakens and The Rise of Skywalker to be worse movies than The Last Jedi.
TLJ destroys Luke. So i guess they all work together against the OT characters. And for the record I never felt TFA destroyed Hans Solo, he was pretty much the Hans we knew and loved from the originals. He was a scoundrel, not really boyfriend material… And neither was Leia.
I’ve never understood this perspective that TLJ destroys Luke. He makes a mistake, overcomes it, and has a heroic death. He’s humanized, and still gets to be badass at the end.
The problem is that he had repeated the same mistake he had committed before: considering the cold-blooded murder of one of his family members. It undermines and undoes his entire arc of overcoming darkness in Return of the Jedi. When Luke attacks Vader, he realizes his mistake and throws away his lightsaber in front of the Emperor, promising that he will never turn to the dark side.
The point of him realizing his mistake and promising to never turn to the dark side was to show that he has matured as a person, to better face and overcome the darkness in the galaxy and within himself.