“Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker”: Suffers from a Frustrating Lack of Imagination, but with Fan-Focused Devotion

With the ninth film in the #StarWars saga now opening in some parts of the world, professional reviews for “Star Wars IX: #TheRiseOfSkywalker” are decidedly mixed on #rottentomatoes with a metacritic score of 57% (as of the time of that this post was written), which is the second lowest metacritic score for all of the live-action “Star Wars” films. (Only the metacritic score of 53% for “Star Wars I: #ThePhantomMenace” is lower.)

The overall consensus on rottentomatoes for the film is defined as follows:

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker suffers from a frustrating lack of imagination, but concludes this beloved saga with fan-focused devotion.”

"Star Wars IX" Metacritic Score from Rottentomatoes

“Star Wars IX” Metacritic Score from Rottentomatoes

To see how the fans might react to the film, we sat down and did a comparison of the rottentomatoes metacritic scores with the user scores for the live action “Star Wars” films on IMDb. The results were very interesting.

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From this values, we found that there is a correlation of 80% between the two sets of ratings, which implies that the rottentomatoes metacritic score is a good indicator of how well users are actually going to like the film. Based on this correlation. we are able to predict that the user rating for “Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker” is probably going to be around 6.4 to 6.5, which isn’t good at all as it implies that the “Star Wars” trilogy of trilogies is going to end on a very forgettable note.

Now, when we first started to write this blog post, there were no ratings showing up on IMDb.com, but as of the time that we are working to complete this blog post, there are ratings appearing because theaters outside of the U.S. are opening and viewers are beginning to watch the film. So, right now, with just under 8000 votes, the rating for “Star Wars IX: The Rise of Skywalker” on IMDb is 6.8, which is very close to the value that we have predicted. Assuming that the people going to see the film as early as possible are the hardcore “Star Wars” fans, that 6.8 rating is very telling and once more members of the general public see the film (who aren’t necessarily huge fans of the franchise), that rating may continue to go down. Only time will tell.

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