10 Movies That Pissed You Off Straight Away

9. Palpatine Returns... Somehow - Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker

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As much as fans were excited to see how J.J. Abrams would wrap up Star Wars' Skywalker Saga, they were signalled to lower their expectations in the movie's first few minutes as it became clear they were in for a big 'ol mess.

It wasn't a secret that Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) would be making his return, and though a lot of fans were excited to see how he would be resurrected, the film's opening scene made it clear that it had no interest in providing an explanation.

The opening title crawl literally just tells the audience that Palpatine is back... somehow, referencing a mysterious broadcast he makes that isn't even included in the movie but was actually aired in the video game Fortnite a few days before the film's release. Yup.

Things don't get much better from there - Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) quickly slaughters himself a path to Palpatine where we learn that he was the Big Bad pulling the puppet strings all along, and that Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) was a clone stooge created by him.

This opening gambit made it painfully clear that Abrams wasn't interested in doing anything new or creative with this finale but simply regurgitating the hits while awkwardly attempting to downplay some of Rian Johnson's more radical storytelling decisions in The Last Jedi.

Sadly the rest of the movie followed along the same desperate, clumsy tenor, leaving many deeply unsatisfied.


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