The Rise of Skywalker was possibly just as controversial as its predecessor, The Last Jedi, when it came to the treatment of the sequel trilogy’s characters. Screen time was a huge complaint among some Star Wars fans for characters like Rose Tico and General Hux. In fact, Domhnall Gleeson recently expressed in an interview with IndieWire about how he wished his character and story were fleshed out a bit more on screen.
“It would’ve been nice to stick around a little bit longer, for sure… It would’ve been nice to see the spy thing play out a little bit, but J.J. [Abrams] knows what he’s doing, and I heard a kind of gasp in the cinema when it happened, so I guess he was right.”Domhnall Gleeson
Despite his respectful criticism, he did step up to the plate in defense of J.J. Abrams’ decisions and direction for the overall benefit of the story.
“The film is what the film needed to be, I think. There’s always stuff that you would like to see more of, but you can’t have a 17-hour film, I’ve been told. Apparently, that’s not allowed, so I was happy with what was there.”Domhnall Gleeson
With criticisms that The Rise of Skywalker was too jam packed, the finale did its purpose in bringing a satisfactory conclusion to the Skywalker saga. In all honesty, there is only so much stuff you can fit into a film before it turns into a “17-hour” documentary. In any case, it’s wonderful to see how supportive the entire cast has been in defending Abrams’ work. Let’s hope as Star Wars fans we can all do the same and appreciate with what we have– flaws and all.