“Rise of Skywalker” proves ensemble films are best when well-established franchise characters stick together.

The overly ambitious nature of The Last Jedi's attempt to group three near-independent plotlines was only successful in its knotting together at the end. The Rise of Skywalker takes a more basic approach: one plotline at a time, with everyone back together again. And it makes for a significantly more enjoyable experience, because audiences like it when their favourite characters work amicably together.

Who is left standing – Avengers Infinity War

Edit: This post was first composed after watching Avengers: Infinity War. It now includes content following the releases of Ant-Man and the Wasp and Captain Marvel, respectively.  Edit 2: We now have more "information" regarding the status of characters who's fate were left ambiguous thanks to new Endgame posters released in March, but treat it … Continue reading Who is left standing – Avengers Infinity War