“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.