December 26, 2019

Rose Tico's Screentime Cut by 90% in 'Rise of Skywalker'

The Last Jedi introduced audiences to Rose Tico, a gentle soul who valued love over everything else. The Rise of Skywalker only put her on-screen for a little over one minute. Why? 

STAR WARS: RISE OF SKYWALKER SPOILERS TO FOLLOW

Star Wars movies come with opinions. 

It's incredible to think about what an impact movies like these have on popular culture. One of the most talked-about roles in The Last Jedi was Kelly Marie Tran's Rose Tico. Rose's sister dies in the opening of the film, and instead of seeking revenge, Rose's arc becomes protecting what her sister was fighting for and the man she came to love, Finn. 

Depending on how you landed on The Last Jedi, you either loved or hated Rose. 

But despite your feelings, I think it is inarguable that she was one of the most important members of that film. Would it surprise you to know that Rose appears on screen for 10 minutes and 53 seconds of The Last Jedi’s 2 hours and 32 minutes? 

It surprised me. 

When I think about the film and Rose's impact, I would have guessed she appeared for much more. 

Still, it's disheartening to see such a great subplot sidelined in The Rise of Skywalker, which only features Rose Tico on screen for one minute and 16 seconds. 

Rose Tico's Screentime Cut by 90% in 'Rise of Skywalker' 

So what do we know? 

Aside from the screentime compiled by Slate, we know that a vocal portion of fans hated the character and her role in the movie - people cited the Canto Bight subplot and minimal arc as reasons they were displeased with her creation. Part of that is tied into the creative chances Rian Johnson took in the movie overall, and a small subset of fans attacked the character and actress because they're racist bullies. 

There are certainly ways to critique the movie and character without being racist, so I'm not even going to address that. 

Fans had lots of questions, and no matter what, The Last Jedi left a lot of answers to Rise of Skywalker

There was a real opportunity to have a compelling love triangle at the center of Rise, without the brother/sister stuff that diffused Return of the Jedi.   

It was always going to be interesting to see what JJ Abrams did with the character in his iteration. The swagger and strict adherence to the originals with the narrative surprises and tone of The Last Jedi

So knowing he completely pushed her to the sideline and took away any meaningful arc for her is a little confusing, especially since this was supposed to be the chapter that wraps it all up. 

Whether it was a studio mandate to please vocal fans, a storytelling cram Abrams and Terrio thought wouldn't fit, or just a gross miscalculation, Rise of Skywalker is missing Rose. 

Considering how much Rian Johnson was able to do in only 11ish minutes in the previous film, it's hard to understand why there was not more time to devote to finishing off her arc in this movie. Especially since the last we left her, she was kissing Finn, and he was stuck in a small love triangle. 

I truly was excited about what JJ and Chris Terrio would do with her here. 

And instead of challenging us or giving her some closure, we got nothing. 

Finn and Rose had a pat on the shoulder. 

Rose denies going on the bigger mission twice. 

And in the end, she's one of the many getting group hugs. 

To me, it felt lazy. Like they didn't have any good ideas, so they decided just to leave her with Leia and never got back to her. 

Even if you hated Rose, you have to see that having no ending for her is worse than an ending you didn't like. Because we were denied anything about her, we're left with a thread that depersonalizes the Rebel's cause at the end of the movie. 

It takes away any stakes aside from big bad versus big good. 

And it feels like a dramatic miscalculation of what could have been. 

No matter your feelings on The Last Jedi, Rose and her storyline deserved better.      

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12 Comments

Everyone but Ray, Kylo, Laya and Sideous were useless in Rise of Skywalker. Rose should have never been added to cast in first place. Most of sequences in Last Jedi would have worked better if they featured Poe and Fin off having a "Butch and Sundance" bromance.

December 26, 2019 at 6:37PM

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Jesse Yules
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With all of the issues with "Rise of Skywalker" the screentime of Rose Tico is a moot point.
It's done. It's over. Finally.
Now we get to slog through the past AGAIN with "Obi-Wan" and "Darth Maul," two characters that immediately deflate any tension, as we know how both of them end up, and how they die.

December 26, 2019 at 8:57PM

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Film Voltage
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Rise of Skywalker was hot garbage. end of story.

December 26, 2019 at 9:00PM

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If you're measuring the screen time of character YOU might have your own agenda.

She has limited screen time in the new film for good reason, her character was an experiment to gain larger markets which backfired and now apparently needs 'fixing' like everything else coming out of micro-managed 'second-guessing' SW Disney.

There's a plus side, at least the actress probably won't have to re-suffer the misdirected BS of the knobs who previously attacked her online.....but Disney could have also just given her a better story/arc that fed into the new film...... her sister's death set that up alone.

December 27, 2019 at 4:58AM

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This is what happens when you place characters uneccisarily in to a plot because of diversity. Rian Johnson thought best to proliferate new characters instead of render the established ones with the only congratulatory response being, she's asian in star wars.
This is probably more insulting and racist than not including the character at all because audiences saw through this. Unfortunaely, some attacked the actress which is un called for.
Star Wars has a diversity problem still. Why couldn't Jyn Erso from Rogue One be Asian? Most if not all star wars leads are all Brunette white women. Diversity roles are usually side characters.
Sure, you can count Finn and Poe but those characters are woefully under developed and forgotten. The best one was Diego Luna even though he is still thin on development... but then again, in Rogue One, all the characters were thin and rushed.

December 27, 2019 at 9:36PM

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"I think it is inarguable that she was one of the most important members of that film"

Are you mental? She didn't accomplish one thing, othe than distracting Finn for 35 minutes of the film. Didn't achieve objective of mission, didn't stop one person of the First Order from advancing on the base, didn't support or save anyone, left human slaves behind while freeing animals, interrupted Finn's hero moment, which would have caused enough diversion for the good guys to find their way out of the cave, saving Luke in the process.

No, it's quite arguable whether she was even needed TLJ, let alone ROS.

I was surprised she was in ROS at all! Again, she accomplished nothing. Turning her in to a Star Wars version of Scooby's Daphne was a clever camouflage, but again she accomplished zero.

She's standing on the memory of her sister - who DID actually made a meaningful sacrifice.

KMT is bouncy, beaming and cute, this has nothing to do with her, btw.

And there was no need to put a love triangle in the film, it didn't serve the story one bit. After all the complaints and arguments about fan service and nostalgia, you'd think people could get away from the need to try to recreate Han/Leia. Oddly enough, POE and Zori came close to that chemistry. Finn and Rose? Not so much. Rose was pushy, was going to turn him in as a deserter, then all of sudden is kissing him, with no positive romantic tension coming from Finn.

Are you just making stuff up to write about? Because this one is really weak. You should find some better sources to parrot from.

December 28, 2019 at 1:13AM

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Hey, I think there may be something wrong with your Enter key—your articles keep putting paragraph breaks after each sentence. Kind of like speed bumps every two meters on a road.

December 28, 2019 at 4:59AM, Edited December 28, 4:59AM

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Aankhen
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It’s too bad they didn’t cut her screen time by 100%. She probably got more screen time than Han Solo, but he’s an evil white male, who could probably “man-spreads” and “man-splains” at any given moment, so who cares. Let’s write an article about a character who has about as much importance as Jar Jar Binks.

A better article would be all the subtle f.u.’s JJ Abrams says to “The Last Jedi” in “The Rise of Skywalker.”

December 28, 2019 at 5:18AM

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K W
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The main issue here is that JJ did very little with the movie that came before. Plenty are arguing that it was course correction etc, but it's just lazy writing. The Last Jedi picked up the story from the Force Awakens, Rise of Skywalker did not. It treated the second film as if it almost hadn't happened, which is just bad filmmaking.

JJ wanted to step away and have nothing to do with the second film, then came back for the third and decided he didn't like the second film and retconned a lot of it. The Rose storyline could have been made MORE interesting, not less, with a good writer/director.

December 29, 2019 at 2:30AM

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Well the 2nd film pissed off most of the fan base with all of it's bad decisions and also it is acknowledged that it killed Solo's box office as much of the fan base did a boycott of that film because of The Last Jedi. Kathleen Kennedy almost got fired for it. so they had to do a course correction. it is the only movie in the series I will never own.

December 30, 2019 at 6:29AM

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This happens a lot. Many times actors who shot a lot of scenes get most scenes cut down or cut out completely in the final edit. Why are we making a big deal about this one time that it happened again?

December 30, 2019 at 6:27AM

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December 31, 2019 at 8:58AM, Edited December 31, 9:29AM

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