Name: Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
After 42 years and 9 films, the final chapter of the Skywalker Jedi film franchise has come to an end. The Rise of Skywalker didn’t have an easy job – tying up a million of unanswered questions and loose ends, while satisfying a multitude of extremely particular fans. But after watching this movie, I felt like the mission was accomplished delivering a satisfying, exhilarating and entertaining experience.
Trying my hardest to keep this review spoiler free, I will only reveal slight storylines and plot – but honour and respect the fact that people may not have found time to see it yet.
We are thrown straight into action with Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac) and Chewie (Joonas Suotamo) blasting around in the Millennium Falcon, Leia (Carrie Fisher) and the rebellion are planning their next step in the takeover and Rey (Daisy Ridley) is exercising her Jedi abilities under the watch of Leia. Since defeating Snoke, Rey’s connection with Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) has got stronger and she is struggling to figure out what the connection means.
Following the shocking discovery from Return of the Jedi, Emperor Palpatine is back and splits the film into two parts; Republic vs the Resistance and Sith vs Jedi. Both feeling very intense and planned out, but came across slightly complicated and disconnected.
With so much travelling and blasting off from planet to planet collecting artefacts and tracking beacons scenes felt like they don’t last more than a few of minutes before the trademark Lucas wipe. This made the story feel less flowing and more of a montage of mini adventures.
Throughout the film we cram in as much of a galaxy tour as possible, showing some beautiful cinematic incredible planets, including Endor and its ferocious battering waves surrounding the fallen Death Star II. Visually striking perfection.
With the mixed reactions for The Last Jedi, it was time to refresh and recover from the damage. The Rise of Skywalker puts Rey’s parentage at the centre of the storyline. Finally we get answers of who Rey really is! The Knights of Ren are back but come across disappointingly weaker than previously built up to be – one example of a let down throughout the film.
Rey and Kylo Ren’s relationship is explored even deeper and gives us the best intense connection in the entire saga, Carrie Fisher’s death is approached with respect, sympathy and rawness tugging on your heart strings. C3PO delivering some one-liners that will make you laugh out loud and some genuine breath taking moments throughout the movie sums it all up as an entertaining finale.
But with all that said, The Rise of Skywalker is such a satisfying movie. For all its complications and chunkiness, it gives us some strong incredible moments. It’s an enjoyable and emotional end to the saga. But if you compare it with similar end of an era movies such as Endgame, The Rise of Skywalker didn’t deliver the same amount of punch.
But forever and always… May the Force be with you all!