Being one of my most anticipated movies of the year, The Rise of Skywalker hit theaters just before Christmas, and my mom and sister came with me immediately to see the movie. Of course, if you are a regular reader you know I am an avid Star Wars fan. This movie was the final in the Skywalker saga, so I was hoping with a passion that it would be spectacular. Did it live up to expectations?
In any story, characters and their complexity and development are key. The Rise of Skywalker, while being limited in time and having many questions to answer, still does a decent job in adding layers to the main characters we have come to know through the sequel trilogy. Rey is tender yet powerful and seems to go through more hardship than in the previous movies, which makes her a tad more relatable. We get to understand the desires of the main villain of the sequel trilogy, Kylo Ren, better. We also get hints towards the past of Poe and get to see Finn’s growth in potential as a character.
The story moves very fast and there are many moments that are not shown onscreen but are done behind the scenes. For example, some characters either state or imply the achievement of somethings, but the movie fails to show the processes and skips to the results. So while the movie stays focused on its main points, it fails at moments to explain them.
This movie is also one of the most action-packed and epic feeling of all the Star Wars movies. There were moments of action that left me in awe. It can be a bit creepy too, even right out of the gate. There is more blood than I have probably seen in any other Star Wars movie, though it is not at all a “bloody” movie. This movie has some profanity/bad language that, while much less you than would get in a Marvel movie, is still there. Unfortunately, there is also a gay female kiss between two non-primary characters in a crowded sequence, but it is in a very blink-you’ll-miss-it moment, that I can and will easily skip henceforth.
The humor almost always pays off and the characters have amazing chemistry that really pulls the viewers into the story. There are some moments where an event is quite sad or shocking but ends up not being what it seems. This may seem either like a massive relief or deception and betrayal of the promised outcome, but not all those moments are like that. A few are just as they appear.
I have watched this movie twice now, and while the ending first left me feeling a bit unsatisfied, I have come to terms with it now, as I see there were not many changes they could have made without the movies ending seeming odd or out of place. It does still leave me with a sense of, “Is there going to be some sort of a sequel?” but overall, I am not unhappy. My theater clapped when it was over.
As someone who almost cried when the words “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” appeared (and throughout almost the entire movie), I think it is safe to say I am a little biased. This is also a movie I would not recommend to people who have not seen at least some previous Star Wars films. It is ultimately a thick fan-service that accomplished many of my wishes. It is now my favorite of all the Star Wars films and the second one I saw in theaters.
What do you think of the Skywalker Saga? Have you seen The Rise of Skywalker? Tell me in the comments! Bye, for now, everyone!
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