STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Review

Daisy Ridley is Rey in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

The Rise of Skywalker is Made for Fans – But Does It Answer Questions?

The Rise of Skywalker is the last of the major Star Wars movies, and the end of the story – or that is what Lucasfilm would like fans to believe. The battle for the galaxy will hit theaters everywhere this Friday. But where can it go from Episode VIII? We watched Han Solo die, we’ve seen the First Order continue to grow and the Resistance continue to fight them. And this is where the story picks up again.

Never underestimate a droid

Leia

In The Rise of Skywalker, some time has passed but the battle has continued. Rey is training to become a Jedi under the guidance of Leia now and trying her hardest to be the best. It doesn’t take long before she’s called away and her skills are going to be put to the test by the First Order and of course Kylo Ren.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Review
General Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) and Rey (Daisy Ridley) in STAR WARS: EPISDOE IX

Like any of the last Star Wars movies, chapters or the individual stories released in the last few years – the film balances the alien world and the characters well. You can expect to see nods to the original trilogy with the expected cantana type scene, storm troopers who aren’t the best shot and of course the Wilhelm screams as they are taken out.

In the event I don’t return, I wanted to let you know you’ve been a real friend R2 – my best friend

C3PO

The battle scenes are taken to a larger and more epic scale and takes advantage of fantastic CGI artists. But that is not where The Rise of Skywalker excels. It is actually filled with a lot of great moments that are made just for fans. It allows the newer cast members that we’ve come to love over the past couple movies to take the story in their hands and to control it completely. It has heartfelt moments and epic battles, and will have you rooting for the Resistance as they take down some of the biggest threats to the galaxy yet.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Review
Joonas Suotamo is Chewbacca, Oscar Isaac is Poe Dameron, Daisy Ridley is Rey and John Boyega is Finn in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Is the Rise of Skywalker What Fans Expect?

What are fans expecting when they walk into The Rise Skywalker? That iconic scrolling screen, space battles, bad guys, the fight between good and evil and the hope of the resistance with familiar characters. If that is all that you are expecting when you walk in to see The Rise of Skywalker – you wont be disappointed. Despite the fact that this is the last chapter in the saga, there will be a few new minor characters introduced. And you can expect there will be some losses along the way since this is the final battle.

The first order wins by making us think we are alone – we are not alone

Poe

But will all of this will fans be happy with this addition to the story? Chances are this results will be mixed. The movie spends a large portion of the time wrapping up loose ends, and even creating the current story. And with a run time of two and a half hours, you would expect there to be more substance added in. Instead you’ll have some lulls and parts that seem like they are playing directly to the long time fans, and others that are there for the fan who is newer to the franchise.

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Review
Daisy Ridley is Rey and Adam Driver is Kylo Ren in STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER

Will We Get the Answer We All Want to Know?

As fans of the franchise heads into The Rise of Skywalker there are so many unanswered questions we all have. Since this is the ninth story in the series, we are going in knowing this is the last of the main chapters and stories. But those questions we’ve had for the past few years, will we get answers? Who exactly is Rey? And will we ever find out.

I know the rest of your story

Kylo Ren

The Rise of Skywalker does a great job wrapping up the franchise as a whole. It does hint at possible spin offs, because we would expect nothing less with this franchise. Not only will fans get some of the answers they’re looking for, but The Rise of Skywalker actually takes the opportunity to finish up the story line for several characters. While fans will appreciate this and knowing the ends and directions of many of the characters, often these story lines are ignoring canon and may cause some die hard fans to have issues.

The movie brings the story of the Skywalkers full circle and there will be nods to the original characters throughout the film – and some are more overt than they need to be. But you will appreciate the care they took to bring these character’s stories to an end.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in U.S. theaters on December 20.

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About Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER Review

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in U.S. theaters on December 20.
The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, and Billy Dee Williams.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written by J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio and opens in U.S. theaters on December 20.

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