Release Date: December 20th, 2019
MPA Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and action)
Runtime: 2 hr 22 min
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
Written By: J.J. Abrams and Chris Terrio
Starring: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, and Oscar Isaac
The saga George Lucas began in the 70s has finally concluded with the ninth episode known as Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, the J. J. Abrams directed film features another posthumous performance from Carrie Fisher who died in 2016. This was made possible through previously unused film footage, and not by using the often famous CGI technique.
The Rise of Skywalker revolves around the efforts of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), and Poe (Oscar Isaac) to defeat Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), and the First Order. This time, an old foe of the Jedis, Palpatine, has miraculously reappeared and is aiding Kylo in his efforts to take over the galaxy.
The realization that Palpatine is alive, is realized early by Kylo and the resistance. While Kylo makes a journey to uncharted space to locate him, a spy informs Finn and Poe of the situation. The only way to locate Palpatine is by using a Sith Wayfinder, which are almost non-existent. While Kylo finds one and uses it, Finn, Poe, and Rey have a bit more difficulty finding one.
Eventually, all members of the resistance will locate Palpatine, where they must also encounter a secret armada of Star Destroyers. A battle ensues and allegiances change, while the final confrontation between the resistance and the dark side occurs.
It has been a decades long experience, but the Star Wars saga has finally come to an end. For me, the finale was not amazing, but was sufficient. All of the sequels and prequels that fans have had to watch, have felt a bit like a rollercoaster ride.
The original trilogy from George Lucas still ranks highest on my list of Star War movies. The next three prequels, just seemed to lack the original chemistry. The final three episodes which brought back our favorites such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia, fared better at the box office and in the hearts of Star Wars fans everywhere. Thus, the reason I call the saga a rollercoaster ride.
The first fact that stood out with me, while watching The Rise of Skywalker, were the scenes with Leia. She passed in 2016, but has still made appearances in The Last Jedi and The Rise of Skywalker. She had already finished filming her scenes for The Last Jedi, but for The Rise of Skywalker, J.J. Abrams and company had to be a bit ingenuitive. Apparently, they had to piece together some unreleased scenes that she had filmed from other episodes. No CGI was involved in the creation of Fisher’s scenes. Thanks to this strategy, her scenes look very natural and realistic.
Besides keeping our beloved Leia in the finale, the storyline, action sequences, and emotions all added to the positive movie experience. The movie does bring the saga to a close, and has a bit of a twist near the very end that I was not expecting. The only negative aspect may be the fact that Palpatine has miraculously reappeared after all of this time. It’s a bit far-fetched, but I can overlook it.
Overall, I enjoyed Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It is not as good as the original three movies, but it sure beat what came later.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars