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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Move Review (Spoiler Free)

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concludes the saga

I wasn’t around when Star Wars originally came out, but I was introduced to the franchise in the early 90s. I was always fascinated by all the countless creatures and species in the Star Wars universe along with the different landscapes and modes of transportation.

Synopsis

The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron as they lead the Resistance’s final stand against Supreme Leader Kylo Ren and the First Order, who are now aided by the return of the deceased galactic emperor, Palpatine.

The Force Awakens by J.J. Abrams was a solid beginning into the newest Star Wars trilogy. Unfortunately, The Last Jedi took this franchise into a major dive due to a new director taking the reins and shifting the story. Now Abrams is back for The Rise of Skywalker to conclude a trilogy he should have piloted himself the entire time. 

I went into Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with a list of items I needed to be addressed.

I will say that all the major questions that we were left hanging with will be answered throughout the movie. As promised, there are tons of Carrie Fisher as General Leia which should excite fans. I am interested to know how much was filmed before her untimely death because her role in the movie is very prominent, as she is given a fantastic tribute, and proper send off.

The main trio Rey, Finn, and Poe all become a better version of themselves in this installment as we dive deeper into their characters. We get a lot of screen time of all three of them together which we did not get in the last installment which was unfortunate because their chemistry is undeniable. There are tons of great surprises from beginning to end with a couple of cute and memorable characters being introduced to us for the first time. Even Lando Calrissian’s return as seen in the trailers is an absolute gem and brings back a feeling of nostalgia.

When it comes to action there are zero complaints in that department. The movie jumps right into it and every scene from thereon out is action-packed. I did wish the light-saber fights were more polished and stylish but I guess there is a reason behind why they are not. All the CGI/special effects were amazing and the humor that accompanied the movie was placed methodically throughout, and gave us a handful of laugh out loud moments.

Verdict

I give Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a 9.5/10 as the Saga comes full circle. I left the movie theater with a big smile on my face and a couple of tears. It is truly the end of a Saga but the story will live forever.

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