Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker concludes the saga.
In a galaxy far, far away, the epic Star Wars saga comes full circle with J.J. Abrams’ triumphant return in “The Rise of Skywalker.” As a fan introduced to the franchise in the early ’90s, the allure of countless creatures, diverse species, and stunning landscapes has always been a driving force. With the weight of a trilogy on its shoulders, this installment promises to rectify the mistakes of its predecessor and deliver a satisfying conclusion.
“The Rise of Skywalker” picks up the reins from “The Last Jedi.”
It reclaims the narrative helm Abrams initially set in motion with “The Force Awakens.” The film revolves around Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron leading the Resistance’s desperate last stand against the sinister Kylo Ren and the resurgent First Order, now supported by the unexpected return of the evil Emperor Palpatine. Abrams navigates the challenging task of tying up loose ends left by the previous installment. The film, dedicated to addressing lingering questions, offers an emotional tribute to the late Carrie Fisher, showcasing General Leia’s prominence and granting her a fitting farewell.
The central trio, Rey, Finn, and Poe, undergo significant character development, their chemistry shining in shared screen time. The film presents new, memorable characters, paying homage to the franchise’s nostalgic roots with Lando Calrissian’s return. The character dynamics and surprise elements inject fresh energy into the narrative. Action aficionados won’t be disappointed, as “The Rise of Skywalker” delivers on the promise of relentless, visually stunning sequences. While some may lament the less polished lightsaber fights, the film compensates with a strategic narrative choice. CGI and special effects dazzle, enhancing the immersive experience.
Humor, thoughtfully dispersed, provides comedic relief, punctuating the tension with genuine, laugh-out-loud moments. The movie’s pacing ensures a captivating journey from start to finish, leaving audiences on the edge of their seats.
I give “The Rise of Skywalker” achieves a remarkable 4.5 out of 5 stars. As the curtain falls on this saga, the film evokes both smiles and tears, cementing its place in cinematic history. It’s not just the end of a saga; it’s a timeless story that will resonate across generations. May the Force be with you, always.