Review | ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

It’s the end of an era. It’s time that we cross into the final chapter of Star War’s Skywalker Saga. “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” has gotten a lot of mixed reviews. Some liked it, others didn’t really enjoy it, and some just thought it was meh. Now that it’s out digital, it’s time to review it because that’s the kind of guy that I am.

The force will be with you, always

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” was directed by J.J. Abrams, who also directed “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and executive produced “Star Wars: “The Last Jedi.” It’s the ninth episode in the saga. Yep, there’s been nine movies. The cast from the first two films in the sequel trilogy return and reprises their roles. Carrie Fisher is also in this movie as they used unused footage from “The Force Awakens.” She passed away back in 2016.

The movie picks up after the events of “The Last Jedi.” Rey (Daisey Ridley) leads the resistance against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and his First Order. The First Order got a little more powerful after a Sith emperor returns to lead Kylo to end all Jedi once and for all.

The movie itself isn’t bad. The primary thing that holds the film back is the pacing. It starts off high speed before hitting a roadblock in the middle and slowing down and just drags until the finale. The movie is 142 minutes, or two hours and 22 minutes. Because the central act drags, it just brings the film down. The central act is still short, but it doesn’t feel that way.

It’s an instinct. A feeling. The Force brought us together.

Finn

The story of the movie is still impressive. There’s just so much plot, and it directly ties all nine movies together. While the callbacks to previous films are good, it’s rather too much. Fan service for the point of fan service. It’s kind of like they decided to throw out a bunch of things just to tie up all their loose ends. And the ideas to tie up loose ends aren’t bad, in fact, they are rather interesting takes on it. I just wish they decided to use the ideas earlier on in the sequel trilogy.

The issues with the story have to be due to “The Last Jedi.” It wasn’t done by J.J. Abrams. They really don’t reference much of the story from the eighth episode, besides the significant plot. Even then, this movie undoes that so that happened. Frankly, it’s kind of a hot mess. It’s not an unwatchable hot mess but a hot mess nevertheless.

The acting is excellent, as well as the action scenes. They live up to what we all come to expect in a Star Wars movie. But it’s the pacing and the story that hurts “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The ending is fitting of the Skywalker saga, but it could have had a more cohesive trilogy to end to it. I do recommend watching it as it’s really not a bad movie.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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