Movie Review | Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019)

The first 3 films of the Star Wars franchise came out in 1977, 1980, and 1983, meaning that for a child who was born in the 80’s like me, these movies were the go to “space” our parents saw in cinemas. Right along side Star Trek and other ‘classics’, I loved Star Wars’ story and it’s original cute characters like Yoda and the Ewoks.

Something Inside Me Has Always Been There. But Now It’s Awake. And I’m Afraid. I Don’t Know What It Is Or What To Do With It. And I Need Help.

– Ray

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Director: J.J. Abrams
Story: George Lucas

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

If you’re not into the franchise and don’t know much about it because seriously everybody who knows Star Wars know these basics.***

  • The original Trilogy started with Episode IV – A New Hope, Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, and VI – Return of the Jedi. These three focused more on the Story of Luke Skywalker.
  • The next Trilogy were the Prequels, Episode I – The Phantom Menace, Episode II – Attack of the Clones, and Episode III – Revenge of the Sith which gave us the story of Anakin Skywalker
  • In 2012, The Walt Disney Company bought Lucasfilm and gave us Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Episode VII – The Last Jedi, and Episode IX – Rise of The Skywalker

Star Wars: Rise of the Skywalker was released on December 16, 2019 and if you haven’t seen it well… πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡πŸ‘‡


REVIEW

In all honesty I have to say I loved the first 3 trilogies in the Star Wars Saga, hated the next three, and had reservations about the last three. More than the Sci-fi aspect of the first 3 (Episode IV, V, and VI), I loved the romance of the world right along side all the politics and fighting. I think that was why I hated the next three (Episode I, II, and III) because they didn’t live up to my expectation from the original movies. They seriously felt as dry as the deserts of Jakku. When Episode VII was released I didn’t know what to expect but I was torn between missing the Millenium Falcon and my heartbreak over Ben Solo killing his father to prove that he could become like his grandfather. Still, the first movie in the sequel trilogy made me curious about where George Lucas and Disney were taking the Star Wars Saga. Also, I was hoping that Rey was a Skywalker so badly.

I Know All About Waiting.

– Rey

I didn’t get to watch Episode VIII – The Last Jedi until about 4 hours before we actually went to see Episode IX – Rise of the Skywalker. I had to fill in the blanks really fast. Didn’t want to be clueless going into the last movie. After seeing Episode VIII, I already had the inclination that Rey wasn’t a Skywalker, and I was right.

I appreciate the these movies were not as dry as Episode I, II, and III. There were a lot of things I wish was taken from the Star Wars EU, like Luke’s actual wife and kid but the treatment of these movies were reminisce of the original three. I loved the Porgs, BB*’s new friend D-O, and yes Babu Frik.

Rise of the Skywalker was also filled with so much nostalgia for the original trilogy like when R2D2 recognized the signature of Luke’s fighter when Rey used it to go to Exegol to confront Palpatine, and at the end when Rey went to Tatooine to bury Luke and Leia’s lightsabers.

I was anticipating the ‘thing’ going on with Ben and Rey but it was heartbreaking that Ben didn’t even get to enjoy going back to the light. Luke and Leia got their own romances so I’m just pouting here because Ben couldn’t get his. I wish Rey actually did become a Skywalker, either by being adopted by Luke or Leia or maybe by marrying Ben. Taking on the Skywalker name at the end felt more like taking on a badge.

And I…am all of the Jedi!

– Rey

But then again, after seeing all nine movies, I feel like that was a fitting end to the Saga. It’s not going to be the end in the Expanded Universe whatsoever but the movies needed closure. The end of a blood line was needed, and so was the beginning of a new generation of Jedi, free from the constraints of rituals and old rules.

I just still really wish Ben didn’t have to die. (Not going to get over that.)


The Star Wars Saga took a generation of fans on a wild ride through the galaxy – from my parents, to me, and then to my sons. Maybe we’ll get more Star Wars movies like when they did Solo (ugh that was a painful movie). Or maybe we can get more from the Expanded Universe. In it’s entirety, the Star Wars Saga will never leave us.

The last Dialogue at the end of the movie was just poignant:

Old woman: There’s been no one for so long. Who are you?
Rey: I’m Rey.
Old woman: “Rey”, who?[Rey looks to the horizon, where the ghosts of Luke and Leia are watching her]
Rey: Rey Skywalker.

I still have Star Wars hangover…

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