Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker movie review


Kenny Miller, Reporter

After the 2017 release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I wasn’t excited to see another entry into the Star Wars saga. The Last Jedi had a convoluted plot and the movie dragged on for way too long. Although Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker has some of the same problems, it was a much more enjoyable time and a good way to end the trilogy.

The story’s about how the first order have found a planet called Exegol, and they will turn it into a super weapon. The resistance are trying to find a Wayfinder, which can help them get to Exegol. So General Leia (Carrie Fisher), sends Rey (Daisy Ridley), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and Finn (John Boyega) to go and find it. They travel across the galaxy to find the Wayfinder while running from Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the first order. The plot is very weak, at many times director J.J. Abrams does things with the characters that doesn’t make sense. He does things with certain characters that contradicts what they did in the previous movies. The twist with Kylo Ren also seemed a little rushed, and felt like they didn’t spend enough time with it. Abrams introduced a lot of new characters in the movie that felt pointless. They had no plot and did not change the story at all. The plot also throws in a lot of unnecessary fights. There were many parts in the movie were it felt like they put in a fight for no reason. Abrams should have made a deeper plot so the fights didn’t feel as forced.

Although the plot is weak, Abrams did a great job with the movie and let the actors have more fun with this movie. In the Last Jedi, it felt like the characters were dull and not having fun with the movie. Abrams brings that back in a big way. There are more laughs and a lighter mood to The Rise of Skywalker. The lighter tone doesn’t take away from the conclusion though. Abrams did a good job at finishing the story of the trilogy. Kylo Ren’s character arc over the last three movies is great, and seeing how it concluded here was a lot of fun to watch. Abrams also did a great job of building an epic finally. He had to wrap up the trilogy in a big way and he pulled it off. The ship, gun, and lightsaber fights all are shot and acted well. All the fights were good with the Rey-Kylo Ren fight at the water temple being the standout of the movie.

Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker is a good movie and concluded the last four years of Star Wars in a big way. The plot may not have been strong but that didn’t take away from the fun. I recommend Star Wars the Rise of Skywalker and am excited to see what happens with this franchise in the future.