After the massive amount of mixed criticism that “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” received, I was concerned that the final installment in the sequel trilogy would follow suit. I’m happy to say, I truly enjoyed Episode 9: The Rise of Skywalker much more than Episode 8: The Last Jedi.
Even with that being said, there’s plenty to like and dislike about this film. However, this is a brand new Star Wars movie that us ‘fans’ have never seen before. So at this point, you kind of have to appreciate whatever it is because… it’s Star Wars.
In preparation for this final film, I’ve been watching Star Wars fanatic You Tuber’s for the past year discussing the various leaked information surrounding “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” so I knew exactly what to expect.
There seemed to be a lot of course correction going on with even a couple of ‘jabs’ at “The Last Jedi”. A lot happens in this movie… fast, and there is constant forward momentum. One reviewer actually said this movie felt to him like 9 movies worth of plot all in one. He nailed it. This is a very busy film.
The movie does contain some good payoffs though and it’s great to see Lando and the rest of the cameos throughout.
I noticed that I was chuckling out loud during a few scenes which is always a good sign. New droids, such as ‘D-O’, and new alien creatures like, ‘Babu Frick’ are fun and charming. Even the new character, ‘Zorii Bliss’, didn’t take up too much screen time and didn’t feel wedged into the movie.
In the second trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, we see that C3PO is taking one last look at his friend’s, and I had a feeling that I was going to be really bummed out after finally seeing the full version of this scene in the movie. Although, everything was moving so quickly that it felt like I never even got the chance to have any emotions about that scene because we were promptly on to the next scene. There were a few parts of the movie where I experienced that same exact feeling… getting ready to have some emotions, but then it was time to move on.
I don’t want to get too deep into the parts I disliked because overall, this was a great Star Wars movie that felt just about the way we expect these movies to feel.
I have to give JJ Abrams credit for the way he wrapped it all up. I don’t know if anyone else could have done a better job with finishing this story with the scraps that were left behind.
One thing is for sure… If you’re looking for a conclusion, you’ve got one.
Definitely check out “Star Wars – Episode VIIII: The Rise of Skywalker”.