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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker - Tyler’s Review

By Tyler Davis


After taking a few days since seeing The Rise Of Skywalker to search my feelings. I finally have come to a conclusion that I enjoy this movie. I had a lot of fun on the wild ride this film takes us on. Some moments were intense, some were funny, and some were just laughable. All in all, this movie provided me with both a great amount of entertainment and a fitting end to the Skywalker Saga.



Pros:


Force Powers in this film were awesome. The Last Jedi really gave us a new look at how the force could be used and this film doubled down on it. Kylo and Rey being “tethered” and able to interact physically through the force provided us with one of the coolest lightsaber battles in all of Star Wars. I think this was likely my favorite part of the movie, it was just such an awesome scene.


Daisy Ridley turned in what I would consider her best performance as Rey in episode nine. It's cool to see how she has grown with this character over the three films. I was also a fan of the twist that Rey is a Palpatine. I’m sure it will bother some, but I was glad she wasn’t related to the Skywalker’s or Solo’s. Ultimately, this creates the biggest victory in the light versus dark by way of a Palpatine actively choosing to be a Skywalker. I was a huge fan of that final moment, even if the scene itself was extremely heavy handed.


Kylo Ren has been the best addition to Star Wars since he was introduced in The Force Awakens. He went from wannabe Vader to conflicted hero Ben Solo. Despite it being a bit predictable, I was satisfied with the redemption arc of Ben. I think Adam Driver did a great job of playing a tortured character and was happy to see him finally get to become the Ben Solo we were waiting to see. Only downside in my mind is that he had to die in the end. I would have loved to see him and Rey have to rebuild the Jedi Order 10 years from now in a sequel.


Additionally, I was a fan of the movie’s action. Visually, Star Wars has never looked better than this new trilogy, and all of the action sequences in this movie were gorgeous. When Rey and Kylo are fighting on the remnants of the Death Star and the waves are crashing over them I was as giddy as ever. After getting zero lightsaber duels in The Last Jedi, The Rise of Skywalker did not disappoint.


A few other things I liked:

  • Music Festival planet, I danced.

  • Creature Design

  • Babu Frick, need that Baby Yoda and Babu team up stat!

Cons:


This is one of the busiest movies I have ever watched. So much happens so quickly that it’s somewhat jarring. We planet hop, visit with multiple characters, and add new characters. There is just so much happening, even with in a two hour and twenty minute runtime, there just isn’t enough screen time to go around.


The video game plot of this movie is also quite aggravating. Fetch quests are the key to every open world video game and sure enough, also getting to the Sith planet. It was so infuriating to watch our ragtag team of Rey, Finn, and Poe visit with several different people only to be told to go somewhere else and get the next clue. I felt like I was watching a video game in live action. I don’t need Star Wars to be sophisticated, but it is worth mentioning because it doesn’t serve the plot other than to move it forward.


A few other things I really didn’t like:

  • The kiss.

  • Palpatine not doing anything to prevent his demise.

  • What happened to the First Order? Did we forget about them once Palpatine was back?

In the end, The Rise of Skywalker was a fun movie that I cannot wait to watch again. Sure it has it’s problems, but it is Star Wars and it scratches that itch for me. I know that this is “the end” but I believe this story will continue in the future. Ten years from now, we will see that Lucasfilm logo pop up and a yellow lightsaber ignite with that awesome sound and we will all celebrate. I know I will.


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