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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review: Not The Best Star Wars Movie

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  • Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker has received a rating of 6.9/10 by IMDb and is fresh at 58% on Rotten Tomatoes.

  • J.J. Abrams directed the last and final chapter of the Skywalker Saga and the movie is visually stunning.

  • The Rise of Skywalker showcases the final battle between the good and bad sides of the galaxy.

Long have we waited for the final installment of Star Wars franchise that concludes the whole Skywalker saga. Nine movies have been released, The Rise of Skywalker happens to be Episode IX and the final one that reveals who Rey actually is and who is behind The First Order and formation of Kylo Ren.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Review
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Summary

A very usual story that has no unique constituent to be surprised and be excited. Yet the visuals are bewitching. All characters got their exquisite story arcs and the Skywalker Saga has a justified end.

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Story

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

There exists a bad company called the First Order which wants to rule over the galaxy and destroy most of it. To stop that from happening, the good guys form an opposition force called Resistance. Both fought in The Force Awakens and things didn’t resolve and got extended to The Last Jedi. That movie did not solve the issue too and then, The Rise of Skywalker is here to put an end to the war that is being fought since generations.

We all know how Star Wars movies are made, a problem is brought up at the beginning of the movie, then the good guys go on a little adventure, find flaws in the bad guy’s plan, using those flaws, the good guys go in ships and destroy the bad guys. That’s what happens every time and the same happened in The Rise of Skywalker.

The movie begins with Kylo Ren(Adam Driver) searching for the Wayfinder that leads to Sith, hiding on a planet called Exegol. Kylo travels and finds Palpatine(Ian McDiarmid), who is still alive and is the one behind the control of The First Order. Palpatine is also responsible for the creation of Snoke who is used as a puppet to pull Kylo Ren to the Dark Side. Then Kylo is ordered to find Rey and kill her. Palpatine has gathered a huge number of Star Destroyers which are on their way to take over the galaxy.

All of this is informed to Finn(John Boyega), Poe(Oscar Isaac), and Chewbacca(Joonas Suotamo) through a spy in The First Order. On the other side of the galaxy, Rey(Daisy Ridley) is continuing her Jedi training. General Leia Organa(Carrie Fisher) is her mentor. Soon Resistance is notified of the return of Palpatine. Rey discovers texts of Jedi left behind by Luke Skywalker that leads the way to Sith. Rey, Poe, Finn, Chewbacca, BB-8, and C-3PO(Anthony Daniels) begin their adventure together to Passanna. From there on, the journey begins of the heroes who have to stop the Dark Side from taking over the galaxy.

What’s Good?

Are you a space guy? Presuming you are, Star Wars will definitely fascinate you. The story never ended, until now. The Rise of Skywalker is meant to be a nostalgic ride through a story that began 4 decades ago by George Lucas. The franchise has gained a lot of popularity that it has to be rebooted to drive fans crazy. New characters were introduced in The Force Awakens, these characters made us fall in love with the franchise again. In those characters Ren is a confused character right from the beginning, this movie finishes his story arc in the best way possible.

I am supposed to write this review spoiler-free, so not revealing much of the surprises, let me put it this way, Rey finds her place in all of this madness. She had no idea where she belongs, she is always manipulated, will she surrender herself to the Darkside or become the face of Light? The movie has an answer.

Carrie Fisher who plays Princess Leia died in 2016. But the team managed to feature her in this movie through unused footage from The Force Awakens and that footage seems to be perfect in the story of this movie. Every dialogue of Leia is fitted in the right way possible, though these dialogues were not part of this movie.

J.J. Abrams made his way through the story and gave a nostalgic flavor to the movie as he always does. The emotional connectivity of the movie is very high. Let that be C-3PO’s drolling dialogues, Kylo Ren’s relationship with Rey, Finn and Poe’s bromance. Everything is rightly at its place.

The adventurous ride gets its amazing taste from the fantasy that was created through visual effects. The spaceships jumping into light speed and traveling through the galaxy is very colorful and appealing. The planet where Palpatine is in hiding, Exegol is another wonder of the movie. The idea of Exegol is thrilling. Palpatine’s place of hiding on the planet is dark and there are always flashes of lighting that make the screen intriguing. Then there are voices that speak in the mind of Ren and Rey, voices that are haunting and gripping.

What’s bad?

TBH, the movie is a routine story. Routine nostalgia, routine adventure, routine climax, and routine everything. There is a huge intergalactic war happening in which our heroes never die, like never ever. But the rest of the characters that are not highlighted always die.

Our heroes always get into the bad guy’s ship and somehow manage to escape, always. It is kinda unbelievable. These are unimportant elements of the movie that no one cares about, but that’s what forms the bigger story. Our heroes always survive out of luck.

When The First Order knows, Resistance is going to find out a flaw in their plan and come for it, why does it still give no shit about the flaw. After a bit of time, the story gets boring and clichΓ©d.

Yes, the action sequences are brilliant and the war is interesting to watch, but the plot is the same old and boring.

Overall

  • Is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker a right ending to the saga?

Yes

  • Is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker the best Star Wars movie?

No!

A nostalgic and emotional ride into the far, far galaxy which is at war for a long time. Our beloved characters advance into a phenomenal journey that not only impacts their story but the audiences’ journey who were into the saga from the beginning. A must watch for Star Wars fans but could have been a lot better.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theatres. The last movie of the saga is directed by J.J. Abrams. George Lucas came up with the story. John Williams is the man behind the music for the movie. The Rise of Skywalker stars Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Carrie Fisher, Oscar Isaac, Billy Dee Williams, Naomi Ackie, Keri Russell, Anthony Daniels, Kelly Marie Tran, Ian McDiarmid, and Domhnall Gleeson.

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