Movie Review – Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

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Ranking as the seventh Disney movie of 2019 to surpass 1 billion in the box office, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, directed by J.J. Abrams, is the final part of the recent Star Wars trilogy. Receiving a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has taken heavy criticism for not having continuity in plot.

 

When I heard that there was going to be another Star Wars movie I had mixed feelings, as the first two of the new trilogy were only mediocre compared to the originals. After seeing The Rise of Skywalker, I felt a little disappointed because throughout the whole story we see new abilities that Rey can pull out thin air such as Force healing and being able to talk and interact with Kylo Ren — based on what happened in the other movies, this seemed made up for convenience. We see Kylo Ren under heavy pressure to choose sides, either help the First Order find and destroy the Resistance or help fight against it, preventing the need for so much action. Also, the story is so fast paced, to the point where I felt I couldn’t absorb what’s happening.  It feels like a much longer movie was crammed into the 2 hours and 22 minutes. In the end, however, even with a confusing and chaotic storyline, the movie had a beautiful soundtrack and visuals that made up for it. The end of the trilogy makes those who like the Resistance and Rey happy with how it ends, but I wish they would’ve let the dark side win for once. I think in the end it was worth the money but didn’t exactly meet my expectations for the finale of one of my favorite childhood series. 

 

As a stock investor of Disney, I strongly recommend watching the movie. 

If you’re a longtime fan of the Star Wars franchise, then I would recommend watching the movie, even though it’s a little confusing at times, it also gives a sense of nostalgia, but more importantly: it’s the final film of the trilogy.