As the final movie in the Star Wars franchise, I found The Rise of Skywalker to be decent to an extent. However, the film is not perfect. The Rise of Skywalker starts with many cool battle scenes, leaves viewers with some unanswered questions, and looks back at prior issues from The Last Jedi (2017). Director, J.J. Abrams did what he could to best wrap things up. Nevertheless, I did not find the movie that monumental although still enjoyable. The characters we love ranging from Leia Organa (played by Carrie Fisher), Luke Skywalker (played by Mark Hamill), Kylo Ren (played by Adam Driver), Rey (played by Daisy Ridley), Finn (played by John Boyega), Poe Dameron (played by Oscar Isaac), C-3PO (played by Anthony Daniels), Chewbacca (played by Joonas Suotamo), and Lando Calrissian (played by Billy Dee Williams), all come together to conclude the saga. Now, like I said the film is not horrible, it is just not all that amazing.
The plot of this Star Wars movie centers around the surviving Resistance. They come up front towards the First Order that must come through to complete the saga. This means that Rey is on a mission to fulfill her task of figuring out who is the true Jedi. The action in the movie is cool, yet it goes off course periodically and is just not all that structured. Yes, I believe the previous Star Wars movie had too many scenes with talking a lot between the characters. However, in that case it gave fans ideas about the next conflicts for the saga. In this case, it seems to jump into the conflicts without being clear.
What I did enjoy most about the movie was the realization that Kylo Ren came upon himself along with Rey, Finn, and Poe Dameron. My issue was that their problems did not seem to fit the purpose of the film which was trying to fulfill the saga. Yes, the saga is wrapped up, but not in a very memorable way. I found myself wondering if this movie was rushed. To an extent it was, but I believe that the action took place first, so fans could get excited. Excitement is great, but fans also like to know the background story so they can understand why specific scenes are featured. I didn’t think the conclusions reached throughout the movie made that much sense which was a disappointment.
Overall, for this Star Wars movie I am at a solid two stars. I had high expectations and this one did not deliver. Given Disney plays a big part in making Star Wars movies, they will obviously have more ideas to in the future and are bound to make numerous reboots. If fans are die-hard, then this movie must be seen. Viewers just need to adjust their expectations and not expect spellbinding elements that Star Wars is known for.