The Rise of Skywalker Movie Review



The Rise of Skywalker closes a beloved saga with an end that leaves some confused, some in tears, and some that feel the films have gone out with a bang. The movie gives a plot focused on the heroes we saw at the end of The Last Jedi– Rey, Finn, Poe, Chewbacca, and others- searching for a device to lead them to the back-from-the-dead Sith Lord Palpatine before he can unleash a new order and finally control the galaxy. Meanwhile, Kylo Ren continues on his search for Rey as she battles with her own self-identity when her biggest question is finally answered.

The Rise of Skywalker received a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 6.9/10 on IMDB, and a 54% on Metacritic. It earned ‘just’ $15 million in its opening weekend which is something of a disappointment for Disney as 1917, a World War 1 drama, has recently taken over the title with $36.5 million earned opening weekend.

Rise of Skywalker has gotten many mixed reviews by critics, but seems to have mostly negative responses. Amy Nicholson from FilmWeek said, “You sense in this film, J.J. [Abrams] shrinking that world… Everything in this franchise feels like a take back.”

This review is a summary for lots of critics, with a view that the director, J.J. Abrams played the movie a little too safe. But Bob Mondello from NPR says, “It doesn’t do anything new or even terribly distinctive, but maybe it didn’t have to. It just had to be good enough to stick the landing, and it does that.”

I think this review helps bring out the better part of the movie, the part that satisfies the fans. Like Mondello, I feel that this movie wasn’t the best ever, but being a Star Wars fan I feel that it was almost a perfect ending. Characters old and new performed for a humorousness, bittersweet, and heart-stopping movie that pleases fans.

I would give Rise of Skywalker 7.3/10. The special effects were great, and the plot line worked well enough so that the actors and actresses could give their best performances. There were some confusing parts that didn’t necessarily fit right into the story but in the end they left an acceptable way to end the story. I recommend this movie (and the series) if you enjoy science fiction movies with lots of action and characters that you can enjoy to watch their story grow. I recommend that you do watch at least the two newer movies of Star Wars (The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi) before you watch this movie so that the entire thing will make sense, but watching all of the Star wars movies will make the movie even better.

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