For the third time in some adult’s lives we have a conclusion to another Star Wars trilogy.
Since Disney bought Lucasfilm in 2012, the anticipation for new Star Wars movies has been monumental. However, there was a polarizing reception to the second part of this new trilogy, The Last Jedi as fans felt it lacked plot and quickly dismissed a lot of ideas set up in The Force Awakens. Director JJ Abrams, helmer of The Force Awakens has returned to hopefully appease fans and bring balance to the Galaxy once again.
The Rise of Skywalker opens some time after The Last Jedi and finds Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) on a mission to track down Emperor Palpatine, thought dead for over 30 years but very much alive and seemingly pulling the strings of The First Order. He sends Ren on a mission to find Rey (Daisey Ridley) and bring her to him.
Meanwhile Rey is continuing her training with General Leia (Carrie Fisher) as she fights her inner demons and the pull of the darkness that lies within her. After receiving word that the Emperor may be alive, Leia knows the Rebellion is hopelessly outnumbered and dispatches Rey, Finn, Poe and Chewie on a quest to destroy him once and for all. But of course, things don’t go to plan as they discover the full might of the First Order’s power with new planet destroying ships at their disposal.
There are a number of plot turns that are a bit too convenient and just an excuse to move the film forward since there is so many loose ends to tie up. On occasion this is detrimental to the pacing as it often feels rushed in places. There are a few new characters that don’t have time to make much of an impression, but the focus is very much on our main leads and the fractured relationship between Rey and Kylo who inevitably must face each other again. The writers also deal with the death of Carrie Fisher respectfully and give Leia a suitable send off.
The visuals are gorgeous as ever as we visit new planets and the music provided by the legendary John Williams is as exciting as you’d expect from such a master. Director Abrams also handles the action with ease and the climatic battle is an epic finale featuring several fan favourites.
Whilst not as amazing as some hope it may be, The Rise of Skywalker never fails to excite and brings the entire Skywalker universe full circle. The force is indeed strong with this one…