Film review: Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Now the moment has arrived, and the sci-fantasy epic that spans forty years is set to come to an end with the ninth installment, Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerEven although the financial success of …

Now the moment has arrived, and the sci-fantasy epic that spans forty years is set to come to an end with the ninth installment, Star Wars: The Rise of SkywalkerEven although the financial success of the franchise is a fact since Disney purchased the Star Wars franchise, but the fan base is more divided than it was in the previous two episodes. Therefore, it is unclear if J.J. Abrams will manage to bring Odyssey to an acceptable conclusion or even further divide opinions.


As the lone remaining members of the Rebellion, under Leia’s leadership, attempt to get back on the ground , Kylo Ren plans his next steps as the new commander-in-chief for the First Order, a frightening radio signal is broadcast throughout the galaxy. The Emperor, believed to be dead, is back and is claiming his former position as the head of state.

With a massive fleet of super-modern star destroyers, Kylo plans to restore his empire through force. Kylo will pull out all possible means to locate the base of the Emperor’s hidden, and Rey, under the guidance of Leia, is close to completing her education as a fully-fledged Jedi. But an unidentified informant from the First Order leaks news to the Rebels that prompts them and their comrades to embark on searching for the base where the Emperor intends to launch his last assault and known as the Final Order.

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Without going into a lot of details about the quality of the last two episodes, it is evident than it was before “The Rise of Skywalker: the most damaging and destructive problem with the trilogy that was produced under the direction of Disney is the absence of a realistic plan of action laid out before the production. The original idea of giving each part to three directors is entirely different from each other, with greater or lesser free reign borders on pure gambling. The willingness to take risks and take risks, which is unusual for Disney specifically, has already been an error in The Last Jedi and is getting even more apparent. It is because of the obvious decision of J.J. Abrams, who was brought back in the final minute, to bend the epic in the direction he had taken with Episode 7 and to bring it to a satisfactory conclusion.

If he succeeded in achieving that goal will likely be a source of debate for some time, as everything else in the world regarding Star Wars in recent years. The road to the present isn’t easy because the movie and its plot require the most faith. For instance, the plot holes criticized so much during The Last Jedi are back. Just the premise around the emperor, who plans his return under cover for decades, pulls strings of the background, and then announces his plans beforehand via intergalactic flashes that shake your head. The entire first third is an unintentionally-simple montage that appears to serve no other purpose besides establishing the status quo that was never mentioned or predicted.

Following that, The Rise of Skywalke takes on significantly improving in terms of quality and consistency, but only about itself, which is the root of the issue. The movie could be an excellent Star Warsfilm in its own right. It wouldn’t need to do numerous plot leaps to make it appear like a set-up did not exist. The things that fall by the wayside, in addition to the bitterness of not having a trilogy (but just three more than more coherent films) and, most importantly, are the characters. The only one, Kylo Ren, has a well-constructed and satisfying storyline to display. As with the other characters, a sense of naivete persists until the end, particularly about Finn. While the character might be in the three films, the surface is never more than a mere sidekick at any time, which is welcome but completely insignificant.

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However, enough of nagging; Episode 9 is pretty neutral and, in its way, is a highly thrilling sci-fi action movie. When one examines the above described, overloaded 30-40 minutes towards the start, it is an exciting and enjoyable adventure that also manages to stir viewers’ emotions at its best moments,. The film is also the very first film since the initial trilogy to provide the C-3PO, the druid C-3PO, an aspect beyond just comic relief. The fanservice mentioned above, while prominently displayed, is surprisingly discreet and is often reserved for true fans, which is not typical of J.J. Abrams, who is not well-known for his delicacy. A handful of new and intriguing characters are also introduced, but they do not have the necessary screen time to establish the characters fully.

In the realm of the acting aspect, Adam Driver stands out with his believable portrayal of the tear-swollen Kylo throughout the film and creating the most emotions for him. The rest of the cast is perfect. However, they all fall victim to the script’s seemingly randomness and lack of character development. The spotlight on this aspect of the cast members should be given to Carrie Fisher, who passed died before filming started. The combination of the existing (and altered) scene from the prequels as well as CGI to allow her to take on her role posthumously is quite impressive and is a fitting way to say goodbye to the immortal princess both in the story as well as in the Star Wars cult and her character.

Like in previous films, Disney does not skimp out regarding special effects and technical aspects. Particular aspects that are featured in the film. Rise of SkywalkerCamera, designs, and sets once more create stunning sets, locations, and set pieces, all of which were created using top-quality CGI and excellent animation. The editing may be somewhat rushed this time. However, the music isn’t anything to be unhappy about. John Williams is in top form when he re-uses songs that have been unused for a long time and weave them into new music. So the master bids goodbye in the most prestigious manner since he announced in the past that Episode 9 would be his final contribution to the Star Wars universe and whatever is to come.

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The absence of any planning on the production side and the hardly overlapping visions of the creators have split the final three films of the Star Wars saga into more and sometimes less than stellar individual pieces which never form one cohesive whole. The current Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is afflicted particularly by this problem and devotes a significant amount of running energy and credibility to establishing the foundation that could have been able to build on two different films. Develop naturally. There are major plot flaws, key characters that don’t really grow and just appear, along with problems with the overall strategy, which harmed the film tremendously. However, J.J. Abrams manages to bring the story even better and, most of all, due to Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, a more emotionally charged finale than anticipated, despite the potentially challenging circumstances. If taken as a whole, the film is a highly entertaining and grandiosely staged action show when you’ve made it beyond the overloaded and hopelessly stale first third.

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