The Rise of Skywalker Review

Aliya Surti, Reporter

   The Rise of Skywalker brings a satisfying yet muddling ending to the Star Wars saga.

   The new Star Wars series began with The Force Awakens in 2015 with the newest addition The Rise of Skywalker in December of 2019.  

   With Rian Johnson’s failure of The Last Jedi, the excitement for the Star Wars saga died down.  However, it turned out to be an okay movie to wrap up the series.  

   For one, the movie was extremely fast paced with no explanations.  The feared Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) makes a comeback after his believed death in Return of the Jedi made in 1983.  [Spoiler alert] Rey (Daisy Ridley), the scavenger turned to Jedi turns out to be his granddaughter, which leads to the question of when does the Sith Chancellor Palpatine have a child?  

   Of course that also adds that if the villain Snoke hadn’t been killed in the last movie, they wouldn’t have to bring the Emperor back.  Along with Kylo Ren’s (Adam Driver) arc in The Last Jedi that began his turn to the light, but was lost and brought him back to evil.

   Rey and Kylo are also the only people to fight throughout the new series.  One great thing about the prequels that began in 1999, were the multiple lightsaber scenes with different people used everytime.  

   From Yoda (Frank Oz) against Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) in Attack of the Clones to Anakin (Hayden Christenson) against Obi-Wan (Ewan McGregor) in Revenge of the Sith, the prequels hold different fights every movie.  However, Rise of Skywalker contains the same fight between Rey and Kylo Ren that the previous movies had with slightly different moves.  

   Rey also ended up kissing Kylo Ren, pleasing many fans but also confusing others.  Their rivalry turned friendship was enough, and the added kiss takes away from Rey’s path to becoming a jedi.  

   However, the scene with the past Jedi speaking to Rey was powerful and moving, especially for the people that recognised the different voices from the other movies and television shows.

   It was slightly strange how Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) seemed to be killed by Rey but wasn’t, C3P0 (Anthony Daniels) lost his memory but didn’t, and Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac) had a love interest but didn’t.  

   However, the ending to the saga with the binary sunset, and Rey’s new yellow lightsaber brings a satisfying conclusion to the decades old series.