“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” Review

Star Wars

Connor Kline, Staff Writer

In a world over 40 years ago, George Lucas created a franchise that created a fandom who appreciate it for its intriguing plots and characters; the series grew creating three different trilogies and this film marks the end of an era by being the final film in the main series of nine.
The plot of the film continues the fight between the Resistance and the First Order to finish their sinister rulings, while this occurred Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron continue their journey to end the evil forces. They embrace for the final fight, while possessing power and generations of training behind them.
The movie tries to wrap up the loose ends and unanswered questions created from the other films in the series. The film disregards the previous film in the franchise and continues to build upon “The Skywalker Saga” by eliminating twists proposed by the former film managed by Rian Johnson. Being such a big film franchise, everyone shares their own vision for the saga to end and dealing with what he received, J.J. Abrams creates a film full of fan service to attract new and older viewers to remind them of the other films and to pull in an audience.
While this film gives fans and viewers of the series closure to the characters they followed for the past few years, the film takes an easy way out on challenging situations and events. The movie often plays it safe for the sake of not upsetting the fans, rather than showing events impacting the series as a whole or make viewers talk about it for a long time.
With a runtime of 142 minutes, the movie often drags and becomes tedious in what it wants to accomplish or the message it wants to send. As the movie progresses,  it’s evident they wanted to do what they’ve done before because of the nostalgia factor like how “The Force Awakens” transpired to become a carbon copy of “A New Hope.”
The film showcases nothing new or extravagant to the franchise. It ultimately leaves viewers split due to the copious amounts of fan service, but lacks imagination and originality. The movie continues to show its beautiful shots and stunning visuals, it and truly seems like an end of “The Skywalker Saga” and leaves people wondering what comes next.
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” rates a two out of five on the ratings scale.