REVIEW: Latest ‘Star Wars’ messy, yet, proper ending
I went with a couple of friends to go check out
“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the final chapter in the Sequel Trilogy. The sequels started with “The Force Awakens” in 2015 and continued in 2017 with the release of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” After finishing this final film, one of my friends looked at me smiling and said, “It’s a mess, but it’s a beautiful mess.”
I can definitely agree with that assessment to a certain extent. There’s a whole lot of movie packed into this 2-hour-and-20-minute package. It’s pretty much a roller coaster ride from the moment that the film begins, all the way to its climactic conclusion.
The movie starts by setting up right away that Emperor Palpatine (Ian Mcdiarmid) is back. Kylo Ren is searching him out, not to join him but to destroy him. Kylo is now the Supreme Leader of the First Order and doesn’t want any competition to his rule. After he finds Palpatine, though, the Sith Lord offers him a new fleet of massive Star Destroyers that will help Kylo rule the galaxy and all he has to do is track down Rey (Daisy Ridley) and kill her as she is a major threat to their rule.
Meanwhile, Rey is at the Resistance base where she is currently being taught by General Leia (Carrie Fisher). Rey is getting more powerful but she is still trying to truly find her place in the galaxy. Soon, though, her friends Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) and Finn
(John Boyega) return with a message that confirms that Emperor Palpatine is alive.
This causes all of them to go on a mission to discover what they need to take Palpatine down once and for all.
The movie is packed with a lot of material due to its ambition. Co-writer and director J.J. Abrams not only wanted to conclude the Sequel Trilogy but the entire nine episode “Skywalker Saga.” He swings for the fences at every corner, meaning that he doesn’t always hit home but he’s a pro so thankfully, he gets way more right than he does wrong in this film.
There are several action sequences and they are all fun in their own right. Yes, there may be a few too many of them, but I must say that my eyes were glued to the screen and I never once found myself to be bored by the film. It was fun following our three main leads, but it was also just as fun seeing our old fan favorites along with some new characters along the way.
It was great to see Billy Dee Williams back as Lando Calrissian, a smooth talker who can actually give our characters a little more perspective that comes with age and experience. Then, of course, there is our lovable droids C-3PO, R2-D2 and BB-8, along with Chewbacca who is still supporting his companions.
One of the things that impressed me most was how well they incorporated the unused footage of the late Carrie Fisher in order to finish Leia’s storyline. There was more there than I thought there’d be and it was used to give Leia’s story a fitting conclusion. Kudos goes to Abrams for giving her more than a simplified and quick cameo.
There are plenty of surprises and twists and turns in the film, but I don’t want to say too much more without spoiling anything else. Was “The Rise of Skywalker” a perfect ending?
Will it satisfy every Star Wars fan?
No, but what does these days anyway?
For this old fan, though, it was a good time and ultimately a messy, yet, proper ending to a magical and epic story that started over 42 years ago.