Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

The Force is quite strong, in the conclusion of George Lucas’s space saga. The Rise of Skywalker wastes no time. We are where we need to be: here and there scattered tufts of rebels are once again preparing themselves for the decisive battle against the ominous empire. The blood ties of the characters run straight through good and evil.

The Force Awakens was a strong resumption of the Skywalker Saga and The Last Jedi was by no means boring. Star Wars also had bad luck: Carrie Fisher died before her share as princess Leia was over. The actress is still in this final, cut from pieces of residual material. With The Rise of Skywalker, Abrams boosts predestination: Han and Leia's son, who ran over to evil, Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) is once again the true successor of grandfather Darth Vader, Jedi-novice Rey (Daisy Ridley) is still unsure her off. Rebel general Lando Calrissian, the hero of the early films, is also popping up. But the script gives the now 82-year-old performer Billy Dee Williams too little to do - alas. Here, Abrams feels a craving for nostalgia dangerously thin. There is no shortage of visual spectacle: speederbikes are being torn, there is that beautiful light-fighting battle on the rusty remains of a Death Star. Rebel pilot Poe (Oscar Isaac) and former stormtrooper Finn (John Boyega) stare around in that old Millennium Falcon, but their characters do not live up to the earlier promise. They are, after all, more secondary characters.The essence of this trilogy remains the dark attraction between Rey and Ren, carefully entwined by the three films. The Rise of Skywalker properly secures the saga, albeit with large stitches and much superlative force.

On an emotional level, the film touched me deeply. For me it was the end of a journey that I undertook together with my deceased parents and later with my deceased girlfriend, a journey that I completed on my own. Maybe that's why I dig the nostalgia in this film. Chewies medal? Tears. Leia's transformation in the Force? Tears. Tatooine? Tears. Binary Sunset? Tears.Harrison Ford? Tears. Apart from this, it was magnificent fun.

Rey's lightsaber technique in The Force Awakes reminded me of Palpatine's in Revenge of the Sith. It's clear that Rian Johnson's path as construced in The Last Jedi wasn't the path for The Rise of Skywalker - maybe that was unfortunate, maybe it was a type of cowardice. Yet, Rey had a predestination which was laid out in The Force Awakens. She fulfills that predestination, as did Anakin Skywalker, as did Luke and Leia. That's why I can't be angry at certain narrative choices. Star Wars belongs a bit to all of us. I'll close my review with a tweet I read yesterday. "We're never, as a species and as a fandom, going to agree on what makes a good #StarWars they all mean different things to different people.Maybe everyone can just be grateful we have it at all, because the world would definitely be worse off without it."

Amen to that.

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