Movie Review- Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

December 19, 2019
By Ili Farhana

There are two ways of looking at the final movie of the Star Wars saga,  Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.  One, the Star Wars superfanboy approach— noisy, criticise everything, theorise everything, and tiring.

The second way— consider it like a reunion of old friends and get to know session with new ones to celebrate a life full of battles, won and lost, and close to a beautiful and nostalgic 9-movie saga that has become a part of life for millions around the world since 1977. This writer picked the second option, and stepped out of the cinema happy.

Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams joined forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.

The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran.

No stone left unturned in this one, all your questions are answered, either in one-liners, or musical cues in the scoring and at times visually.

Who is Rey? Answered. Who’s the real menace? Answered. Sometimes the answers to our curiosities came in too literally and a little too explanatory in nature though.

There are scenes within this movie that reaffirms some ‘theories’ made by fans out there while some scenes feel like they’ve been lifted off a fanfic.

We also understand that to make way for something new, something old must go away. There are scenes that will make you whoop with joy, and there are scenes that will make you say ‘seriously?’ There are also corny, cheesy lines, but not overdone. And of course there will be cute droids and fuzzy creatures of space.

Cameos are aplenty in this movie. We spotted composer John Williams and Denis Lawson who played Wedge Antilles in the original trilogy. There’s more, but telling you who appears will actually fall under spoilers. And then we found this piece of news on Twitter:

If you plan to make this the first ever Star Wars movie to watch, which is a little unfortunate, it’s still possible for it to be a good watch. However maybe best to start properly according to the year the movies are made (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope onwards.)

We’d like to stress this out to you– Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is not the best Star Wars movie, it’s not the most perfect and it can be bigger and grander. But for what’s worth, we’ll take this as it is– a safe yet very enjoyable final movie in the Star Wars saga and we’re very thankful it ended this way (we typed this without any Jedi mindtricks played on us, promise).

All photos courtesy of Disney Malaysia

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