#StarWars: #TheRiseOfSkywalker – Movie Review

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker – Budget of $250 – 300 million – 2 hours and 22 minutes

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Kylo Ren has found the Sith Wayfinder and it led him to the planet Exegol.  He discovers the man who created Snoke and Darth Vader.  Now, this man is willing to give Kylo Ren the throne to an empire bigger than any before it.  Kylo Ren will be the new leader of the Final Order.  He only has to do one thing: kill Rey.  Before Kylo heads on his mission, the man warns him: Rey is not what she appears to be.  Back on the Millennium Falcon, Po, Fin, and Chewbacca got a message from a mole in the First Order.  Kylo Ren has the Wayfinder and discovered the true origin of the Sith.  They fly back to tell General Leia and Rey.  Rey is completing her Jedi training and reading through Luke Skywalker’s text.  When Fin lands, Rey can’t believe the Millennium Falcon is on fire.  Fin can’t believe that Rey let a tree fall on BB-8.  Once Fin settles down the argument, they have to tell Rey and Leia the intel: The Sith leader is back and out to kill Rey.  They must find a Wayfinder to get to Exegol.  Then kill the Sith leader for good.  Rey wants to go alone.  Lately, she has had vision of herself sitting on the Sith Throne … next to Kylo Ren.  She is afraid of the path she will take and don’t want to take her friends with her.  But they refuse to stay behind.  They decide to be with her all the way.

Extreme, hardcore Star Wars fans will hate this movie because they never wanted to like it since Disney bought the franchise.  Regular hardcore fans will pick it apart for inconsistencies.  Casual fans will like the cinematography, the spot-on graphics, and overall story arc.  Action fans will like the choreographed fight scenes but would want more blood.  When watching this movie you can finds connections between the plot and Episodes 4, 5, and 6.  At some points, it feels like the same story is being told again.  During the movie, you are transported to another world that feels, looks, and sounds real.  Like all Star Wars movies, there is nothing to see after the credits.  While the movie is available in 3D, it’s not necessary to enjoy the film.  However, viewers should see it in IMAX.  The larger screen makes it easier for your eyes to feast on this film.  This movie ends the way it should and gives fans a final bow.  The fan you are determines if you see this or Episode 6 as the final bow.  All in all, it’s a fun action movie with the characters you know and the characters you love with a few more thrown in for good measure and humor.  Nothing like a good droid hacker.

I give it 4 out of 5 stars

Be with me. Be with me. Be with me. They’re not with me – Rey

Rey, never be afraid of who you are – General Leia

You didn’t say my name but I’m alright – C-3PO

Wookiees stand out in a crowd – Lando

I offered you my hand before. Why didn’t you take it – Kylo Ren

He’s cheating – Fin

I can’t do this alone. I need you – Po

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