Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review


Elizabeth White, Photographer, Social media manager

After over 42 years of a continuous story, the saga comes to an end, meaning it is time to review the ninth and final Star Wars movie. The final episode, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker came out on December 20, 2019. The Rise of Skywalker is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017). 

The Rise of Skywalker follows Rey, Finn, and Poe as they lead the Resistance against their final stand against Kylo Ren and the First Order, who is now led by the return of the deceased Emperor Palpatine. Palpatine made his return after being dead since the Return of the Jedi when Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda caused his demise. The return of Palpatine was not loved by many because the movie does not get into detail on telling you how he has been alive/hiding throughout all of these years. Many fans viewed this as the writers and creators not knowing how to bring him back and make it logical; Instead of giving a reason as to how Palpatine has survived, they just threw him into the movie. 

Even though many people were confused by Palpatine’s return, it later began to come together and make sense when we found out who Rey’s parents are. Rey’s father is Palpatine’s son, which would mean Rey is a Palpatine. Fans thought that this made sense as Rey has always had some of the dark side in her. Now that everyone knows who she is related to, it makes much more sense now that we know that she actually has some of the dark side in her blood. 

In conclusion, the final Star Wars movie, The Rise of Skywalker’s, ending has been anticipated for decades. Fans have always had suspicions on how things would end, who would end up together, and, the most anticipated question, who is related to who. The final movie answered most of the questions that fans had about the Star Wars universe. However, some questions were still unanswered. These questions could have possibly been left unanswered because of the creators using them as part of a plot for a new movie, or maybe the creators couldn’t think of any ways to answer them so they were just left alone.