Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (2019) – Movie Review

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a space-fantasy action-adventure film co-written, and directed by J. J. Abrams. It is the third installment in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, following The Force Awakens (2015) and The Last Jedi (2017), and the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker Saga”.

The film follows Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe (Oscar Isaac), and Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) on their final adventure in the galaxy far far away to save it from the tyranny of Final Order which is under the command of Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid). The film also tries to give the appropriate conclusion to the character of Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), who is leading the surviving resistance against the Final Order.

This final chapter of the Skywalker saga had a lot to cover which was set up by two previous films, which were directed by two different directors. And that’s where this film struggles to carry the weight and legacy of Star Wars. The film also brings back some characters, locations, spaceships from the original trilogy, and therefore rather being a solid film it just becomes the nostalgia trip. The film does a lot of fan service, which few may like, or a few may not.

The makers have put in a tremendous budget to make it look stunning. I must say that the visual effects in the film are just astonishing and top-notch, it is a visual treat. The background score of the film compliments it’s visuals and makes it even more enjoyable (in IMAX). The film is well-acted and the direction by J. J. Abrams is flawless. The film is spectacular at the technical front; But as I said before, it is a poor mashup of so many characters, locations, and story dynamics, which fails to give justice to all. It doesn’t even give justice to its title. So, at last, I would say that the film had a lot to deal with and in that mess also it managed to give an okayish conclusion to The Skywalker Saga.

Verdict : A visually stunning Star Wars film burdened by expectations disappoints the audience.

Rating : 3.7/5

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