In 1977 a new movie franchise was introduced to the world and we had no Idea what was going to follow. I was born in 1979 and didn’t experience Star Wars that I can remember until I was 4 years old. I have to tell you as a 4 year old little girl I was hooked immediately. George Lucas created a story that was so different and so out there that somehow resonated with people of all ages.
The franchise and fandom has grown and changed so much since 1977. Being somewhat of a closeted nerd most of my life I have been celebrating the past 10 years with open arm. It has never been a better time to be a nerd. For Star Wars Fans we have had so much given to us since 1999. Movies, animated series, merchandise, games and more. Fans came out of hiding and it has become popular to be a Star Wars fan again.
I am a fan that loves all the movies, that is important for you to know before you read this spoiler free review. I am the fan that feels lucky to have every Star Wars story given to me. I don’t care about cannon, if we have male or female heroes, lead characters or story changes. I am a FAN. Give me all the Star Wars, challenge the story, the characters and let’s enjoy the universe.
The Rise Of Skywalker runs 155 min but does not feel long enough. I could have kept watching for another 45 min and it is one of those movies I could have restarted and watched again immediately. I was a little worried that this story was not going to help me feel complete. With End Game really hitting every point I needed to feel good with the end of that phase of the MCU I was thinking there would be no way both of my favorite fandoms could end so well.
JJ Abrams did it, he did it. I am very pleased with The Rise Of Skywalker. He answered questions we needed answered. He put to rest some of the items so many fans had issues with in the Last Jedi (I loved that movie by the way) and the transition between 8 and 9 seemed seamless. Abrams defiantly put his stamp on this film, lens flares and all but it did not make Last Jedi look like a step child that didn’t fit in the franchise.
I cried, more than once. Not any big ugly cries, I didn’t want to scare people. There are moments throughout the film that get you. There are some moments and characters that I was surprised with and good surprised. He reconnected us with characters we have loved since the beginning. Abrams game us the nostalgia we need and wanted from the entire saga but also gave us moments that will help the franchise move forward.
There are some things I do think didn’t work, this movie was not perfect, but I will get into those when I do my official review and breakdown of the film. Those things are also me being very picky. However I do see how some fans will not like this film at all. For me I highly enjoyed it. There is a moment between a few characters that happened a third of the way through the film that makes the movie for me. Anything could have happened after that and I still would have loved the movie. To me Abrams did a great thing for Star Wars with this film.
From the sound ques to the score, cinematography, costuming and character development I loved it. I need to see it a few more times in the theatres, because there is a lot to see.
Movie Grade: A-
Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker
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, Ian McDiarmid, and Billy Dee Williams.
No one’s ever really gone… Rey’s journey continues and the Skywalker saga concludes in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, coming December 2019.
Rating: PG-13 (for sci-fi violence and action)
Directed By: J.J. Abrams
In Theaters: Dec 19, 2019 Wide
Runtime: 155 minutes
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures