The Past Returns

Star Wars is one of my all time favorite franchises. I was born two years after Episode IV and have literally been raised watching these movies. My favorite childhood memories are of Thanksgiving Daywatching all three episodes while I waited for dinner.

So to say that I’m a Star Wars nerd is totally true and I’ll wear that badge proudly. So when we had the opportunity to go see, “The Rise of Skywalker”, on Christmas Day it was not a difficult decision.

Major Spoilers Ahead!!!!!

I’m also going to admit that prior to seeing the film I read all the spoilers and reviews that I could get my hands because I wanted to know what was coming. I have to say that everything I read did not do the film justice at all.

First, Carrie Fishers CGI presence in the movie did not look fake. Now I saw the 3D version and maybe that had something to do with it but I couldn’t tell that she really wasn’t there. I thought what they did was well done.

I also was impressed with how much story they had to tell and how they kept moving. Poe got a back story and it fit well into the plot. It was also great to see that Finn, Poe and Chewy have that camaraderie that Luke, Han & Chewy had. It was similar enough of the past to give you a chuckle and let you know that as things change some familiarity can still be found.

Two, Palpatine coming back from the dead, being Reys grandfather and wanting to use her body to rule the galaxy after she kills him (yuck). Yes, I see that he really is the big bad and yeah it fit well with the story but ugh.

Three and this is the one is big for me, Rey and Kylo Ren/Ben. Finally, after a series of force connections and battles across the galaxy he turns back to the light side of the force. They battle together and defeat Palpatine, he brings her back from the dead and then he dies!!! Talk about cheap! I fully realize that he has now redeemed his soul and can Rest In Peace and be one with the force but it also felt like just an easy way for the filmmakers to just get rid of him. Since this is supposed to be the last film why not let him live?

All in all at the end of the day, “The Rise of Skywalker”, ended the series well. It wrapped up the series in regular Star Wars fashion with the Jedis’ future looking bright. Well done, J.J. Abrams well done.

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