Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker review

What’s in fan service? Is it just to make fans happy with a sense of nostalgia or simply giving them what they want?

Some would argue that making the plot of a movie unexpected is what makes a movie great while others would say you want people to leave the cinema happy.

To be honest, I’ve always thought that movies are about making people happy. It’s about people leaving the cinema feeling good and a sense of fulfillment that the past 2 or 3 hours spent was well worth it.

Well The Last Jedi didn’t do that for me and I’ve been skeptical of the Star Wars franchise ever since.

But here we are approaching the Christmas season with the final installment in the Star Wars movie series. The Rise of Skywalker trailers have raised so many questions and we have JJ Abrams back at the helm. He played it safe with The Force Awakens and now he’s here to give closure to what some fans think was ruined with The Last Jedi.

Of course there are those who would argue that The Last Jedi was brilliant, unexpected and really taking things in a different direction and letting the past go.

I think The Rise of Skywalker unites both groups.

A story is told, a huge question is answer, resolve is found and peace is achieved. How my statement applies to which part of the movie….I’ll leave that to you to decide.

The treatment of Carrie Fisher is the standout moment of this movie. I found it warm and full of respect.

I left the cinema satisfied. I felt like that kid getting the surprise of his life seeing those giant yellow opening titles crawl on the big screen but at the same time a teenager going though up and down emotions midway through the film. But most importantly, a centered adult, content, satisfied knowing this final chapter of what I have grown up with has finally ended right.

Stand out character: Kylo Ren. Long Live Adam Driver

Cutest character: BB8 and his new friend

Most Valuable Player: Old man Lando

By: Elliott Danker

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in cinemas 19 Dec

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars

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