I fell in love with Star Wars when I was a kid, though it took me until I was in roughly middle school to really get into the series. I remember Darth Vader terrified me when I was little, so that spooked me for about half a decade. I never thought I’d see a “sequel trilogy” as Lucas was against it. But Disney wasn’t going to sit Star Wars on the shelf, and the results have been mixed. Unlike the majority of Star Wars fandom, I loved Last Jedi, mainly because it was unpredictable. Rise of Skywalker flopped harder than most Star Wars films with critics, with them citing a predictable path for the movie. That didn’t stop this super-nerd from seeing it shortly after release.
The film takes place not long after the death of the famous Jedi master Luke Skywalker. To the shock of everyone in the galaxy, the infamous Emperor Palpatine sends a message from the grave. This makes Supreme Leader Kylo Ren furious, as the thought of the Emperor/Sith Lord coming back is a challenge to his power. So instead of hunting Rey, he’s on a quest to find out the truth behind the Palpatine question.
Having the conflicted Kylo Ren distracted is good news for the Resistance, but only in the short-tem. Though Rey stays out of the battle for awhile. She intends to train as a Jedi knight, for which Leia helps her train, as Luke Skywalker did show her the basics long ago. So the Resistance has to rely on Poe Dameron and Finn for the most part, but soon Rey will join the fight to defeat all the evil in the galaxy.
But Kylo seems intent on turning Rey to the dark side of the force. He sees something special in her, as most people with Jedi-like powers would. Kylo Ren told her that her parents “were nobody” in The Last Jedi, but he soon learns what makes Rey powerful. It’s something that even Rey will have trouble believing. Rey will have the biggest challenge of her life, and without a Jedi master to save her, she’s mostly on her own.
Overall The Rise of Skywalker was a good, yet bittersweet movie. It finishes the “Skywalker Saga” so hopefully Disney can start fresh with a new series of films set during the centuries of the Old Republic, or maybe in the distant future. Part of the film’s problem is it seems that the Sequel Saga kept getting different writers, and we end up with a lot of stuff that makes little to no sense. They also (not to spoil much) settle the question of Rey’s parentage, and I thought it was a tad lame.