“The Rise of Skywalker”: it wasn’t THAT bad

Mishal Charania , Online Editor-in-chief

Star Wars has been a beloved series since the very beginning with “A New Hope”, but as the last Star Wars movie comes out, it seems as if no one likes it and I can’t seem to understand why! I personally thought it was amazing and while there were a couple of things that didn’t really make sense, I don’t think it’s garbage! 

Overall, I thought that the pros outweigh the cons. While I’m not a Star Wars fanatic, I have seen all of the movies, most of them multiple times. I’ve seen many of them in theatres. J.J. Abrams, the director of “The Rise of Skywalker”, portrayed the main characters amazingly. It was so obvious how Poe, Finn and Rey parallel the original three; Luke, Leia, and Han not only in their actions but also in their interactions with each other. There were also appearances from original characters which made the movie even better. C-3PO and R2-D2 both had their time to shine, and I feel that their roles were better highlighted than in most of the other movies.

Not only did the characters develop and bond with each other, the filmography that went along with it as well as the arrangement of music tied everything together. I recommend to everyone, even if you have never seen any other Star Wars movies, to go see this movie in theatres. The movie is centered around the return of Emperor Palpatine, a villian from the earlier movies. While I think that making the plot about the return of Palpatine feels like a last-minute decision, the way that it was executed was excellent and it makes it easier for people who don’t know anything about Star Wars to enjoy the movie. 

While there were a lot of amazing things about “The Rise of Skywalker” there were a couple of negatives. This includes the return of Palpatine, as well as the way that Rey acted in challenging situations. Throughout the movie, Rey would often go off by herself because she had a ‘feeling’ which resulted in creating another problem for the team or endanger herself. She also wouldn’t tell anyone about the things that she was doing, she would just leave rather than work with the team. I understand that Rey was one of the main protagonists but it still didn’t make sense for her to go by herself rather than with everyone else. The characters were also handed a lot of things that made everything easier. There was a scene where the characters were in some quicksand and when they got out of it, they found what they were looking for. I just felt that events like that made things way easier for the characters. 

Abrams added a couple of new side characters to the movie which also made me a little bit confused. It felt weird that there were these new characters who added to their success but it also left a lot of things unanswered for those characters that I had grown to love over the course of the movie. The last thing that I really didn’t like was that there were a couple of moments that felt very un-Star Wars. A couple of the things that happened felt a lot more magical in a sense, and reminded me of Harry Potter rather than Star Wars. These moments didn’t occur very often but when they did is was obvious. 

I get where people are coming with their hate but I firmly believe that it was still amazing and a great end to the series. Everyone NEEDS to go see “The Rise of Skywalker” in theatres, you won’t regret it.