It’s the end of a 42 year long saga that began on 25th May 1977 in 32 theaters across North America and ends this week as The Rise of Skywalker hits screens across the planet. We’ve been there for the whole ride, and as the Skywalker Saga comes to a close – for now – here’s what the Fantha Tracks team makes of Episode IX.

Beware of potential spoilers if you’re reading this before you see the film.

Mark Mulcaster

I was totally blown away.

The film started at a breakneck speed and didn’t really slow down.

The locations are more varied than other episodes and the film covers a lot of territory.

Story wise there is a lot packed into this episode.

The Rise of Skywalker brings J.J Abrams back to the directing throne. The tone and feel is similar to The Force Awakens, with some lovely character moments between our big 3 Rebels.

I loved how they built on some concepts from The Last Jedi like the “Force time”, solidifying Leia’s legacy as a Jedi and there are some bold expansions on Force powers for both Rey and Kylo, showing how strong they really are.

The editing was a frantic pace at times, that ramped up the pacing to a level not seen in any other Star Wars and the ending was slightly predictable but to be honest no more than Return of the Jedi when you think about.

Harrison Ford’s cameo was a nice touch, especially how the scene mirrored the final confrontation in The Force Awakens.

My only grumble (on 3rd viewing) is the new castings didn’t add anything (Dominic Monaghan’s character in particular and Klaud for example) those lines could have easily gone to Nien Nunb and Konnix.

Anthony Daniel’s gave a stand out performance along with the emotionally exhaustive Daisy Ridley, and it was a nice touch that Threepio’s final line was the same as his first line in A New Hope.

My regret – even as a The Last Jedi fan – is that if this trilogy had a bit more planning from get go, then I think we could have been in for a real treat. That being said, this is a film that requires multiple watches and is a solid end to the saga which left me both emotionally drained and very satisfied.

Mark Newbold

Where do you start with a review of a film that not only ends a trilogy but also a 9 film epic cycle that began over 40 years ago? The only way I can think to tackle it is from the gut, where the film punched me with Tyson-like ferocity, as well as playing with my emotions, subverting my expectations in the best way and bringing home something that, after family and friends, means the most to me.

On first viewing, the film is a triumph. Action-packed like never before, a fidget of a film that needs to keep moving in case the momentum slows down (no one’s waiting around for anyone to run out of fuel in this film), it hurls us from planet to planet in a way not seen since the Order 66 scenes of Revenge of the Sith 14 years ago as an old evil rises after the est opening crawl in a long time –  no taxation of trade routes to be found here as our heroes and villains are challenged to face it. Kylo sees the return of an ancient by never more vile Palpatine as an evil to be extinguished (kill the past), and Rey? She has her own struggles as she trains under the tutelage of Leia, who’s own Force abilities are significant, more than we perhaps ever realised.

As we know, footage of Carrie Fisher from The Force Awakens is used in the film, and its inclusion and place in the story is magnificently achieved. The film rightly places Carrie Fisher’s name at the top of the credits, but this is Rey and Kylo’s film, while Leia is a presence all through. Indeed, even more than The Force Awakens, The Rise of Skywalker feels like a sequel to Return of the Jedi, bringing back old friends,enemies and locations. Even John Williams gives heavy nods to his own luscious Jedi score.

However, it’s not all about the distant past. For those expecting a complete turn away from The Last Jedi, disappointment lies ahead. Many of the main elements of The Last Jedi are absolutely key to the events of Rise, from the ‘Force skype’ to the ability to connect over vast galactic distances. Abrams has wisely cherry-picked the best elements of episode 8 and folded them neatly into 9, turning up the turbo on the pacing and, as he did with The Force Awakens, giving us some delicious chemistry between our lead characters. Adam Driver steals the show as he has with every entry in the sequel trilogy, but our current big three of Ridley, Boyega and Isaac are a group of people we have to hope are seen together again in the future.

Rise does the near-impossible, bringing together almost all of the plot threads from the previous two films (Rey’s parentage is explained, we learn that Poe and Han were more alike than we believed) and resolving what we thought we’d wrapped up in 1983 – a galaxy, more resilient and united than even the Resistance believed after the crushing heel of the First Order romped through the stars, defeating the enemy before they could do what a thousand Death Stars never could – and finally bringing peace and justice to the Republic.

Anthony Daniels was right, he has his best turn as Threepio since Return of the Jedi, absolutely at the heart of the film while Joonas Suotamo has our hearts in our mouths and our eyes brimming with tears as Chewbacca. There are plenty of new characters to meet. The slug-like Klaud is briefly seen but most welcome, D-0 was unexpectedly enjoyable but the stand-out new character is Babu Frik voiced by Shirley Henderson who was an absolute joy every time he was on the screen. Zorii Bliss (Keri Russell) and Poe shared a unique and enjoyable chemistry, and the cameos. So many cameos, one in particular which carried tremendous weight. To name them all would be to spoil some of the most enjoyable elements of the film, but stay for the credits (as we all should) and be prepared to see a lot of familiar names listed. A LOT.

ILM excel as always, as does the creature shop (this time round, Maz Kanata is a puppet, not a CGI creation and it’s impossible to tell) and John Williams rounds off his magnum opus with aplomb. Again, stay for the credits to give the maestro the tip of the hat his work deserves, as it’s the final time we’ll be hearing original Star Wars music from him.

The Last Jedi ended with a young boy connecting with the Force, a hint at that power not being exclusive to a particular lineage. Rise doesn’t expand upon that, but if we ever go forward in the timeline (the near future appears to be heading backwards to the mid Revenge of the Sith – A New Hope era and perhaps even further back to the earliest days of the Republic), maybe 30 years or so when John and Daisy are in their late 50’s and the galaxy is a different place, then they can be the teachers that Kenobi and Luke never managed to be, guiding a new era of Jedi into a brave new future. I probably won’t be around to see it, but those young kids on Canto Bight and others across the galaxy will be.

For now, as the Skywalker Saga ends, The Rise of Skywalker is more than enough to give the answers to questions long asked, and if there’s any justice it will make an obscene amount of money, win a crazy amount of awards and unite a fractured fandom, just like Rey, Finn, Poe and friends finally united a fractured galaxy.

Becca Benjamin

I just finished my 2nd viewing of The Rise of Skywalker and overall, I am pleased with the results. No, it is not perfect and it has its flaws, but that has been the case since The Empire Strikes BackA New Hope will always be my “Go-To” Star Wars Film.

  1. IMO, TROS has the best crawl of all the films. The first 3 words: “The Dead Speak!” had me screaming (inside my head) with sheer delight.
  2. The opening sequence with Kylo Ren finding his way to Palpatine on Exogol was visually breathtaking! Creepy, but enchanting at the same time.
  3. The journey for Rey’s self discovery and coming to terms with who she is took a complete 180 with her relation to the Emperor. If we thought Luke grappling with his father being Darth Vader, the henchman of the Empire was heavy, well, being the granddaughter to the greatest evil that has crippled a galaxy for many generations surpassed that tenfold. Still, I would’ve liked to have seen Rey deal with the aftermath of this knowledge throughout the trilogy rather than just one movie of it.
  4. The dialogue and character chemistry and flow of the film’s pacing was incredible! Loved Rey, Poe, and Finn together with 3PO tagging along. I laughed, cried, squealed, and yelled throughout the entire 2 hours and 22 minutes.
  5. Leia wielded a LIGHTSABER!! Leia passed the mantle (handed over the Skywalker saber) onto Rey! Rey called Leia “Master!”
  6. Force bonds: between Leia and Ben moved me, unexpectedly, to tears. Knowing that her spirit waited for Ben’s to pass in order to cross him over into the light is heartbreaking and beautiful. Rey and Ben’s is a confusing one, if you take the unnerving fact that it originated between her and Kylo then it’s a bit hard to swallow. In other words, it has issues. Still, from my POV, the Palpatine and Skywalker bloodlines are related if you take the comic series by Charles Soule as fact. Meaning, they are all one in the same family. A dysfunctional one, but family.
  7. Loved the ending and I cried when Rey slid down the sand like she had done a Jakku. I also found the lightsaber burial fitting even though some will say Leia has no connection to Tatooine, but she does. Shmi. Now, the twins, plus their father are at rest with their grandmother.
  8. The score was incredible! John Williams is a musical genius and I’m thrilled he was able to see the saga through in its entirety.

Daniel Lo

“We are back on track!” Those were my thoughts just minutes into the film when a lightsaber swing took off a limb. It’s been quite a few Star Wars films since that’s happened! Overall, The Rise of Skywalker was filled to the brim with memorable scenes, great dialogue, interesting characters, and no shortage of cameos. Maybe a little too much of the above for it all to gracefully fit into one film, which at times did feel a bit like drinking out of a fire hydrant. Perhaps most importantly, it all felt like Star Wars.

With the film being so densely packed, I’m sure I’m forgetting something but here are a few highlights out of many that come to mind: Palpatine reprising an iconic line, finally seeing Kylo fighting with his helmet on, C-3PO’s humor, a First Order transporter getting zapped out of the sky, full contact force bonding, Rey vs Dark Rey, operational Imperial class star destroyers, Luke and Leia’s training scene, Red Five being lifted out of the water yet again (oh hey can an X-Wing quality as a Skywalker?), Wedge in the gunner seat, and Kylo vs his knights.

All that is not to say the movie was perfect, of course. Far from it. The Empire Strikes Back set the bar way too high. If someone goes into the film looking for reasons to dislike it, they will surely find them. But why ruin the fun? After all, when Luke inquired about the contents of the cave, Yoda answered “Only what you take with you.”

As a bit of a drawn out side note, I also couldn’t help but notice a few parallels between The Rise of Skywalker and Revenge of the Sith. Both have opening crawls starting with an exclamation, then dive straight into intense fight sequences without much warning or buildup, contain noticeable attempts to address areas of weakness in the previous installment(s), are fast paced, and chock full of fan service (in a good way). Some of the humorous exchanges between the two films also have a similar energy about them.

It just occurred to me that after two viewings I still have not pinpointed where the Wilhelm scream is. That is embarrassing, but now I also have a totally legitimate excuse to watch it a third time very soon. Last but not least: Can we all agree that when it comes to Star Wars actors, Ian McDiarmid is the real MVP?

Sander de Lange

I am sorry to say that the Sequels never were among my favorite movies within the Star Wars saga, and thus I quite dreaded the release of Episode IX. While everybody was excited by the cackle of Palpatine at the end of that teaser trailer, I started to worry. Will they undo the redemption of Anakin and his status as the Chosen One, with Rey replacing him as the one destined to bring balance to the Force?

Taking from the script from Avengers: End Game, we had a scene near the end of the movie that featured a lot of cameos helping the main hero out to defeat the big bad. Only here it was Rey hearing the voices of the Jedi from the past to defeat Palpatine, and not Captain America getting aid to defeat Thanos. In a movie that was very flawed and felt rushed, even this scene felt like it could have been better. I would prefer to have seen them all appear as Force Ghosts, and give us a live-action Ahsoka and Kanan at long last, but unfortunately that never happened. At least Hayden Christensen as Anakin told us that he had brought balance and thus confirmed he was still the one and only true Chosen One. Still, if you do not care much for Rey, like I do, then most of this movie is at best giving you a feeling of indifference.

The only other scene that had me emotional and choked up was Chewbacca returning to the jungle planet and hearing the news of Leia becoming one with the Force. His cries and hollering went straight to my heart and I felt the loss with him. Still, in my humble opinion I think J.J. Abrams (who says he is a fan but he doesn’t show that he understands what makes Star Wars, Star Wars) once again made a mistake with this scene that could have become a classic, by having everything appear in a wide shot. It would have felt even more emotional if we could have seen the pain in Chewie’s big blue eyes. If they can make a Porg look sad and cry on camera, they should have done so with the Wookiee hero we all love.

Another painful mistake was the pandering to those toxic people (who never deserve to be called fans) who showed their dislike about everything from The Last Jedi. This really robs us from seeing more of Rose, and gives Kelly Marie Tran absolutely nothing to do, which is insulting to her and her character. At least she got her warm welcome by fans during Celebration, because she did not get any love or appreciation from this script and the people behind the scenes who made this poor decision.

The rest of the movie is to me like anything of the Sequels: it tries to tick off as many boxes off in what makes a movie a Star Wars movie, but fails in the end to provide a fully satisfying story and experience. It is my belief that this comes the people who have worked on it. Without someone like George Lucas guiding it, the movies feel flat and lacking of something special. A good example to see what I mean with that is if you take a look at Episodes 5 and 6: they were directed by other people, but Lucas was still there to guide them. The Sequels ignored Lucas and it shows in a lack of quality. On the other hand in this Disney era we have projects like Rogue One, Solo and The Mandalorian that stand out as good quality stories, and why is that? They are all done by people who knew Lucas personally and worked with him: Ron Howard, Lawrence Kasdan (yes he wrote The Force Awakens script also, but Bob Iger of Disney wanted a more nostalgic clone of A New Hope), John Knoll and of course Dave Filoni, who has been Lucas’ padawan ever since The Clone Wars. Thus, it’s not surprising that Lucas was welcomed on the sets of these productions, to make his suggestions and been listened to. The fact that they listened and have learned, is what makes their productions stand out, and is what the Sequels were lacking. The Sequels were from the beginning to end, a flawed product without firm guidance and too little highlights.

Paul Naylor

Star Wars means something to me. It’s more than a series of movies, it’s been present with me since I was seven years old, and I am as passionate today about that galaxy far, far away as I was in the late 1970s.

The thing is, we each have our own idea as to where the narrative should go next. The galaxy doesn’t belong to George Lucas anymore and each subsequent – and returning – writer/director has their own take on what Star Wars is.

The end of the sequel trilogy, for me, has been like tearing off a band-aid. You know it’s gotta happen, you dread it, but when it’s done you can relax.

I love The Force Awakens. It’s in my top 5 Star Wars films. All of the new characters worked well in a familiar galaxy alongside established heroes and the episode did what it needed to do – a soft reboot of the saga for a new generation while appeasing older fans.

On the flipside, I hate, HATE The Last Jedi. A bunch of bad ideas committed to film in a smug, subversive mess that has – thankfully – been mostly trashed in the final of the nine movie Skywalker saga.

I went into The Rise of Skywalker just hours after being on the blue carpet at the European premiere in London with fellow Fanthas. I really like it, but do I love it? Not yet.

However, I will be seeing it at the cinema a few more times in the weeks to come. It does improve on repeat viewings for me. I still maintain there is too much going in for one film and that the content in this would have easily made a ninth and tenth film.

Niggles for me are really missed opportunities.

  • Did R2 do anything in this movie?
  • Why bring back Denis Lawson as Wedge and use him in such a tiny throwaway scene?
  • Why bring back Wicket for the same?

Fan service is all well and good, but at least make it meaningful.

Had this been two movies, we could have further explored Lando, Wedge, Wicket, Palpatine’s return and so much more.

On the plus side, it’s great fun. A thrilling ride from beginning to end, with just the right level of emotional resonance.

For me, Han Solo’s appearance in a vision to Kylo/Ben is almost Shakespearean. A near exact same exchange of words from the scene in The Force Awakens, but this time with a far more positive outcome. Beautifully played.

At the end of it all, mine was more a sense of relief. Relief that I came away from the cinema happy – unlike when the credits rolled on Episode 8.

For now, The Mandalorian, Cassian Andor and Kenobi projects will continue the legacy of that little sci-fi B-movie from 1977. That’s all on the small screen.

Where we go next in movie theatres will be revealed in time. For now though, thank you for my childhood Han, Luke, Leia, Chewie, Lando, C-3PO, R2-D2, Obi Wan, Vader and more. The Force will be with me always – as will you all.

Matt Booker

Very well rounded film. They crammed so much in there, on first watch it was a little overwhelming, so much to take in, so much to love. It has the best dialogue of this era and a stand-out performance from Anthony Daniels who had some of the best lines in the film. The humour throughout was so right ,and so Star Wars, which really missed the mark for me in The Last Jedi.

Lots of great action and cameos that rounded it out nicely. I wanna see a 6 hour cut of this film, there’s so much more I wanna know. Tuck a tissue in your sleeve as this one hits you hard in the feels in so many great ways.

Greig Robertson

Two viewings down and I have to say I love this movie. This feels like the most Original Trilogy movie out of all the Disney era films. Anthony Daniels and Billy Dee nailed their performances and were instrumental to the film.

To be honest, my favourite of the sequel trilogy remains The Last Jedi; Rian Johnson is my new Elvis. HOT DANG!

Chris Daly

Little did I know, as a wee lad in short pants, that the most prescient line in the entire Star Wars tri-trilogy that would sum up the final effort, The Rise of Skywalker, so succinctly would be spoken by Luke Skywalker less than halfway through the original movie: “What a piece of junk!”

Much has been made of the Disney Trilogy having “destroyed childhoods” and other such maclunkey for daring to instill a bit of color and gender balance into a series, but quite frankly, I’m not one of those nerf herders. If director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm head Kathleen Kennedy should be applauded for anything during their uninspiring turn at the helm, it should be for attempting to open up the franchise to more people from different backgrounds (even if the ultimate motivation was to take more money from more people from different backgrounds). The problem with TROS is that it simply is a bad movie.

Full stop. Like just above “The Phantom Menace without the Duel of the Fates Lightsaber Fight” bad. There is no plot as such. The movie begins mid-climax and doesn’t slow down from there. There is nothing resembling character development, and it’s quite possible we’re seeing character regression, if that’s even a thing. There is no emotional catharsis at any point, whether it’s the death of a favored character or the presumed final demise of Sithdom (until the next movie, natch). Things happen, but there’s never time to learn, yet alone care, why.

The script reads very much like your first stab at fanfic in the fifth grade. Yes, there are Easter Eggs aplenty, but they carry no emotional resonance. Everything seems insultingly perfunctory, from the Return of the Jedi story beats to the big battle at the end that must one up the planet destroying capabilities of the previous flick.

Perhaps not so surprisingly, TROS answers very few of the questions viewers might assume a franchise-concluding movie should. Yes, some of the larger issues are quickly and sloppily covered (Rey’s lineage, the Kylo/Rey relationship, etc.), but Abrams being Abrams, the man apparently cannot help but to open more cans of worms than he successfully seals. More confusing still, he drops far too many new openings out of the blue that do nothing but further confuse and bog down “the story,” such as it is.

The only true semi-spoiler I’d like to address is the inclusion of Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. For those not up-to-speed, Abrams had leftover footage of Fisher from the previous movies that he repurposed to allow her character to finish her hastily rewritten arc upon her untimely, real life death. While the thought is admirable, the footage is heavily stilted. She looks clearly cut and pasted, and it’s obvious when shots were taken in different light (Leia’s face is bright when everyone else’s are shadowed in a dark cave, for example). What’s worse, the reverse engineered dialogue is horrible, creating opportunities for Leia to say “yes” or offer vague aphorisms simply because they have the technology.

Any points earned for creativity are completely negated by execution. After a scant 40 and a half years, I have come to the realization that each trilogy is made for a different generation, and I’m fine with that. My eight year old son, who finally has been drawn into the Star Wars universe via The Mandalorian and “Fallen Order,” seemed genuinely dismayed that this might be the last time he sees Finn on the big screen. In a decade or two, he might be the one with the Star Wars tats writing movie reviews for the latest Holocast, and I genuinely hope he maintains the same passion for the series as I have. My problem isn’t with this not being “My Star Wars,” my issue is that The Rise of Skywalker is poorly executed on every level. While I should have left the theater feeling triumphantly overjoyed at the victory of the heroes I’ve followed almost since birth, I could not help but feel that now, more than ever, it is a dark time for fans of the Rebellion.

Johanna Nybelius

Wedge Antilles, Wedge Antilles, Wedge Antilles!

Seriously, seeing Denis Lawson’s cameo made the whole film for me, and it was the one moment when I simply shouted high enough that people in the seats around me definitely realised they had a Wedge fangirl close by. As for the rest of the film….I am not a fan of the sequels. so my expectations were not high. I still have a big problem with a lot of things, such as Palpatine coming back. I also have never connected with Rey’s character, and nothing in the film changed that for me. If I pick the film apart I can find a lot of scraps that I really do like. Poe is great, even if he’s not as good as a pilot as Wedge of course, and the banter between the main characters is charming. It’s just that I don’t get any sense that they have really experienced a lot of things together and are ready to risk it all for each other.

Adam Driver as Kylo Ren is incredible. And I was so happy that I was totally unspoiled when it comes to his turn. I did expect him to turn back to the light, but I never expected to see Han again. I have a slight suspicion though that it should have been a scene between Kylo and Leia, but it is still the best scene of the film. And speaking of Leia, I think they did ok with her story arc. They did what they could with what limited material they have, and it wasn’t bad, it’s just the feeling that if Carrie hadn’t passed away it would have been so much more.

Overall The Rise of Skywalker suffers from the same problem that I have had with all the sequels; they lack a vision and coherent storyline that carry over all three films. The whole trilogy survive on short good moments strung loosely together. Still there are a lot of very good moments, and there are moments that wants me to explore their backstory more, especially Poe’s adventures. And of course I need to know what Wedge’s been up to until now and where Lando picked him up.

I rank The Rise of Skywalker as worse than The Last Jedi, but still a lot better than The Force Awakens, and to me they are not even close to the original films and the prequels.

Matt Shope

The story and action open with the pulse of a double-bass drum. It comes from everywhere and leaves you a bit out-of-breath. It’s almost like jumping into cold river: there are those few moments of shock, adjustment, and then relaxation as you flow with the current. I was so absorbed in the film that it made it for the shortest two hours and twenty-two minutes I ever experienced.

The film nourishes a lot of the characters that seemed to have found themselves on the wayside. Finn is perhaps the biggest example. His self-confidence had been a bit precarious in the previous two films, but he has matured in The Rise of Skywalker and overflowing with self-assurance. He continues to be the game-changer in dire situations. The story illustrates his unbreakable bond to Rey and reinforces two of the most common themes in Star Wars: friendship and perseverance.

Poe Dameron is fleshed out as well. The film develops his background which had certainly been lacking in the first two films. We knew where Rey and Finn came from but all we knew of Poe is that he had been with the Resistance for some time but very little else. Not only is Poe given substance, but we witness him further accelerate into the realms of heroism.
Kylo Ren/Ben Solo may not have been lacking in character development but in Rise of Skywalker his character absolutely flourishes. Driven by the brilliant acting of Adam Driver, the audience feels his conflicted heart and mind and begins to sympathize with him as he evolves from villain to anti-hero. Some may have seen or always known that his character would be reclaimed but I viewed him as unredeemable, mainly on a personal level. Afterall, he killed my favorite character. Fortunately, I had no influence on the script. If redemption wasn’t on Ben Solo’s journey, the film would not have been achieved any of the accolades that I can cast.

The biggest takeaway from The Rise of Skywalker is the brilliance in Emperor Palpatine/Darth Sidious’s role as the ultimate antagonist through all the films. His hidden hand is there motivating all the circumstances whether it is blatant or discreetly indirect in Solo: A Star Wars Story. His glowing yellow eyes are always in the background.

It was an amazing journey as all the strands cast throughout the Star Wars universe are drawn together to finish the grand tapestry that started over forty years ago. In my reflection on the film, I couldn’t help feeling extremely grateful for George Lucas creating this magical world. My excitement hasn’t diminished for the film and I can’t wait to see it again later tonight….

Patty Hammond

I just saw The Rise of Skywalker and I am still processing what I saw. First I was very right to be worried about Rey! There was so much that happened to her during this film that I was sure that she would not survive her encounter with the most evil being in the Universe! I am very satisfied with how her journey ended.

Second was Finn, he grew even more throughout the film. He went from not sure of his place in things to being very sure of his place! So happy to see a very satisfied girl conclusion to his arc.

Third is Poe, I am not sure if I am quite satisfied with his arc as much as I am with Finn’s.

Finally, Leia! I so wish Carrie Fisher survived to make this film because I believe it would have been a much different film if she had a bigger presence. However, I am very satisfied with how they added her to the film. The craftsmanship to get her added to these new scenes was both heartbreaking and interesting. I cried at least a few times when she was on screen!

Clair Henry

The question I have to ask myself is this …. Was it worth the 42 year wait?

There were unanswered questions at the end of Return of the Jedi that I needed answered in this new trilogy, and because of the disjointedness of the latest trilogy The Rise Of Skywalker had to answer them. To some extent it did its job:

  1. Does Leia have a lightsaber? Yes
  2. Is she a Jedi master? Yes
  3. Is that the Emperor really dead in Return of the Jedi? No
  4. Do Han and Leia live happily ever after? No but they do have a kid in the process.
  5. Does Luke find love? Unanswered
  6. Is the Galaxy in a better place after the Battle Of Endor? Hmmmm, not so sure!

As an ending to the two trilogies before them, this trilogy has been fun, exciting and well Star Wars, and honestly that’s all I can ask for!

I laughed, I cried and shouted in disbelief, that feeling of watching a Star Wars film for the first time is the best feeling ever and one I hope will continue, but for now it won’t be with a Skywalker.

Richard Hutchinson

One viewing and I’m not sure. It was an enjoyable moving don’t get me wrong but was it strong enough to wrap up the entire saga? There were too many plot holes which had an unbelievable fix for me – all those ships controlled from a transmissions tower, all the heroes survived against impossible odds on several locations are just two.

I also have no idea why there was a big thing made of what Finn wanted to say to Rey.

Ultimately, after having their life forces completely drained, the Emperor was no match again.

There were some very good moments in this movie – C-3PO and Lando were very strong and carried all of their scenes, but there was a lot of questionable stuff too. I think it would have been stronger as a movie, and more emotionally if some characters had not survived.

We also have another pointless character in Jannah. Couldn’t that part have been played by Rose?

Megan Cullinan

The Rise of Skywalker was both joyous and heartbreaking for me. Joyous because we were able to see Carrie Fisher as Leia one last time but heartbreaking for the same reason. Chewie’s reaction to her death was the most emotional moment and I was not prepared for that, but I felt like it was handled with so much love and care.

I felt satisfied with most of what transpired. A few things made me scratch my head in confusion and some moments I just didn’t care for, but there was so much more that I enjoyed:

Leia training Rey, Rey finding hope and family, Poe finding his footing as a leader, Finn finding himself…. and the new and old characters finding each other!

That’s what Star Wars is all about!

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