Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Disney concludes one of the most popular stories in cinema with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker (J. J. Abrams, 2019), the last film in the story of the Skywalkers and the end of an era in the Star Wars universe.
Also known as Star Wars: Episode IX, The Rise of Skywalker continues the story of Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega) and Poe (Oscar Isaac) in their fight to free the galaxy from the tyranny of the First Order. Now, Rey must hone her skills as a Jedi to defeat the evil Emperor Palpatine, who has returned from the dead to regain control of the galaxy.
Despite being one of the most anticipated titles of the decade, The Rise of Skywalker turned out to be a divisive film. Both fans and critics point out many negative points in the film, among which are a rushed pace, dialogues based heavily on exposition and a script that is inconsequential with previous films. The characters of this new trilogy are interesting, but the confusing plot in which they operate does not leave them much space to develop. In spite of that, it is an entertaining movie with great visual impact.
Although Disney and Lucasfilm‘s plans were for each film in the new Star Wars trilogy to be directed by three different directors, J. J. Abrams, director of Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), returned to direct the final installment. Abrams confirmed that he was late included in the project, which could have negatively affected the final quality of the film, as well as the lack of planning and haste with which Lucasfilm developed the franchise over the past five years.
The Rise of Skywalker is the conclusion of Star Wars as we know it, but it will not be the last entry in the space saga. Lucasfilm will take a break from movie theaters while exploring the galaxy through titles like The Mandalorian and the new Obi-Wan Kenobi based series.