As the saga comes to an end over a 42-year period, the Star Wars franchise has produced nine cinematic masterpieces. As the third movie of the sequel trilogy comes to a close, fans were very eager and optimistic about how director J.J. Abrams was going to bring the saga to an end. The Rise of Skywalker was a force full of surprises and emotions.
WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD. First, the movie brings back an old friend of ours, Emperor Palpatine himself, within the first ten minutes of the film. Surprise arises from all over. Abrams answers many questions that fans had wondered since the saga began in a New Hope. As it is the last movie, Abrams incorporated so many tributes and old favorites from past movies as well all throughout the movie. Some of these moments include bringing back the main man himself, Mark Hamill aka Luke Skywalker. Luke appears to Rey in force ghost form and then ends up recreating a very special scene from “The Empire Strikes Back”. Luke uses the force to lift up his old X-Wing fighter plane just like Master Yoda did for him as a young padawan. We also see the wreckage of the Death Star as Rey travels through the wreckage. We see memorable spots from past scenes of the Death Star. One of the most emotional and heartfelt moments of the movie was when all the famous Jedi’s of the past started speaking: Luke Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Yoda, Qui-Goun, Mace Windu, and, of course, Anakin Skywalker. This moment in the movie really ties in all the Star Wars Universe.
There are many more surprises and connections but overall I loved the movie. It was a great way to end the saga even though I wish a few things would have been added. But you can’t have a 5-hour movie. It was definitely a crazy 42-year ride that the “Galaxy far far away…” started for us back in the first movie to what we have now. I don’t think that this is the end of Star Wars; I think it’s the end of the Skywalker Saga for now.