Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spoiler-Free Review: The Fan Service is Strong with This One

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Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Spoiler-Free Review: The Fan Service is Strong with This One


It’s finally here, the final installment of the Skywalker Saga.

Following the events of The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker definitely felt like it tried its best to answer as many questions as possible. Rian Johnson made it clear that his vision with the film was to steer away from catering to the fans’ wishes and make a story that’s full of surprises. That’s not the case with J.J. Abrams' movie though, it was the complete opposite because of all the cameos and references featured in the film. And since Episode IX aims to satisfy the fans, it makes sense for Abrams to include as much fanservice as he can.

The first part of the movie felt a bit fast-paced. You absolutely cannot waste even a fraction of a second with all the revelations made in the beginning. In fact, just minutes in, they dropped a huge bomb on the audience using just one line. That being said, the visuals in this film is truly amazing, and a real pleasure to watch. 

In addition, Kylo Ren and Rey’s dynamic really shone through, and the movie effectively showcased the differences and similarities between the two. Kylo has always been torn between the Light Side and the Dark Side, and I personally think that Adam Driver did a good job of translating his emotions on-screen. However, there is one scene between the two characters, which I think will be divisive among fans.

Kylo had a moment in this film that I truly enjoyed, and would have preferred to see more of. It’s unfortunate that we won’t get to see more of it again, since this is the final chapter after all.

There’s also a scene that really hit the feels, and I wouldn’t deny the fact that I got pretty emotional too. I think the whole theater felt that scene, and Abrams conveyed those emotions pretty well. Also, Rey was in this really powerful scene that got the audience (including me) really hyped.

And of course, it is known that Emperor Palpatine will somehow make his return in the film. In my opinion, there’s not much details told that actually explains how he is alive after his fall. However, his scenes were my favorite. He’s monstrous, powerful, and iconic, indeed.

Overall, I liked the film and it did feature really epic scenes. It felt like being in a rollercoaster of emotions, and it is true that there’s a lot to take in. As for satisfying the fans and answering questions, I don’t think Abrams completely hit the mark. 


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