Despite Its Flaws, “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” Is A Fitting Farewell To The Grand Journey Of 42 Years

Ready to visit the “galaxy far, far away”?

One of the major feeling you will get while watching “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” is that the film, its characters, and every plot-twist is just a fan-fiction-like tribute to the first films that hooked us to this intergalactic war adventure in the first. And applying this formula in a film which serves as a grand closure to a journey of 42 years both paid-off and backfired.

Don’t get us wrong, “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” is, in many ways, the closure every fan of the franchise wished for. But often there are moments where one feels that it could have been better if director JJ Abrams had given more attention to the story and less to cashing-in on the nostalgia factor or investing in way too many shocking revelations. At times, “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” feels more like an adventure ride and less about the years of journey millions of fans had borne witness to.

But again, if this hadn’t been the last film in the franchise, it would have been easier to digest the discrepancies, let the over-the-top treatment slide, hell it would be one of the epic Star Wars films and it somewhat is. After all, tying up a story which began in 1977 and spread across 42 years, spanning eight films, not to mention the constant fluctuations in the timeline- it isn’t any small feat. 

When new characters were introduced in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” they felt strange, rather cut-off from the original film and yet, here we are, bidding farewell to them as they successfully evolved and expanded in their well-defined story arcs. 

“Star Wars: The Rise Of The Skywalker” opens in a galaxy far, far away (like always), where Rey (Daisy Ridley) continuing her mission to find out more about her childhood and parentage. She is training now under Leia (Carry Fisher) but while her confidence in her powers has increased exponentially but resisting the pull of the Dark Side is a whole different story. She is still linked to Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and no matter where they are in the entire galaxy, they are drawn to fight each other and Emperor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) is en route to planet Exogol, which is the lair for the Sith.

Sharing any more plot details here about the film would nothing less than committing the highest sin so let’s come back to what brings back the ‘awesomeness’ of “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” down by several notches. The franchise has always been known for its complex story elements and over-arching plot lines, but this time, it feels as if in his attempt to please the crowds JJ Abrams was more concerned about sensationalizing the story plot and setting it against a magnificent set design. And bravo to him for he managed to do both but at the cost of that integral human connection that makes the franchise so memorable.

Apparently, Abrams relied too much on the nostalgia factor as majority of the film continued to reference and link back to the original trilogy. Older characters were reintroduced like Carrie Fisher’s Leia- the actress in question sadly passed away before the shooting of “Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker” could commence and hence a digitized version of her character was inducted into the film. 

But as we mentioned, Abrams’ tricks also worked many times- fans will really dig the appearance of epic characters like Chewbacca and Lando Calrissian as well as the droids C3PO, R2D2, and BB-8, 

When JJ Abrams had first taken over the reins of the sequels trilogy with Star Wars- The Force Awakens, from the maker of the original legend, George Lucas, he was criticized for playing it too safe. While Abrams’ final instalment also tends to stick to the safe side here, could we have had a more fitting farewell to this amazing journey we have had? Probably, but this will do just fine. 

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