For 43 years now, we’ve had a war among the stars grace our screens: from PCs, to consoles, to the big screen, to VHS, back to the big screen remastered, DVD, Blu-Ray, and that was before the Disney buyout. 2020 had us see the end of the third trilogy, with three more planned and frankly, I’m excited, nervous, and every other emotion known to the world. But, this is about The Rise of Skywalker, and it also marks a change of pace for The Insatiable Gamer and The Insatiable Filmer as we’re combining them into one website, because having them in two was kind of weird right? But enough of that, let’s get into the film.
Writing a review of a film like this is risky, because frankly not many journalists would even come close to the knowledge that fans of this crazy universe have. I’ve seen all the films, the animated series and read a few of the books/comics before Disney said “nah none of that bizness folks”, but I wouldn’t call myself an expert by any means – so if you have comments or opinions, just let me know in the comments below. Buuuuuuuut now into the review:
The Rise of Skywalker marks the ninth and final film in the Skywalker Saga, and in my opinion the only question that needs answering in this review is: did the final film capture what started it all back in 1977? After nine films set in the same universe, with some characters spanning multiple films, a feeling of familiarity is all but guaranteed. JJ Abrams doesn’t disappoint and while there were moments where it felt cheesy, and a little cliche, I was overall impressed with the cinematography, acting, special effects (extremely so with our girl Leia), and the general story. But, nothing is perfect, and so I want to tackle a few of the issues first before I beam over the successes.
Whilst in some places, the special effects were great, the Force Ghosts left much to be desired which really sucked, here was our closing of a saga spanning multiple generations and years, and all we got was some blue people rather than the Force Ghosts that I enjoyed in previous films. Sure it’s a minor nitpick, but hey, it’s Star Wars. My only other big complaint, is one for the fans. I waited years for my Jar-Jar unveiling, for the bumbling idiot to be unmasked as the darkness behind them all – and whilst what we got was incredible – it was predictable and easy – and frankly as fans we deserved better. I went with my nephew and my younger sister, both who have watched the films and whilst not fans – definitely enjoyed them. My nephew didn’t enjoy it as much, and I guess that comes from the younger generation relating more to the newer films and characters, than us older folks who grew up with Skywalker. To keep a series spanning as many years as this is incredible, and his response didn’t surprise me but it could have been a lot worse – but I wonder could there have been something more to relate to the fans that don’t remember the glory days.
Anyone that knows me, knows I love a good cry and it doesn’t matter the genre either. From Mamma Mia, to Men in Black, heck, I cried in Ferdinand the Bull. So when I cried in The Rise of Skywalker I wasn’t surprised, but I was happy; because nothing is better than a good ol cry. Closing a story like this can’t have been easy, and frankly I don’t know how they managed to pull it off, but they did and despite the moments of cheesiness, familiarity, and the “I’ve seen this before” I was stoked and at the end of the day, that’s what matters in a film. We saw stellar performances from the cast of the previous two instalments, with Leia making a special effects debut and Luke coming through freshly dipped in blue ink. I don’t need to highlight the actors, or their names, because that’s what google is for – all you need to know is they did really well. There were some great emotional wrap ups, as well as some truly glorious battle scenes in space, as well as on land. I don’t like spoilers, which you’ll know if you’ve read my other reviews so please forgive me for the vagueness.
Well folks we’re back at my original question: “did the final film capture what started it all back in 1977?” and for me, the answer is yes. Whilst I wasn’t lucky (unlucky maybe) enough to be alive back then, for me, this was a great closing to the saga. From the emotional wrap-ups, to the stunning battles, all the way to the twist – that we all knew was coming but wanted anyway – had me rapt from beginning to end. It’s done incredibly well at the Box Office and I’d encourage you to see it while you can on the big screen as such a film deserves.