Star Wars:The Rise of Skywalker

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Nolan Cowell, Staff Writer

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As many of you probably know, the long anticipated “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” film was released in late December. The film is the last of the most recent trilogy and capped off a series of 9 films labeled “The Skywalker Saga” , which began in 1977. SPOILERS AHEAD!

The film begins with a scene of Kylo Ren traveling to a hidden sith planet where it is revealed that Emperor Palpatine, who was assumed dead in Episode 6, is in fact alive. His face is scarcely shown, but it is clear that he is in worse condition than his last appearance. The film then jumps to our heroes, Rey, Finn, Chewbacca, R2D2, BB8, and Poe. Rey and Kylo Ren can feel a connection to each other through the force, which is a prevalent piece of this film. Throughout the movie, Rey and Kylo Ren meet up many times, and each time, Kylo Ren is hesitant to harm Rey because he knows her power in the force. He tries to convince her to come to the dark side of the force, while Rey convinces Kylo Ren to leave the Sith and join the Jedi. Kylo Ren eventually captures the gang of heroes with the assistance of his troops and bring them upon the Star Destroyer ship. They escape the ship with the help of General Hux, who reveals he is a spy. After they are off the Star Destroyer, they continue their quest for this Sith Wayfinder, so Rey can find her way to Palpatine and end The First Order for good. Once they find the Wayfinder on the planet of Kef Bir, where Kylo Ren is waiting for her. They have a lightsaber battle on the ruins of the old death star and Rey eventually escapes with the Wayfinder. Kylo Ren stays on the death star a bit longer where he comes in contact with a vision of his late father, Han Solo, who was killed by none other than Kylo Ren. His father inspires Kylo Ren to throw his Sith lightsaber into the sea and continue as a Jedi. Kylo Ren and Rey then both travel separately back to Palpatine for the final battle between the First Order and The Rebels.  It is revealed in one of the final scenes that Palpatine possesses the power of every Sith that ever lived. On the contrary, Rey possesses the power of every Jedi that ever lived. It is revealed to Rey that Palpatine is actually her grandfather almost immediately before she kills him. But not before Palpatine can land a final blow on Kylo Ren, his once-mighty apprentice. The film ends with Rey at Luke Skywalker’s old home on Tatooine, where she tells a citizen that her name is “Rey Skywalker”. 

Personally, I enjoyed the movie and felt it had a lot of nostalgia that Star Wars fans were craving after the failure of Star Wars Episode 8. The special effects insanely good, and the plot had a great blend of story and action. The only thing I would change about the film would be keeping Kylo Ren alive. Although the plans for future Star Wars episodes are unclear, I know fans will be anxious for more after this excellent film.