Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Movie Review (Spoiler Free)

Unless you’ve been living under rock for the last 42 years, you know that this week the final chapter of the Star Wars saga is being released.  I’ve seen every single movie in theaters and honored to see the last several as a media guest.  So, I can’t wait to share my thoughts on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the final chapter with y’all…the good and the bad. But always spoiler free!

How do I explain my thoughts without giving anything away, there is so much I want to talk about. First, here’s a quick summary of what happens….

The surviving Resistance faces the First Order once more as Rey, Finn and Poe Dameron’s journey continues. With the power and knowledge of generations behind them, the final battle commences.

There is a lot of fighting, it is the final battle after all.  Of course, there are battles between good versus evil and battles between Jedi and the Dark Side.  And there are also internal personal battles of good and evil are a big part of this movie too.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is everything you hope it will be!

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is everything you hope it will be and nothing you expect it to be.  It answers all your questions and leaves you knowing how everything ends.   You will see characters from the past and you’ll be introduced to new characters you will love. One might even rival “baby Yoda” (from The Mandalorian).

What I didn’t like is that there is so much jumping around and back and forth, that it’s almost confusing for the first 1/3 of the movie. It feels like they’ve traded in storyline for action and attention grabbing tactics in the movie, but eventually you’ll figure it out and what’s going on.

The one thing I’ve been asked more than anything else about this movie is the addition of a gay character and exactly what is in the movie in regards to that.  Without any spoilers…there is scene after a large battle where everyone comes together and hugs and kisses each other.  There is one quick spot (maybe 2 seconds) where two ladies kiss.  Just a peck.  There is no story line that goes along with this..just a quick passing glance of these two women.

So should you take your kids.  If they’ve seen the other movies in the Star Wars series, then this one really isn’t much different in terms of violence and language (just a couple curse words).  There some deaths of favorite characters, so be prepared for some tears.  As always, you know your kids best and if you are concerned about anything, it’s wise to see it first.

Will I take my kids (10 & 15)….absolutely!

I’m sad it’s over, this series as been going since I was about 3 years old and it’s something I’ve grown up with. I’ll be going to see it again in theaters and then of course we will buy it on DVD.

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens nationwide Friday (12/20/19).

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Rated PG-13, Run Time 140 minutes, #TheRiseOfSkywalker

Stinger During/After the Credits: No

Disclaimer: I attended a media screening of this movie.