The Rise of Skywalker (2019)
The time has come.
This will be a different kind of review. I won’t be able to write about specific point in the film, partly because I don’t want to spoil if for those who haven’t seen it yet, but also because the emotions it left me with are still raw.
I was born three days after the premiere of the first Star Wars movie, back in 1977, and Star Wars has been with me all my life. It stoked my intense passion for film and film making, and inspired me to get a film education. Later, my interest gradually moved towards business and marketing of film, and a marketing education followed, where my final thesis was on the social networks and sense of identity in the Star Wars fandom.
As of this writing, it has been two days since I watched The Rise of Skywalker. Living in Norway, I get to see Star Wars movies (and other major blockbusters) a couple of days before they have their regular premieres in the US.
So, Star Wars has been an important and positive part of my life, and seeing the end of the Skywalker Saga feels strange. When I was younger, I watched Star Wars as science fantasy action adventure, but as I got older, and especially after discovering Jospeh Campbell and other writers, the myths and narrative techniques Star Wars was built on became more important to me.
Being somewhat of a “scholar” when it comes to Star Wars (aka Star Wars nerd), I really appreciated many of the the more subtle story points that came up in the film. There are strong references to Chuck Wendig’s Aftermath-trilogy (a book series I really like), the Rebels animated series, the Battlefront 2 video game, comics and many more. The regular movie goer might not notice these, but to a Star Wars fan like me, it ties all of the stories together, and it is one of the things I love about it.
As I’ve mentioned in my previous Star Wars reviews, I find that the theme of each film in the Skywalker Saga can be described in one word. I’m truly not sure about what word I would use (I have to let the film sink in a bit first), but for now, I would have to go with “balance”.
To sum it up, I loved The Rise of Skywalker. It is, without doubt, my favorite film in the Star Wars franchise, with a denouement I will never forget.