I was invited, along with my husband and a theater-full of local press, to see an early screening of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker opens in theaters across the US on December 20, 2019!
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Trailer
ABOUT Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
Lucasfilm and director J.J. Abrams join forces once again to take viewers on an epic journey to a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, the riveting conclusion of the seminal Skywalker saga, where new legends will be born and the final battle for freedom is yet to come.
The film stars Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Anthony Daniels, Naomi Ackie, Domhnall Gleeson, Richard E. Grant, Lupita Nyong’o, Keri Russell, Joonas Suotamo, Kelly Marie Tran, with Ian McDiarmid and Billy Dee Williams
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is directed by J.J. Abrams and produced by Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams and Michelle Rejwan. Callum Greene, Tommy Gormley and Jason McGatlin serve as executive producers. Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was written by J.J. Abrams & Chris Terrio.
Spoiler-Free Thoughts on The Film
Apparently, my husband and I have unpopular opinions when it comes to Star Wars movies. Dale was raised on the original Star Wars trilogy movies. He knows those movies backwards and forwards. He has some STRONG opinions about what excellent examples of cinema they are, especially since they were made in an age without the high tech special effects that we have today.
And as huge of a Star Wars fan as he has always been, he has NOT been a fan of the modern additions to the Star Wars saga. I’ll leave it at that.
He and I have, however, really enjoyed the side stories, such as Solo: A Star Wars Story and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
In other words, we tend to love the movies that aren’t received as well critically. but I know we’re not alone.
What I’m getting to is that we both agreed that Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the best of the modern Star Wars saga movies. There were many elements in the movie that made it feel more like the original, the action was excellent, the special effects were very well done (I was especially impressed with how they handled Leia in this film!), and over-all I thought it was a great way to end the saga.
Was it a perfect movie? Not by a long shot. Was it entertaining? Heck, yeah.
The thing that I noticed as we were making the hour-long drive back home from the screening theater is that the movie made me THINK. I noticed the symbolism more with this movie than with any of the previous movies, and I felt like you could write thorough college-level papers examining the parallels and lesson to be learned from the script.
Parents often ask how child-friendly PG and PG-13 movies are (note: this movie is rated PG-13). As expected from a Sci-Fi action movie like this, there are plenty of duels and fights, possible scary-looking characters, and intense action, but nothing that you wouldn’t expect. If you’ve seen the other Star Wars movies with your kids, then this will fit right in.
STAR WARS: THE RISE OF SKYWALKER
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