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When I saw the first Star Wars movie, A New Hope, I was small enough to sit on someone's shoulders as we stood in line, waiting for the movie. The scene in the bar gave me nightmares for weeks.
When The Empire Strikes Back hit theaters, I was a little older and ready for the movie. It made me sad and kind of grossed out when Han cut open the tauntaun and shoved Luke into the belly to keep him from freezing while he made their camp. The scene where Luke was hanging from Cloud City scared me because I'm afraid of heights. And I cried when Hans was frozen in carbonite.
And when Return of the Jedi hit theaters, I was almost a teenager. I loved seeing a “grown-up” Luke show up at Jabba the Hut's palace to rescue Han and Leia. I cried when Yoda and Darth Vader died. And, despite being a pre-teen, I was young enough to enjoy the Ewoks. And Leia was smart, bossy, brave, and she KICKED ASS!
Star Wars is one of my favorite movie sagas. I loved Episodes IV, V, and VI. Try as I might, I couldn't get past the awful dialogue we were subjected to in Episodes I, II, and III – I'm supposed to believe that bratty kid is going to grow up to be Vader? But I was ready, decades later, for Episodes, VII, VIII, and IX.
The Rise of Skywalker
Reviewing a movie like this with spoilers will be difficult, which means that this will be a short post. I loved the movie and found that it was a fitting end to the series. By now, the Star Wars franchise has given us both beloved characters that we've known for decades along with new characters introduced in Episode VII.
Obviously, because this is the end of the series, the Rebels will win, but the question, for me, is how and who will we lose in the battle. This movie surprised me several times as we learn the fate of both Rey and Kylo Ren. I loved their connection. Their battles were my favorite. But that wasn't all that was great about the last chapter in the series.
My favorite characters returned, Finn, Poe, Luke, Leia, Chewie, the Droids, and a few more I won't mention because I don't want to spoil the fun. And there was the perfect mixture of serious, funny, and action. No one cheered in the theater for this movie as they did in Avengers End Game. But looking around, I saw a lot of people who came to see the end of the story.
The message that I took away from the movie is that family is what we make of it and a lightsaber can cut down a tree!
Catch Up with Episodes VII and VIII
Revisiting Star Wars
As we were walking out of the theater, I thought back to the original trilogy that captured my heart decades ago and realized that although the technology has changed, Episodes IV, V, and VI still hold up for me. So, for Christmas, I'm going to sit down and watch them again (the originals, not the doctored up crap of the nineties) and follow up with VII and VIII. I'll continue to pretend Episodes I, II, and III didn't happen.
If you're waffling about seeing the movie and haven't purchased your ticket yet, then good luck finding a seat in a theater. I planned on returning for a second showing on Christmas and it's sold out. Not surprised since I purchased today's tickets the day they went on sale a month or two ago.
My Final Thoughts on Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
- Yes, this should be seen in the theater.
- Yes, I plan to buy the BluRay.
I loved every minute of it. I thought it was perfect. I wouldn't change a thing.