Let me start by saying that I have never watched any Star Wars film before yesterday. The little I knew about the franchise came from memes, pop culture references and the occasional mansplaining from a super fan. That said, I was pretty surprised by how much I ended up enjoying the movie.
Last night I got to attend the premiere of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. The event was held at ANGA IMAX located at 20th Century building along Mama Ngina street in the CBD. According to Wikipedia, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is a 2019 American epic space-opera film produced, co-written and directed by J.J. Abrams. It is the third installment of the Star Wars sequel trilogy, coming after The Force Awakens in 2015 and The Last Jedi in 2017. As the final episode of the nine-part “Skywalker saga”, its alternative title is Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker.
I’ll try not to give out too many spoilers here. The best thing I liked about Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was the effects. Right from the first frame, it seemed like the stars were truly close enough to touch and you were just a breath away from falling into another planet. I’ve seen 3D movies before, but this was on a whole new level and I loved it. I also really loved the visuals, especially during the big finale fight scene which had a lot of moving parts to keep track of. I’m not sure if it was deliberate or not, but I found the clothing choices for the main characters quite interesting. Rey, the ‘good guy’ that everyone was supposed to root for, was in all white throughout the film and carried a blue light saber. On the other hand, the ‘bad guy’ Kylo Ren was always in black with a red light saber. Another thing I loved were the secondary characters who were funny, warm and were a welcome relief from all the fighting and seriousness. Also also, the serious star power in this film alone is worth a look or two. I mean, Lupita Nyong’o is in this, though you would recognize her!
It was quite fast paced for a newcomer like me, and most of the story line went over my head. Some parts of the movie also didn’t make much sense, like why Ren kept being so reckless and endangering the lives of her friends. Or why Finn kept calling out her name and distracting when she was in an epic fight-to-the-death battle with Kylo Ren. Also, why was it so easy for Leia to die just like that with no warning at all?
Again, I wish I’d seen this with a bit more background information about the Star Wars franchise. As it stands now, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker was a very enjoyable three hours or so for me and I hope you feel the same when you see it too.