December 19, 2019
By: Ashley Kethley | December 20th, 2019

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters on December 20th, 2019.

The final film in the Skywalker has been highly anticipated and scrutinized- does it live up to its expectations or did the Last Jedi damage the franchise so badly they can’t come back from it?

Rey (Daisy Ridley) returns to fight against the Final Order led by Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and restore justice to the galaxy. With leadership from Leia (Carrie Fisher), Rey trains to be a Jedi and prepares for what’s to come.

A lot of people are very concerned about this film and rightfully so, Star Wars means a lot to people - it’s not just a movie franchise, it’s so much more. In particular, Princess Leia has had an insurmountable influence in many peoples lives. Leia is a beacon of hope, a light in the dark, and a symbol of hope. She has been a hero figure for so many, in particular, women. She broke barriers in sci-fi and her character has always fought for what she believes in - even when it seemed all was lost. I get extremely emotional just thinking about her. My eyes well up and I’m just overcome with feelings of love, for everything she did, but also sadness because her story is over. To know that Carrie Fisher also embodied all of the traits that Leia had and fought so many battles within herself - she was truly an amazing person and a gift. I think they did her justice and I can’t think of a better way to complete her story. I will always miss her - as I’m sure many of us will but I will always have memories of seeing her on the big screen and thankfully her legacy lives on in these films.

Whatever you've read and the negativity that’s been surrounding the Star Wars movies lately, it’s important to just watch this with an open mind - and heart. I did, I didn’t watch a single trailer or buy into all of the negative press, I just went in and watched a film about a galaxy far, far away and I loved it. I hope you love it, and that you are as happy with it as I am. They wrapped up the Skywalker saga appropriately and tied the whole franchise together.

Rating: 5 out of 5

AshleyKAshley Kethley (Contributing Editor) is a frequent traveler currently living in San Diego. She's a super nerd who enjoys all kinds of movies and doesn't always think the book was better.
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