‘Rise of Skywalker’ gives an unsatisfying end to ‘Star Wars’ series

Grant  Nelson, Staff Writer

I saw the new “Star Wars” film, “Rise of Skywalker,” with my friends. Like every other fan, I have mixed feelings about the film.

The new “Star Wars” films are a mixture of creative changes and overdone fan service. “Rise of Skywalker” is no exception, with its amazing battles, new lore, lackluster pacing, lack of focus, and incomplete storylines.

Critics say that “Rise of Skywalker” is worse than the “Phantom Menace.” Fans say that it’s the best film since the “Revenge of the Sith.”

The film’s pace is hard to keep up with. “Rise of Skywalker” leaves several questions unanswered and throws plot curve balls all over the place. It seems like the directors rushed the film. The narrative in “Rise of Skywalker” conflicts with narratives from the previous film, and the new characters in “Rise of Skywalker” don’t feel real and aren’t memorable.

However, “Rise of Skywalker,” the final film in the Skywalker story, ends with light and dark side battles. It also draws in many dark Sith elements that will make hard-core “Star Wars” fans very happy.

“Rise of Skywalker” reintroduces many old stories and plot points that might be a bit dark for young children, but the Disney “Star Wars” films need this darkness back.

The fan service in the film is well put together. Unlike its predecessor, “Rise of Skywalker” feels like it belongs in the “Star Wars” universe.

I would give the film 7 out of 10 stars.