I’m going to start off by saying this is NOT my typical movie review. Star Wars is an entire franchise…and honestly, one I’m not very familiar with. Shocking. I know. In fact, I haven’t even seen all of the films. However, I am a Disney fan…and a movie fan. I REALLY wanted to see Episode IX, but I didn’t want to be confused. I wanted to understand it. At least a little bit. I also cannot wait to visit Galaxy’s Edge at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and I think my experience with the land will be even better if I understand at least a portion of Star Wars.
I was informed that to understand The Rise of Skywalker, I should at least watch The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi. So that is exactly what I did. I also turned to google for any questions I had about the characters or story line. And after that, I finally went to see the final chapter in theaters.
Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker | Thoughts from a Casual Fan
I will be the first to admit that I absolutely do NOT have the connection to the Star Wars saga like true fans. I feel like if you grew up watching these films, and eagerly awaiting the release of the next movie, you will have a much greater appreciation of the franchise than myself. That is not to say I didn’t enjoy The Rise of Skywalker. I just know I didn’t enjoy it like a “true” die hard fan, you know?
Having watched The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi definitely helped me understand the story. And I did love the characters. Rey is a true FORCE for girls to look up to. I love how she is so strong and powerful. Definitely a positive role model. The banter between Poe and Finn is hilarious. And I fell in love with BB-8!
Is Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker Kid-Friendly?
In almost all of my movie reviews I address this issue. Just because a movie is rated PG, does NOT mean it is suitable for all children. Episode IX is rated PG-13 for sci-fi violence and action. I chose to not take my two children with me to see this film. For starters, they haven’t seen the other movies. Yes. I know as a mom of two BOYS, this may seem shocking.
My two kids are 6 and 10. I know my 10 year old would enjoy The Rise of Skywalker immensely. BUT, I want him to watch the other movies first. He would love the science fiction, the story, and the great action sequences. I do feel like my 6 year old is too young for this movie. With a running time of 2 hours 22 minutes, I know he would get bored. There’s also a lot of violence that I don’t think he necessarily needs to see quite yet.
With that being said. If my kids have been watching these films since they were babies, I would probably have a different opinion for my younger son.
Best Quotes from Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker
I LOVE movie quotes, and for me, The Rise of Skywalker had some great ones! Here are my favorite quotes from the film…WARNING: they may contain SPOILERS!!!
“Don’t tell me what things look like. Tell me what they are.” Leia to Rey
“Never underestimate a droid.” Leia and Rey
“In the event I do not return, I want to let you know you’ve been a real friend, R2. My best one in fact.” C-3PO
“Rey, never be afraid of who you are.” Leia
“I don’t care if you win. I need Kylo Ren to lose.” General Hux
“Confronting fear is the destiny of the Jedi. Your destiny.” Luke to Rey
“We’re not alone. Good people will fight if we lead them.” Poe
“Kylo Ren is dead. My son is alive.” Hans Solo to Ben Solo
“Your mother’s gone, but what she lived for, what she fought for, is not gone.” Hans Solo to Ben Solo
Ben Solo: “Dad”
Hans Solo: “I know.”
I took that scene between Hans and Ben to be a tribute to Hans and Leia’s famous “I love you. I know.”
“We had each other. That’s how we won.” Lando
“I did want to take your hand. Ben’s hand.” Rey
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.